I’m pretty sure that a lot of you have heard about the New Netflix Original Movie “Bright” and all the furore surrounding it. It has supposedly split audiences right down the middle with some people absolutely loving it and some others not so much. Now, I just want you all to know that I fall into the former category and think it’s a good film, based on the way I interpreted but we’ll get into that in a second.
First of all, I find it interesting that a critic went as far as calling this the worst film of 2017. Erm, excuse me!! I have been to the cinema a lot this year and also watched a lot of Netflix and I’m pretty sure that is an untrue statement. Having said that, I also believe that art (in which film is included) is subjective and as such people should not make absolute statements like that without stating that it’s just their opinion.
Carrying on from that, I would like to share my opinion on Bright and the criticism surrounding it. It is a genre mash-up movie which has Will Smith as one of the main characters. Once upon a time, this would have been a sure-fire recipe for success but apparently not anymore. It takes place in a mythical world which consists of races like Orcs, Elves, Fairies and other such creatures alongside Humans. In this world, each race belongs to a specific social class and rarely transcended or veered from their place in society. The film follows Will Smith and his partner who is one of the few creatures to veer from their social class. This is just a brief introduction as I don’t want to give any spoilers.
The thing with this film is that It makes you uncomfortable. All these clear social divides are not necessarily very pleasant to watch, especially for an audience in this time that is very race sensitive and bias conscious (allegedly). There is overt racism, bullying and class control being displayed. There are also very clear references to the police brutality which has been taking place in America. I’m not going to delve too deep into these topics because this is not a political blog.However, it does make me question the sincerity and origin of a lot of criticism this movie is facing. I say this because a lot of films that touch on these sorts of topics always face criticism for one reason or the other. In my opinion, this film is not any worse than the majority of the action and sci-fi movies out there. They are mostly predictable and just a bit of good fun anyway. At least this one makes you think, as well as entertain you, which is what good art should do (in my opinion).
I feel like if people did not feel awkward or uncomfortable watching this film, then it might have failed in its purpose. There were deeper themes being explored in it, than just the action and the mystical. Thing like friendship, family, corruption, race and class and I think that neglecting all of that to talk about the mixture of genres or anything else is doing the film a disservice. However, that’s just my opinion. The funny thing is that a lot of time, we as humans do not like to examine the darker parts of ourselves and sometimes lash out at anything which forces us to do that.
People might have put on Bright expecting to have a good laugh, switch off and just chill. I mean it did all of that, don’t get me wrong. However, it also came at them with scenes that made them question that joke they made the other day. It made them remember that time they looked the other way when someone was being bullied. It made them remember that time they betrayed their friend for money. The fact is that it is time for these sorts of films to be made and I for one enjoyed watching it. I have also heard a rumour that there might be a sequel in the works so let’s watch this space. If you haven’t seen it, go give it a watch and let me know what you think. If you have seen it, tell me your thoughts down below.I’d love to hear from you
Until next time, Ciao x