Bright (Film) Review

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Jill and I thought we’d take a break from Christmas viewing for one week to spend a little time in Fantasy Land with the fairies. Or Elves and Orcs, mainly.

This week’s pick had the added bonus of my mother’s input as we watched, since she’s been with us for Christmas. I have to say, her love of shit films echoes mine perfectly, thus making them at least 65% more enjoyable than they actually are.

So without ceremony and *spoilers*

Bright (2017)

IMDB Synopsis

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.
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Neither ta but heaps of sour cream

My Review

Daryl Ward (Will Smith) is injured badly on the job one day while his partner, Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) is buying burritos (which I think it pretty legit if we’re honest). Unfortunately, Jakoby isn’t just a cop, he’s also the first Orc police officer. Since Ward’s attacker was also an Orc this is going to lead to some political shit in a bit, just you wait and see.

Following Ward’s shooting (which he survives, just about), Jakoby is more or less blacklisted by his colleagues and seriously distrusted by his partner who feels let down by his lapse in judgement that day. He’s also been rejected by the Orc community for choosing the cop life over gang-banging. (If you’re looking for subtlety here, this isn’t the film for you).

I suppose a bit more background would be helpful. Humans live in rickety harmony with Elves and Orcs following thousands of years of fighting. While they all manage to live together, suspicion still bubbles beneath the surface.

Our Odd Couple may no longer get along but there’s still work to do and Ward is back on the job following a long recuperation. First he makes Jakoby watch another Orc get beaten up by cops to test his loyalty to the po po. Since Jakoby has only ever wanted to be a police officer the side he’s chosen is clear.

Then they pick up a mysterious dude with a sword that whispers something to Jakoby in Orcish about a prophecy and I didn’t really get it. Just that there’s a hint that maybe our two anti-heroes are more important that we’ve been lead to believe.

While all this madness is going on, Ward is being leant on by Internal Affairs to get a confession out of Jakoby for his actions on the day Ward was shot. He let the perp get away conveniently and the bureau want to sack him with probable cause. Ward isn’t comfortable with this but is promised an end to his crushing financial woes if he plays along.

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Bringing in the big guns

Shit gets real when Ward and Jakoby are called to a safe house (something about a militant group called Shield of Light) where loads of elves have been killed. They rescue the lone survivor, an incredibly annoying elf called Tikka who has a magic wand in her possession. The wand must not be touched by human hands unless that human is a ‘bright’.

And you know what? So much happens that I just can’t go into it all. I can however tell you that the partners are double crossed by back up officers and Jakoby tells Ward the much-needed truth about what happened when he chased his shooter that day – prompting Ward to take a massive leap of faith.

They go on the run with Tikka who is being chased by Leilah (Noomi Rapace), the true owner of the wand and there’s a super beautiful Elf called Kandomere (played by the most beautiful man in the world Edgar Ramirez) knocking about in the FBI too. He’s on the tail of Ward and Jakoby which is lucky for them tbh. He can chase me any day.

Jakoby along the way is forced to face his heritage and the consequences of his past actions, while Leilah draws closer. What’s the fucking prophecy all about though and what’s so special about Ward?

Why can’t Tikka get that goddamn hair out of her eyes and stop being such a sap? What is a bright and could someone close to us actually be one? And finally, is all this shit really worth it for Jakoby who has been isolated for so long from both Orc and Human communities?

You could watch this I suppose to find out the answers for yourselves. You know, if you can be arsed.

My Thoughts

Uh. Whatever. This has an awful lot going on and although it’s fun in places, I feel as though it takes itself way more seriously than it should. It’s also very heavy-handed on the messaging about race and police brutality. Which is fine, I guess. Subtlety is not something one expects from the director of Suicide Squad.

There’s not really much more I need to say. Why is it two hours long? Why was Tikka such a disappointing character? Why can’t real elf men like Kandomere really exist?

“Yeah, Christa? Fancy going out for a bite? Something elf-y?”

My Rating

2.5/5. SHRUG. Take or leave really.

What was Jill’s take on this one? Would she ram a wand in its eye or save it from savage Elves? Find out here.

6 thoughts on “Bright (Film) Review

  1. Urgh, Tikka. For real–I wanted her to be so much better, but she spent like 75% of the movie speaking Elvish that no one understood and being carried around by Nick. Even Leilah I found super disappointing. It’s like everyone in the movie was cursed to be incredibly bland and forgettable.
    I kept expecting that elf FBI guy to be evil! I guess it’s a wake up call to check my elf prejudice, but I think it was the combination of creepy eyes and impeccable grooming habits. Usually a sure bet for a criminal mastermind.
    I found Nick’s explanation of what happened with Ward’s shooting somewhat lacking–how did he lose that initial guy if he later claimed he could smell that the guy he caught up with in the alley wasn’t the shooter? I feel like narratively it would’ve been more interesting if someone really was working with orcs; for a cop drama, this was relatively light on conspiracies. I thought for sure Ward being shot was going to be part of some big conspiracy to do with him being a bright (oops, really important spoiler). Maybe if we’re lucky (ha) that will be covered in the sequel.

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    1. I cannot deal with how disappointed yet unsurprised I am by this film. It was going to be shit, wasn’t it? I guess I didn’t count on how shit. You’re so right about the lightness and I also would have liked some more creatures since that was the original attraction for me (and for most of us). I think Nick was also made out to be a bit of a dufus when really he should have been the world weary one. Ugh the more I think of it the more I’m just over it. Even my mother’s ridiculous commentary couldn’t ease the pain of this one. Fuck you David Ayer. That said, of course I’d watch a sequel, where do I sign? xo

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      1. It’s so bad if you can’t even figure out the tropes they’re going for in a cop drama! Nick for sure deserved to be the jaded cop over Will Smith’s character…and honestly it makes way more sense to let Will Smith be a charismatic lead than wade through the grizzled old veteran role.

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