Cast: Will Smith (Suicide Squad, Men in Black), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus)
Director: David Ayer (Suicide Squad, Fury, End of Watch)
Screenwriter: Max Landis (Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency)
Alternate reality, LA. It’s a world of magic; where fairies, orcs, elves and humans co-exist disharmoniously.
Bright is set around two central characters, policemen, human Daryl Ward (Will Smith) and orc Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton). They are partnered up, much to the disapproval of Ward, an African American man who is racist against orcs.
On a regular day on patrol, Ward and Jakoby arrest a man yielding a sword for causing a public disturbance. Nothing remarkable there, it’s just another day in the office, until the bum starts talking in Orcish, and making statements of a prophecy.
This arrest will send our cops on a mission of survival as they battle against gangs, orcs, fairies and brights in order to stop the Dark Lord.
I found Bright a great observation of human nature, and in this current climate very relevant as it addresses diversity, racism and acceptance head on.
The film leads by example as the cast is peppered with people from different cultural backgrounds and ethnicity.
The characters are well written, Daryl Ward, is a grounded, no nonsense LA cop, and who better than Will Smith to infuse subtle complexity and layers to his performance.
The first orcan cop on the force, Nick Jakoby is incredibly sympathetic and likeable. He is wonderfully portrayed by Joel Egerton, his ability to emote so much through heavy prosthetics, says a lot for his acting expertise. An award winning performance if ever there was one.
On a mission to serve the Dark Lord, is Leilah the agile elf, played by the erudite Noomi Rapace. She remarkably performed her own stunts, her back flip is so accomplished it would rival any Olympic gymnast.
I would be very surprised if audiences wouldn’t like to see a sequel of this buddy cop movie.
So wave your magic remote control at the TV, to instantly play Bright.
Available on Netflix from Friday 22nd December.
Words: Claire Bueno
|Runtime: 1 hour, 57 minutes||Year: 2017||Genre: Action, Crime, Fantasy||Streaming Service: Netflix UK, Netflix US|