Signed up the 28/03/2017
You'd think that we'd be more open to original stories on our screens now that we're on the edge of 2018, what with the dozen and a half identical films we've protested this year alone. David Ayer's Bright comes along though, and everyone suddenly forgets the widespread pleas for more original stories. Critics are notoriously ever armed with "worst movie of the year" around this time of year, and it seems this movie made the perfect target. Original plot? Tackling racism? Making a certain group uncomfortable by confronting social injustices? Ayer had no chance. I'm not saying laud a movie solely based on its brave and fresh premise, but don't let it drown for that same reason either.
Whether we like it or not, reviews mean a lot to majority general movie watchers/series bingers, and if the common opinion is "bad" that's how a movie/series will generally be regarded. This fate is unfortunate for Bright, as the movie isn't only great, but may also be regarded as a foundation for new and brave cinema in the near future; cinema that breaks away from merely producing fan and critic-assumed plots, and instead creates stories that both push the boundaries and propell filmmaking towards a ripened path.
Ayer was clearly not too bothered by making a fancy film that panders to anything either than the story itself. The colours used, the production design, action sequences and the daring, experimental choreography all point to level-headed, strategic filmmaking; prioritising substance over making a blockbuster. This is a movie that is here to teach, and a lot of time it does so in layman's terms, which is quite refreshing as there isn't too much to decipher that the audience stands to miss the point. The point simply being: inequality is insensible and holds no relevance in the grand scheme of things.
The mythology at the centre of this story is as rich and sophisticated as high and epic fantasy plots such as the one in the legendary Lord of the Rings. The orcs, humans, fairies, elves and other living creatures alike who live among each other are historically rich in their respective existences. This very history is what led to the extreme division within the current reality imagined by Ayer and Max Landis.
Bright is a crime thriller as much as it is a fantasy, and as much as it is a historical drama. For the seamless blending of genres alone, the film deserves a standing ovation. It is a straight-forward visceral presentation begging for a sort of reckoning in society using hypothetical fantasy themes to substantiate. For me, the film serves greatly as the culmination of 2017 filmmaking. It gives me hope for a future- where Netflix is among the new and bold leaders of cinema and storytelling.
There's certainly room to build-on to the already strong-holding premise, especially with the magic that was used as a driving force of the narrative throughout the movie- which was never explored beyond a few spells and explosions. For a movie that is just under 2-hours long, Bright still came through and gave us an enduring and commendable narrative. There's certainly much to savor from this fresh, epic story, and I couldn't be more pleased!
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