Netflix recently released their first ‘blockbuster’ movie starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. This is a big deal because it shows that Netflix are going to be branching out from just hosting movies to producing their own huge movies to draw people to the site. This movie had a lot of hype around it and with Netflix already renewing it for a sequel before it’s release many people had really high expectations. However, whilst watching the film it became apparent that they were trying to fit too big a story into too little time. In this post I am going to be discussing my thoughts on why Bright would have worked better as a TV show.
Let’s start off with the lore, the world this film is set in takes a lot of inspiration from all of the most popular fantasy films. To me this is one of the most interesting parts of the film that they really didn’t have enough time to explore, there is a lot of talk throughout the entire film about the nine races which exist in the world but we only see the three main ones. Elves, Orcs and Humans. If they had gone through the approach of a television show then they could have spent more time setting this world up and introducing us slowly to all of the different races and what they are like. They don’t even have to focus on every single race to do this, just tell us what they are. You could say that this has been done to make more people watch the sequel, but surely this wouldn’t be a good idea as if you can’t interest people in the first film they are not going to come back and watch the second. Alongside this you also have the battle of the nine races, I would have loved some more time to have been focused on this as it seems like a good knowledge of what happened here would help understand what happens later on. We also learn very suddenly later on that the guy who brought this all together was an unblooded orc just like Joel Edgertons character, if we had known this earlier on it would have had more of an emotional impact when he becomes blooded as we can notice the connection ourselves without it having to be told to us.
Now let’s talk about the characters. Jakoby is a character who I wished we could have had some more backstory to as when we are thrown into this world in the movie we are just told that he is hated and not really given a reason. This is one of the things that I think they did right and I know they did eventually tell us, but I think it would have been better if we had a basic knowledge before hand and then over the episodes of the TV show we learn more just like in the movies.
The Elves characters or their relevance to the plot are not obvious at the beginning, we see one character stuck in a wall, she looks like an angel statue but it is later made known that she is an assassin who was sent to kill one of the other Elves. Their part of the story is very important to the main plot but it is very clumsily handled, it could have been better explained if there had been more time to get to know why the Brights and wands are so important.
As a first attempt it is a passable movie. There is plenty of action and explosives. More care could have been taken with the story to provoke more empathy and understanding of the characters and their actions. There are much better things to watch on Netflix. Fingers crossed for the sequel now the story has history to it.
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