Netflix Originals really are starting to become more and more high profile and there is no doubt that it was a real coup to pin down Will Smith for their latest offering, Bright. But this one does not just boast the Omni-brilliant Smith in its casting ranks, as star of the Milenium trilogy’s big screen adaptation, Noomi Rapace, also stars. Add to this, and you’d be forgiven for missing these after the make-up department’s incredible transformation, Brad William Henke (or Piscatella in Orange is the New Black) and Joel Edgerton (or Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby remake) and you could be excused for thinking that this Netflix Original is much more than just a straight to DVD (or streaming service) quality flick. And you’d be right!
Set in world where mythical creatures and humans co-exist, Director David Ayer (Suicide Squad) borrows elements from classics such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings to immerse the viewer into a whole new world.
Back on his beat in Los Angeles after being shot, Officer Ward (Smith) is partnered once again with Officer Jakoby (Edgerton), much to his dismay. As the only Orc, the notorious criminals in this universe, in the police force, Jakoby is the hated by Orcs and distrusted by Police Officers alike. Friendship is something with which Jakoby is unfamiliar despite devoting his life to protecting those who meet him with hostility at every turn. Nevertheless, Jakoby and Ward are set to embark on an experience that will ultimately alter many perceptions. I don’t want to give too much away at this point as I’m hoping that by reading this article I have done enough to whet your appetite. Expect explosions, magic and some expert shooting!
However, whilst the main focus of the film is the magic and the action for which many will enjoy it, the notion of belonging offers an intriguing sub-plot to the ‘Suicide Squad esque’ action extravaganza. Indeed, Jakoby is, in the truest sense of the word, an outsider. Outcast by Orcs and distasteful to his fellow officers he offers to the viewer a character that they can sympathise with. He really is a good guy who loves his job and the prejudice that exists towards ‘his kind’ in the movie is not as far as we’d like to think from our own reality. As you might have guessed, I am a fan of this creation as I feel that Ayer has taken something so clearly mythical and yet made a real life story from it.
It is my belief that the IMDb rating of 6.5 is somewhat harsh, especially when you consider that The Phantom Menace received the same rating! Nevertheless, with company such as Now You See Me 2 (honestly just watch both of these films on Netflix straight away if you haven’t seen them) and Gone in Sixty Seconds this film, despite its rating, seems to be one that is well worth watching. Indeed, Netflix has already confirmed a sequel will be gracing our screens and this is in no doubt due to the response.
If you’re stuck without anything to watch this week before summatives and formatives restart I think I’ve just given you an answer! (Don’t worry if you haven’t got Netflix because the Xbox in Central does and you can borrow the controllers from the Porter in exchange for the deposit of your campus card).