BRIGHT On Netflix, A TV Review

This is another humble TV review of Bright, on Netflix.

Bright on Netflix stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramírez, Lucy Fry, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Happy Anderson and others, in a film written by Max Landis (Mr Right, American Ultra, Chronicle) and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, Suicide Squad, Sabotage).

"Set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans. A human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for."

Bright starts out showing us the world that this story takes place in, a place where Orcs are looked down upon, Elves seem to own everything, and magic is a rare and coveted commodity.

We learn that Ward (Smith) was shot some time ago, because his partner dropped the ball. His partner is an Orc named Jakoby (Edgerton). Ward does not trust Jakoby after his shooting.

On top of that issue, Jakoby is the first ever Orc cop, so there's a ton of political pressure on the situation.

And then they arrest an elf (Fry) with a magic wand, and all hell breaks loose as the world comes down on their heads, chasing the wand, including a special kind of small, ruthless and deadly squad also hunting for the wand, led by Rapace and looking for a "Bright." Rapace was hot in this action role.


So the world it's usual, hating everything that's different with the usual social inequity. There's a movement to capture the wand, and our heroes, starting out at odds with each other, have to work together to get through the night.

On IMDb, the show has a 6.8/10 so far, Rotten Tomatoes -> 31%, and IGN (7/10).

The film has a fascinating spread of reviews, from being the worst offering that Netflix has to offer, to this film proving that Netflix can do blockbusters.

Will Smith brings his usual matter-of-fact persona to his role as the human cop in the troubles set of partners.

Edgerton, I think, plays a good Orc. I say I think, because his portrayal of the Orc is quiet and awkward. Orcs are strong, but not quick.

Rapace plays the Elf chasing down the magic wand. Between her and her Elven squad, they play some serious, kick-ass characters. Their action scenes are awesome, even if they are the bad guys.

The first half of the film develops the world, story and characters. The timing of the developments was pretty good. Once we get it, and discover that the evil Elf can not get her wand back, at all, the second half of the story becomes an everyone is chasing our heroes story.

All in all, I thought the film was a nice divergence from the day though I had issues with our heroes being able to take on the fantastically skilled evil Elves, but hell, I can work with it to enjoy the movie.

In the end, we have an elf, Orc and human work together, which is a nice gesture to suggest we can all eventually work together, though to be honest, there were a few moments that you thought the film was done, but it kept going, then ended again, but kept going... but that wasn't a bad thing. Just a little confusing.

I'd say "go see it," but, well, it's on Netflix, so, stay in and see it! You might like it.

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