Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.
I was excited for Bright from the first ad that was aired. As a big fan of Will Smith and a huge fan of Noomi Rapace, it seemed the film was destined to soar. It premiered on Netflix, giving more people the chance to see it from the comfort of their own home. I finally saw the film and I must say I was not disappointed. It was like Lord of the Rings meets District 9 meets Harry Potter meets End of Watch. It brought together so many elements from all of these great films to create something new. Director David Ayer did it right.
The film follows Daryl, a human cop who just wants to make it through each day in order to get back home to his family. His partner Nick is an Orc who turned his back on his race's expectations in order to work with the human police force. All he wanted to do was try to bring peace to all the races. Pretty soon, Daryl and Nick find themselves in the middle of a magic war when Tikka, a young elf and a Bright, stumbles into their lives after having stolen one of the three Wands from her sister, the ruthless Leilah. Leilah intends to unite the three Wands in order to return the Lord of Darkness to the world.
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The acting was fantastic. If any film would be Will Smith's comeback, it's this one. After the critically panned Suicide Squad (which I personally loved), and the unfairly abused Collateral Beauty (also enjoyed), it was great to see him as the tough guy with a good heart again. Then we have Joel Edgerton. He was different from his usual roles and stood out as the good guy wishing the world could be better. The third standout performance was Lucy Fry who played Tikka. She reminded me a bit of Milla Jovovich's LeeLoo in The Fifth Element. She was scared, on the run, and had no clue who to trust.
I was a bit sad that we didn't get more from Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez. With both being spectacular actors, it was a bit of a letdown for them to only have a couple scenes, especially Noomi since she was the film's main villain.
The only other thing I really had a problem with was the fact that the final showdown was rushed and not satisfying at all. There are several plot points left open and unresolved. Sequel setup maybe?
In conclusion, I thoroughly enjoyed the film and definitely recommend any fantasy and sci-fi lovers to check it out. I hope this film revitalizes Will's career and brings him back to the top-man status he once was. I give the film a 3.5 out of 4.
© 2017 Nathan Jasper