A week or so ago, I woke up extra early (thanks, brain), got a bunch of stuff done, and wore my injured self out. After hobbling around the apartment for 2 hours, I plopped on the couch and fired up Netflix. Bright was in the new section, and I had been harassed by it daily at work; ads for Bright were popping up on YouTube and Spotify. So I figured, why not?
Bright is a movie about the first orc on the Los Angeles police department’s roster (Joel Edgarton), and his partner (Will Smith). They pull over while patrolling because they think they’ve found a gang den, and are immediately fired on. Once they take out the shooter, they get inside and find a ton of charred bodies, explosives, and an elf cut in half and mounted in the middle of a symbol on the wall. There are two very important things they find in this room as well; a wand, and a bright.
According to the lore of this movie, a bright is an incredibly rare person; brights are the only ones who can pick up magic wands without exploding. Usually an elf (but sometimes human), brights are very rare, because the only way to know if you are one, is to pick up a wand. If you don’t explode, you’re a bright, and if you do explode, you aren’t.
The movie continues with some backstabbing, trusting no one, and protection of the bright. Our orc and human duo is chased all over Los Angeles by another bright who is looking for her wand and her sister, but wants to use them to summon the dark lord (so we can’t have that). It’s an okay plot, not great, but not as terrible as I expected it to be.
That’s basically how I feel about the movie as a whole; not great, but could be worse. That’s not a good thing, in my mind, because just about anything could be worse. The plot wasn’t surprising or astounding, I was actually a bit disappointed at the end, and I didn’t feel any sort of strong feeling about it either way. I do, however, think that the makeup team, cg team, and the world building writers, deserve a shout out. They did a fantastic job; the graffiti in the beginning isn’t believable, but the orcs are. It also feels like we’re in LA, just in a different universe.
It was okay. I think if you’re out of things to watch and alright watching violent films with nudity (there’s a strip club scene), and you’ve got the time, Bright might be an alright movie to watch. Or just to doze in and out of.
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