Let’s Talk About… ‘Bright’ (2017)

Netflix’s first blockbuster film Bright is now streaming for the service. Reviews haven’t been too kind to the property, with some saying it looks like it was built by an algorithm so that it will check off every “Because You Watch…” box.

The film does have some decent talent involved. David Ayer (Suicide Squad, Fury) directs the film, and Will Smith stars in it. Netflix has also ordered a sequel, but we’ll see if they will move forward given the reception. This film cost $90M so it wasn’t exactly cheap.

What did you think of the film? Give your thoughts down below in the comments.

Synopsis: In an alternate present where humans and fantasy creatures—Orcs, Fairies, Elves, Centaurs, Dwarves etc.—have co-existed since the beginning of time, human LAPD officer Daryl Ward (Will Smith) and Orc rookie officer Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) embark on a routine patrol night, only to discover an ancient—but powerful—artifact: a magic wand, that was thought to be destroyed, and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.

  • King Alvarez

    Agreed. It wasn’t the best movie ever, but it was an interesting take on things and made for a better movie than I expected it to be. Edgerton can really do no wrong.

  • Kemosabe 🦇

    You know what? I thought it was really dumb at the start, but by the end I wanted to see more of that world. Not great, but I ended up enjoying it more as it went along. Not enough Noomi Rapace though. I’d say it should have had about 150% more Noomi Rapace. And by 150%, I mean 300%.

  • King Alvarez

    Watching it now… Will see how it goes. So far it’s a poor Alien Nation ripoff.

  • The Nuclear Witch

    I seem to have missed that time — never believe him!

  • The Nuclear Witch

    You did better than me!

  • The Nuclear Witch

    Ick! Everything I hate in the first 2 mins:

    Will Smith
    Empowered doctor wife
    Crinkly-haired daughter
    Extra-species Racism
    Will Smith bogus tough-guy talk
    Rap music credits

    Then I pushed play again and it was more tough-guy dad/lovable daughter talk and I gave up.
    Just tell me a story, Hollywood, don’t try to draw me in with characters I don’t care about — I’m shallow that way 🙂

  • “Whoppi did it first” (a rift on the Simpsons version of the saying)

  • mother of dragons

    lol it’s not horrendous but it’s not that great either. I had a good time watching it with some friends. “i took two years of elvish in high school” Stuff like that made me crack up. I would describe it as an early 90s movie you rented from blockbuster because the cover art was cool and years later you go on reddit and ask “anyone remember that orc cop movie?”

  • *blank stare*


    There was an event which happened two thousand years ago, the broad strokes of which sound a bit like the Lord of the Rings.

  • TheGreenMalice

    I am about an hour in, and just came to talk shit about it in the weekend thread when I saw this one. The dialogue is so bad… so… so bad.

    There was a time when Will Smith could make bad dialogue sound legit and relatively cool. That time seems to have passed.

  • 10 minutes in and I’m about to turn it off. Come on David Ayer!

  • ResonanceCascade
  • Kemosabe 🦇

    I had medium hopes for this movie. I wanted it to be good. I haven’t seen it yet but I have seen a lot of negative receptions.

  • Kemosabe 🦇

    “Welcome to Middle ‘Erf.”

  • DryButSoupy

    Wait…do you mean that bit about Lord of the Rings being fact literally? Like, this story takes place in “middle earth?”

  • TheDeadFellow

    Baaaaaaaaad. A slight improvement over Suicide Squad in some ways (like the CG effects and editing) but the script is just as much as a obvious first draft as that film was. Between the barely there world building and bad dialogue, it’s not exactly an entertaining sit. Plus the movie wastes Noomi Rapace as a psychotic, knife wield elf. How the fuck do you screw that up?

    At least Joel Edgerton is there to pick up the slack. Use this film as evidence that even he can save a bad flick from being a full on disaster.

  • *blank stare*

    Was Bright the greatest thing ever?
    Nope, but I don’t think anyone thought it would be.

    Did I eventually get sucked into a gritty LA police drama where the events of Lord of the Rings were historical fact*?
    Yep. Yes I did.

    Cons: The world building was a little underbaked, the script and pacing felt uneven and even though I got how the ending was supposed to be, it felt pretty underwhelming.

    Pros: Solid action, non-referential (other than, you know, elves and orcs) and The New Shit.
    Thumbs up for bringing something *different* to the screen.
    Also Noomi Rapace.

    And the dragon forlornly circling the LA nightscape.