Netflix has had a pretty great 2017 on the film front, with the likes of Okja and Mudbound amongst others. Their latest welcomes in David Ayer to the helm, for their biggest project to date: the $90-million+ Bright.

To give you best summation of the plot in this film is quite the task. Set in a world where fantastical elements and creatures blend with our own, and orcs/elves/humans/fairies/dragons(?) - one appears in the corner of a scene before disappearing - all live together, we follow two pretty forgettable cops - one orc, Jakoby (Joel Egerton); the other human, Daryl (Will Smith) - as they work together to protect a magic wand (a powerful item in this world, hotly coveted by many) and get it to safety whilst fighting off the many that come after them for it. Honestly, the screenplay for Bright is a sprawling mess. This film is a piping hot disaster; the writing is awful, with some genuinely cringe-worthy dialogue that will shock you because someone actually wrote it and with the intent of being serious too but MOREOVER, it's being read by actors of the calibre of Will Smith and Joel Egerton - not that the former has much of the career he used to now, mind you. The humour is non-existent and the jokes that the film tries to get in there are terribly unfunny. The characters are so forgettable and paper thin (I had to look up the character names of the two leads, never mind anyone else and I saw the film recently so that should tell you all you need to know about them) and, yes, the story is so convoluted and all over the place and doesn't make much sense.

It's a shame too, given that the potential is definitely there. The film actually starts off on a decent note and is fun for a while, promising to be something... and, in its defence, it is SOMETHING. It's just not the good kind of something we hoped for. The film has some pretty strong messages about race and acceptance too but it comes off as way too heavy-handed. It's not a film that looks or feels like it has the budget it did; it's fairly bland and dull from an aesthetic standpoint, with some colourless and uninspired cinematography and visuals. The direction is also disappointing, with David Ayer just unable to tell this story with much cohesiveness and seamlessness - it really is all over the place. The pacing is uneven and, tonally, it's so inconsistent and it makes for a very choppy, jarring watch. The action is pretty bland and the only real thing this film has going for it is the potential and Joel Egerton, who does as good a job as he can with such an underwritten character - whereas Smith just feels like he's phoning in. The concept of Bright is great, and in the hands of the director of End of Watch (a GREAT crime/cop film), it should live up to the potential. But it squanders it at every chance it gets and it may start off okay but it derails so fast and so much and becomes a dwindling light that just continues on its downward spiral until the credits roll and you're just glad that it's finally over.

Bright is a light that had potential but it squanders it and dwindles out quickly, leaving behind a mess of a film that struggles to navigate the darkness. 

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Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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