Bright has a bad reputation. Long before its release, all the editorial staff were skeptical about the arrival on the Netflix platform of David Ayer’s film, more than a year after the very bad Suicide Squad. And then the American critics began to destroy the feature film, some like Indiewire explaining in particular:
If the bet pays off – if Netflix steps up its attack on the cinematographic experience by developing blockbusters more or less optimized for a sleeping audience – we can imagine a dark future for the cinema. ”
It’s a fact, Bright is clearly not the best achievement you’ll see this year, far from it. But it is not for all that the announced turnip. We explain why. Note that our third year intern, Paul, also saw the film and decided to give his opinion in the following lines.
Heavy problems to bear
Welcome to a Los Angeles totally different from the one we know. In this alternate world, Men live in the company of Elves, Orcs or Fairies, even if each race does not know the same fate. Here we follow the story of Daryl Ward and Nick Jakoby, a man and an orc, two police officers forced to team up. But beyond the differences and stereotypes that separate their two races, the two colleagues will have to succeed in thwarting a threat that could sow chaos throughout the world.
Bright has many problems. Scriptwriting at first. The universe that is portrayed to us is full of promises, more than intriguing, and during the first fifteen minutes we hope to be entitled to a complex story and tortured characters. But nothing ever really happens. Everything is excessively poorly presented to the viewer and we never understand the origins of this world completely different from ours. Why do Orcs and Elves live in big cities with humans? Were they there from the start or did they arrive later? Why did wars separate them and how did they take place? So many questions whose answers remain lost in the middle of the different scenes of the film.
Paul’s opinion: The film starts off very well with very interesting shots (especially the part with the graphitis). Bright’s universe is very varied, which is a good point. I enjoyed seeing a world where Orcs, Elves, and humans live and it was all pretty well described. It is above all the story that was well brought up with this mixture between the different races which must succeed in living together.
Bright tries to become a real social and political parable by playing a lot on themes such as racism or indifference. And this is an interesting point in the film which tries to prove to us that there would be no more distinctions between “black”, “white” or “Mexicans” if we were surrounded by other living beings. But in David Ayer’s hierarchy of achievement, Man is not above it. These are the Elves who rule the world, who have the money and power, and who even master magic. Humans are the “middle class,” the one that tries to get by while the Orcs are less than nothing given the most insignificant tasks. If the feature film continually plays on these themes and tries to make us aware of the stupidity of racism and the evils it engenders, he never tells us about his origins and at no time delves into the subject. And it is truly damaging.
Paul’s Opinion: The contrast between Men, Orcs and Elves, who dominate the others, is stark. We quickly feel that it is a question of talking to us about a new form of racism and this is a point that struck me.
Last big weak point of the film: its inconsistencies. If you’ve ever seen Bright, you know what I’m talking about. We think in particular of the small group “Shield of Light” whose foundations and motivations we never understand and which is as quickly forgotten as it is presented. Thus, their role seems more than essential to the smooth running of the different scenes and yet we would almost forget that they exist. In this sense, we could speak of the man with the sword, who arrives without really being expected and who would have deserved better treatment. It is the same for the character of Edgar Ramirez (Kandomere), an FBI agent who was thought to be extremely important for the story and who in reality has only limited interest. However, his arrival in the film suggests more than the opposite. The same goes for the main antagonist, Liela, embodied by Noomi Rapace, whose ideology we never really understand. In short, Bright is full of inconsistencies that spoil our final pleasure. Because there was pleasure.
Paul’s opinion: There are certain moments that are out of step with the rest. One thinks in particular of the scenes where the characters speak of “magic wand”, which takes us a little out of the story. On the other hand, the moments with Ward (Will Smith) and Jacoby (Joel Edgerton) are really the best of the film and the two actors make the pair well.