‘Bright’ Review

BrightBright is an urban-fantasy crime drama film directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis. The film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Édgar Ramírez, and Lucy Fry. Bright is set in an alternate present, where humans live alongside mythical creatures such as orcs, elves, and fairies. The story follows human LAPD officer, Daryl Ward, who gets caught up in a prophecy with his rookie Orc partner, Nick Jakoby, involving a magic wand, corrupt cops, gangsters, and a group of renegade elves known as the Inferni. Will Smith does a decent job as Officer Ward in this film, mixing comedy with a serious tone. He has great chemistry with Edgerton in that it feels like they have no chemistry. You can tell that Ward really does not want to be partnered with Jakoby. He doesn’t like him or trust him and doesn’t think that he is a good guy or a good cop. Watching the evolution of their partnership as they gain respect for one another is one of the best parts of the film. Joel Edgerton is hilarious as Officer Jakoby. You can tell that he is having fun in the role and easily displays all the necessary emotions under all of that makeup. Watching his interactions with Ward provides many of the comedic portions of the film. Noomi Rapace and Édgar Ramírez are serviceable in the roles of Leilah and Kandomere, respectively. Their characters play important roles in the film but are underutilized throughout. Any unnamed actor could have filled those roles and it wouldn’t have made a difference. Bright has an interesting concept and an in-depth world filled with much lore and history but doesn’t expand on more than what is presented on the surface. We never get to explore the backstory of the characters or how this world developed. We see glimpses of other intelligent species, but the film leads us to believe there are only humans, elves, and orcs. There is mention of a prophecy, but the film does not elaborate and the viewers have an unclear idea what the prophecy entails. This hurts the overall story, especially towards the climax. Characters such as Leilah and Kandomere are implied to have a backstory with each other, but they never spend a moment of screentime together. The film has choppy editing and doesn’t always connect from scene to scene. There are also story elements that do not connect to the rest of the film. The film has decent music, but it is either used at the wrong time or used for too long. At times, it is as if you are watching a music video for Bright as opposed to watching the film itself. I give Bright a Normal 5.7/10. The film sets up such rich mythology but doesn’t live up to expectations.

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