Bright was supposed to be the movie Netflix would use to send a message to the rest of Hollywood; a big budget blockbuster brought straight to the small screen.
The movie was also supposed to be the start of a Will Smith career renaissance following a few disappointing duds. Smith, to his credit, did a fine job with limited resources in Suicide Squad but it’s not looking good now.
Due to be released on Netflix this December 22 and with plans already in the pipeline for a sequel, the fantasy hybrid thriller Bright is already garnering negative reviews with some critics even calling it the worst film of the year.
Set in an alternate reality where humans co-exist with orcs, elves and fairies, the movie sees Smith’s character Ward, a human and police officer, teamed up with orc Jakoby (Joe Edgerton) on a routine night patrol [SPOILER ALERT: IT ISN’T].
Does that sound like an intriguing premise to you? Read on to find out what some of the critics thought…
“That old Hollywood standby, the venerable buddy cop movie, may have met its anguished demise this holiday season. Will Smith just killed it.” – Mark Kennedy, Associated Press.
“Bright never convinces you that it has thought through the rules of its alternate reality, with the result that you can’t suspend disbelief, and it isn’t a reality.” – Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph.
“Stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton play it mostly straight here, doing their part to sell the dopey premise, but the screenplay offers viewers little reward for our own suspension of disbelief.” – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter.
“While we should all know better than to expect much from director David Ayer, he, usually, does decent action. In Bright, it’s mind-numbingly dull – some stabby, stabby over here, some bang, bang over there. Oops, you’re dead.” – Wenlei Ma, News.com.au.
“This movie is an absolute wreck-which is unfortunate, as it is also something of a big debut for Netflix’s original-films shingle.” – Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair.
“Bright is a series of disconnected action vignettes that work as standalone sequences, but don’t hang together in any kind of meaningful way.” – Bryan Bishop, The Verge.
“Middling Earth: a dreadful, misguided, ridiculous idea.” – Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist.
“Bright is a giant Christmas/Hanukah gift from Netflix to the major studios, as it shows the streaming giant falling on its face in its attempts to replicate the so-called Hollywood blockbuster.” – Scott Mendelson, Forbes.
“Ultimately, the biggest problem with Bright is that it squeezes nudity, profanity and blood into the kind of dopey adventure that should be aimed more at adolescents – right down to its simplistic lessons about tolerance.” – Noel Murray, LA Times.
“Bright takes a bunch of gobbledygook from The Lord of the Rings, liquefies it in a blender and pours it liberally over the same “corrupt cop comes to a moral crossroads” blueprint that Ayer has been copying since Training Day.” – Todd Gilchrist, The Wrap.
“In the end, it’s probably a blessing for Bright that it ended up on Netflix, where it can sit in a queue for as long as the audience wants. It’s the opposite of must-see.” – Vinnie Mancuso, Collider.
“Potentially a dark harbinger of things to come, Bright isn’t only the worst film of 2017, it could be responsible for many of the worst films of 2018 and beyond.” – David Ehrlich, indiewire.
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