David Ayer’s ‘Bright’ lacks just about everything; backstory, emotion, sense. You name it, it doesn’t have it.
Netflix’s debut “blockbuster” was released on the 23rd December and just about every critic has panned it. Subsequently, it's been dubbed ‘Worst Film of 2017’, so it should expect a few Razzie nominations in the future.
What is truly remarkable about the film is how little of a backstory there is. It feels like the audience is just expected to know what all these mystical terms mean which makes it so confusing. The two characters who the plot basically revolves around, Leilah and Tinna, are sidelined for Will Smith’s Ward. The film shouldn’t revolve around him and, yet it does.
Credit where credit’s due, it is a unique concept, but Ayer’s execution is awful. Smith and Joel Edgerton play two police officers who get involved in a prophecy to stop a dark lord from rising from the dead. This ‘dark lord’ apparently was on earth 2,000 years ago but that’s the extent of what we know about him.
Ultimately, it’s boring and annoying. Edgerton’s Nick is the character we’re supposed to feel sorry for but to be frank he is insufferable.
At points where it’s supposed to be funny, it falls completely flat and just becomes cringey and difficult to watch.