Bright (2017) ⭐⭐⭐

Ignore the critics, this is some of the most dumb fun I’ve had this year. 

 

 

Directed by David Ayer

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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Imagine End Of Watch meets the comic series of Fables, and you have Bright. Its a fun, roller coaster ride of a cop thriller thats wrapped up in a wildly inventive and interesting world where fairy tales exist. It also blends in some social commentary about racism, particular in the police department. So yeah, this is a genre blender, but its done well because of a streamlined plot and magnetic performances. Joel Edgerton kills it as Nick Jakoby, the only Orc in the police academy. We’ve seen comedy in blockbusters go horribly wrong this year (looking at you Marvel + Last Jedi), but here its used sparingly enough that it never overstays its welcome. Heck, theres some one liners here that REALLY go for it, and personally i loved it. Will Smith and Edgerton have great chemistry throughout as the unlikely duo, and the film is a brisk, entertaining ride throughout.

Its also surprisingly emotional for a film about chasing a magic wand. For the most part, it hones in on the cop partner relationship of trust, and smartly centers itself around surviving. This isnt a film out to make a political statement, but rather a boots on the ground view of discrimination. Now lets talk the bad reviews. Because my god i saw this film before reading the reviews, and i’m shocked by the negative reaction.

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Now, i HATED Suicide Squad because it was an incoherent mess that had no focus, no interesting action sequences and a boring villain. Bright has none of those issues. Taken on its own, it offers up a new world, filled with a pair of charismatic performances and some great action sequences. Sure, this ISNT a subtle film, but that doesn’t make it bad. Far from it. Bright is first and foremost, an entertaining thriller. Its violent, crude, but also inventive and funny. Its a well made B film with an unusually fun setting and dynamic characters. Go in with those expectations, and i honestly think you’ll have a great time.

 

Recommended for Fans of: Cop Thrillers, Gritty Fairy Tales, Fables

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