‘Bright’ is dull, dimwit

Still, there are five more days to go before you arrive in 2018. And, if you have not watched ‘Bright‘ yet, do so, for you won’t want to miss the worst film of 2017. Netflix is going to be the next big thing in terms of the way we watch films, and this is their first blockbuster (whatever that means!), so we need to encounter it. Watching a total trash with a tint of magnificence may also be rewarding. This Will Smith-Joel Edgerton-Noomi Repace film helmed by David Ayer was supposed to be a genre-mashup, but has ended being a genre mess up. Netflix, the producer, tells us this in the genre section of the introduction-

‘International Films, Crime Films, Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Crime Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Blockbuster Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Fantasy’

Oh, Babe! Let’s chant again!

‘International Films, Crime Films, Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Crime Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Blockbuster Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Fantasy’

The film has all these elements, and that too in plenty, but its narrative fails to carry them with any seriousness or in any sublime ways. Each and every scene or event reminds you of hundred such scenes or events you have already watched on the screen, many of them on Netflix itself. The film ends up being its own pathetic caricature.

The film has ambitions to become blockbuster. This is the first big-budget production- $100mn- Yo Honey, it’s Hundred Million Fucking US Dollars- of the streaming company and it has been released in selected cinema-halls along with the streaming on the internet since 22 Dec.

‘Bright’ unfolds in an alternate world divided into classes- represented here as different species. The Elves are the ruling elite- ‘the One Percent’, the humans- earning, living, going on, and the Orcs- the marginalised, persecuted and deprived. The protagonists- one human and one Orc- are cops in the LAPD. The Orc is the first one from his people to land a job with the police department under a diversity programme. The Elves are all White and trying to get hold of an ancient magic wand to be the supreme beings. Other species are also after that wand.

The cops find themselves in the thick and thin of this conflict, and become aware of the whole puzzle when they meet a female Elf and partner with her. The narrative progresses with lots of gun fight, fire, schemes, bonding and chasing with one and two liners thrown in between without much suspense or thrill.

The class politics, the film trying to underline, is jarringly shallow. It seems the director has decided beforehand not to go into any detailing about anything. The depiction of diversity of species has to depend on heavy make-up and altered voices. Finally, the magic realism and fantasy of the director-writer duo end up being a horribly boring and jarring experience. Goodness, they are going to make a sequel of ‘Bright’, so the saga continues the next year. Why Netflix, Why?

The only consolation with watching ‘Bright’ is that you watch it at home. So, meanwhile you chat on whatsApp, check your facebook, tweet some links, answer a call or two. Also, get a cuppa or a cocktail. Since you are not attentive too much, you feel okay oakay. And, I guess, the makers are aware that you watch it on your phone, tab or in the living room, and you are distracted too much to pay attention to stupidity panned in the name of a blockbuster.


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