REVIEW: Will Smith gets you emotionally invested in Bright

Bright follows the story of two officers: Officer Daryl Ward (played by Will Smith, left) and Officer Nick Jakoby (played by Joel Edgerton). The unlikely duo work around the clock to keep alternative-present day Los Angeles safe from the onslaught of dark forces.


 

Directed by David Ayer, who was also behind the Hollywood movie Suicide Squad, Bright is set in an alternate universe where orcs, elves, and humans live—an alternate Los Angeles, to be precise.

Amidst an interspecies battle among humans, orcs, and elves, two LAPD officers must work together to protect an ancient relic from falling into the wrong hands.

Daryl Ward (Will Smith) and his partner Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), who also happens to be an orc, are partners in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Together, they must protect an elf who is a bright—someone who practices magic—and her wand from evil forces that threaten the world.

This Netflix original movie also stars Noomi Rapace as the villainous elf.

THE GOOD.

If you’re a fan of Will Smith, his performance will take you back to Wild Wild West, Men In Black, and Bad Boys. The humorous lines just fall off his tongue flawlessly. He also gets you emotionally invest in Ward.

Though the first half hour plays out like your typical cop movie, it soon becomes action-packed and takes a turn to the bizarre.

THE BAD.

The film, produced by Netflix, has received mixed reviews, and with good reason.

A world wherein mythical creatures in typical, present-day situations sure is a novelty, but after the initial interesting details, the novelty wears off.

Sure, there are the quirks and qualities unique to orcs and elves, but aspects like an old prophecy and much ado over a wand fail to hold water. There are also many plot twists that make no sense or just happen conveniently to move the story along. There are even some very cheesy details and lines that should have never made it to the final version.

THE WORTHY.

The visual effects and fight scenes in Bright are exemplary. And once again, if you’re a fan of Will Smith and his early work, you’ll love this movie. And hey, there’s already a guaranteed sequel!

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