Bright is a 2017 American urban fantasy action film, directed by David Ayer and, written by Max Landis, and starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Édgar Ramírez, and Ike Barinholtz. it was setting in an alternate universe where humans and mystical creatures like Orcs, and Fairies co-exist. Bright was released on December 13, 2017, in the Regency Village Theater and it was released on Netflix in the same month. Principal photography began in November 2016 in Los Angeles.
In an alternate reality where Humans, Orcs, Fairies, and other mythical creatures co-exist since the beginning of humanity and while magic exists but the practices are illegal, Two police officers from Los Angeles/LAPD, one who is a Human named Daryl Ward and the other one is an Orc named Nick Jakoby, who are challenging racism and police corruption, and protecting a magic wand and the elf girl who used it, and they have to fight an Elf named Leliah who wants to take the possession of the Magic Wand.
- The concept of a mythical creature being a cop is kind of creative and cool but it's poorly executed, and it ends up being a generic cop buddy film but with fantasy elements.
- Plot Hole: When Ward and Jakoby met Tikka, she falls onto the ground as she is holding the wand in her hand and glowing bright, and after she shoots the car she is wearing gloves at the time when the car explodes. So how she wore the gloves at the time where the car explodes outside the safe house?
- According to The Cosmonaut Variety Hour, why are the bad guys always find Daryl and Nick whenever they go (like the strip club), did they have a magic wand tracking system or something?
- Unexicsting and faulty script especially lines like "Fairy lives don’t matter today".
- Atrocious and dreadful world-building.
- It has some clichés you will likely see in a typical buddy cop film.
- Pointless pop-culture references, like when Ward told an orc that he looks like Shrek, a Men in Black (a movie that Will Smith starred in) reference, and even an Alien reference.
- Joe Rogan has a pointless cameo in the film, when an orc interviews about Jakoby.
- Very immature humor that tries to be funny but fails.
- Poor pacing and editing, especially for a film with a $90–106.2 million budget.
- The social commentary on issues like racism and police corruption is usually a red flag and heavy-handed.
- The main characters Daryl and Nick are cookie cutters, and they lack any distinguishing characteristics.
- Even the supporting characters like Kandomere and Hildebrandt serve no purpose in this film.
- Leliah is a terrible antagonist who has generic reasons for obtaining the Magic Wand.
- Most of the action scenes are very hard to see what's even going on, especially for people who have seeing problems.
- Will Smith's performance is decent, despite his flawed lines.
- The score is amazing, which is composed by David Sardy, which fits the tone of the movie.
- Even the soundtrack is astonishing, especially songs like "Danger" by Marshmello and Migos, "Smoke my Dope" by Steve Aoki and Lil Uzi Vert, and "Home" by Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors, and Bebe Rexha.
- Some action scenes are kind of fine and awesome, despite their flaws.
- The designs of Orcs and Elves are decent and cool.
- It showed us the backstory of why orcs and humans hate each other before, as you can see it in the graffiti's.
Bright received negative reviews from critics, and while audiences received the film positive reviews for its performances, action, and special effects, On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes the approval rating of 28% based on 109 reviews, with an average rating of 3.8/10, The website's critical consensus reads, "Bright tries to blend fantasy, hard-hitting cop drama, and social commentary—and ends up falling painfully short of the mark on all three fronts, On Metacritic the film received the average reviews of the average score of 29 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
- In December 2017, Netflix announced a sequel of the movie, with Smith and Edgerton reprising their roles, but in 2019, the production had been delayed, due to Smith's busy schedule, but in 2020 they announced that Louis Leterrier, to direct the sequel.
- Jakoby refers "Hammer Smashed Face" by death metal band Cannibal Corpse as an orkish love song.