Bright, the latest Netflix Original film directed by David Ayers (Suicide Squad) and starring Will Smith (Concussion, Bad Boys, Pursuit of Happyness) as Daryl Ward and Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty, Exodus: Gods and Kings) as Nick Jacoby, who play the part of two cops from different worlds forced to work together as a PR stunt was released this morning to mixed reviews. After suffering through that movie, I understand why. Nothing in this film works. Even Will Smith’s humor falls as flat as the rest of this film. Unfortunately, Bright is anything but Bright. The film lacks anything original or new. It’s as if David Ayers was trying to pay homage or was inspired by movies in the past (Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter come to mind) and tried to put his own stylistic spin on them, but with absolutely nothing fresh or inspired, the film just felt tired and dragged on.
Not even Will Smith or Joel Edgerton could save this movie. There was no chemistry between them, and forcing them together as partners on the police force in a world where fairies and Orcs are real felt as forced as making them work together on this film. I felt no heart from either of them, as if they knew they couldn’t save this sinking ship. Some parts were funny, but those moments were few and far between. The only interesting characters were the Elves that were trying to resurrect the Dark Lord that had been defeated centuries ago. They had some slick moves and interesting accents, but that was about it.
David Ayers tries to deliver a slick, sophisticated film that is hard hitting about race and working past our differences, but in the end that fell short, as I was distracted by just how bad this film was. If you liked Suicide Squad, you might like this, but honestly Suicide Squad was more entertaining than this drivel was. If you do watch it, let me know what you think of it. What you liked, what you didn’t like, and let’s discuss.