by Jack Bryson
(I don’t have Netflix’s permission to use any promotional thumbnails for the movie Bright)
Will Smith plays a cop (Daryl Ward) and he has an Orc partner (Jakoby) played by Joel Edgerton. The plot of this film was pretty good- Smith and Edgerton stumble upon a magic wand that only a “Bright” can wield. They try to keep the wand out of the hands of corrupt cops, orc and human gangs, and a religious cult led by Leilah (Noomi Rapace).
The film felt at times like a rehash of Lethal Weapon but with fairytale creatures. There are recycled themes of the jaded cop, race relations and class strife. Consequently, the fairytale creatures felt incidental and the world not as fleshed out as it could be.
I noticed in one scene there was a dragon flying over L.A. I’m curious how Smith’s world evolved to look exactly like ours with dragons and an Elven elite. Why didn’t history unfold differently? Would elves be wielding machine guns? If elves were in charge would we be living in California? Wouldn’t the state be called Menegroth or Gondolin? At any rate, maybe this will be explained in Bright 2. I give this film 3 out of 5 stars. It was just ok.
Spoiler- Tikka played by Lucy Fry stole the wand from Leilah and I was led to believe that Smith and Edgerton were protecting her cause she would save the day- nope, it turns out she was unnecessary. Smith was a Bright all along and he saved the day.