Netflix's latest feature film Bright is set to release this Friday, but critics are already warning us not to get our hopes up. The streaming service brought in the big guns by casting Will Smith as the lead role of LAPD officer Daryl Ward in its first attempt at a major fantasy action movie. Unfortunately, Netflix's $90 million dollar budget and the pull of a major movie star couldn't make up for the consistently cring-y mess that was Bright.
Bright is take on the traditional buddy cop movie that takes place in fantasy setting in which humans live alongside orcs, fairies, elves, and other creatures. Smith must team up with an orc, played by Joel Edgerton, in order to protect some ancient powerful relic that would have catastrophic consequences if placed into the wrong hands.
Directed by David Ayer, of the similarly disastrous let-down Suicide Squad, Bright has the critics riled up over snooze-worthy plot lines, bad jokes, and awkward allusions to America's current racial tensions. Here's what a few had to say:
"There’s boring, there’s bad, and then there’s Bright, a movie so profoundly awful that Republicans will probably try to pass it into law over Christmas break," said David Ehlrich of IndieWire.
"Astoundingly bad in virtually every way, Bright shares in common several of the shortcomings of Ayer’s previous film, including conspicuous evidence of desperate efforts to cobble its under-explained and yet somehow overcomplicated mythology into something coherent. It also snipes at the heels of sci-fi movies and miniseries like V and Alien Nation that explored race relations better literally decades ago," said Todd Gilchrist of The Wrap.
"[B]y setting his story within the LAPD, Landis and Ayer borrow the seriousness of that institution's checkered history to tell an otherwise inconsequential orcs-n-robbers yarn. It feels irresponsible at best, especially as interracial human violence is apparently a nonissue in this world, but Smith can still make a Black Lives Matter joke and it apparently plays," said Emily Yoshida of Vulture.
Bright had its fair share of critics on Twitter as well.
But not everyone was as harsh, and cited the fact that a sequel has already been ordered as evidence that nay-sayers are simply haters who are mad that Netflix is in invading the feature film world.
However polarizing the film seems to be, you can't deny that Netflix has succeeded in getting the people talking once again.