What Went Wrong in Netflix Bright Movie Review & The Action Video Featurette #BrightMovie

For months now I've been posting about Netflix Original Film BRIGHT, in select theaters and on Netflix starting December 22nd. I confess, I've been semi stalking online info about the characters and the film, which is how I scored tickets to a theater screening 1 day before the official release.

Note: I'm part of Netflix #StreamTeam program and will share news about their service. However I attended the BRIGHT screening on my own without Netflix. LOL. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Could I have waited to see it on Netflix when it release in just a few hours? Yes.

BUT from the trailers and synopsis story-line, BRIGHT offered so much action and drama that I NEEDED to see it ALL on the large screen. Plus I just couldn't bear to wait any longer to see it. I just couldn't.

So you get that I was excited to see it right? So you can also get my frustration when while watching it, things went way different then I expected. Way different. Ugh.

So what went wrong?

First, lets take a step back to understand what I was expecting.

This year has been amazing for Netflix, who has released series and content that touch on the hot issues of diversity, cultural clashing, social and racial issues. From series like Dear White People to social campaign for the #FirstTimeISawMe and ALL that's come since then, Netflix showed that it's not afraid to go there. Not afraid to show us the issues surrounding us in society and in ourselves. I was loving all the boldness.

So when I saw the info that BRIGHT was in production, I got ready. And when the teaser trails, images and character backstories started coming out. I stayed ready. By the time everything was ready to release, I was set to GO!

I expected BRIGHT to hit all the nerves and tackle all the issues, cause I knew Netflix could step up and do it and it would be awesome! But they didn't. Nope they sure didn't!

BRIGHT started off strong, I gotta admit that. We got the emotional connection with the characters and the social climate between the humans, elves and orcs. We knew that was coming. But what we needed was to see what that meant. Sadly we only got a glimpse.

When things were getting all good, the shooting started. And never stopped. For the remainder of the movie, it was all mostly bang bang as Smith (Officer Ward) and Edgerton (Officer Jakoby) ran around trying to protect an elf women and a magic wand

And to me that's where everything went wrong. BRIGHT went from being a film about social issues to one about action adventure with some magic. Which it REALLY DIDN'T NEED.

Netflix Bright: The Action Featurette

In this brand new featurette, the fearless cast discuss shooting the movie’s mind-blowing action sequences, including an exciting gas station scene, working with director David Ayer, and how Rapace transformed herself into a terrifying villain.

Listen, I'm all for some action, humor and heck sure throw some magic in for some fun, but not when it becomes the focus. And does very little to drive the story-line.

The elf Tikka needed to stop spacing out for most of the movie and bust out some of those elvish ninja moves those other bad elves were doing. Or at least use some of that "powerful" magic she's suppose to have. Stop being a female victim who needs to be saved by the men. Seriously.

And what's up with elf Leila, who seemed like a serious threat...till she wasn't. I can't believe how she went out and that almost "I kissed a girl" scene. I ain't even gonna say anything. You gotta watch it to believe it.

Then there's this dude. What does he do?! A federal agent who track down magic. But doesn't he looks like he can do something more then just walk around glaring at people? I totally can see him battling it out. But nope.

While the elves made me give major side eyes, the orcs had me scratching my head. They seemed really powerful on their own but instead used weapons and dressed in hip hop clothing. And spoke slang. *sigh*

There was some cool Orc history and folklore shared but it's so brief. It really leaves us feeling lost about the deal with the Orcs and what they're going through as a "people".

BRIGHT was suppose to be a modern version of our lives, but with some fantastical creatures added into the mix. I get it. But the magic element didn't fit. It was more of a distraction. And a chasing element. Everyone was chasing the "magic" in some form or other.

But the real story is the interaction of that mix of human, elf, orc (and whoever else) and what it can touch in us as "beings".

Not how we can shoot and curse at each other. Ugh that other thing. The language. Lots of cursing. Sometimes I felt just for cursing sake. Again, didn't add anything to the story line.

I really feel that BRIGHT had what it takes to do what it set out to. There was real moments that gave us a peek of the deeper story. The deeper issues affecting both Ward and Jakoby. The peek into THAT world was amazing.

Smith as Ward brought all the pieces of a man dealing with conflict in all parts of his life, but still trying to do what's right. Edgerton as Jakoby showed us what it means to stay true to our inner beliefs, even when it goes again everything we're "suppose" to be.

And then there's the dynamics between them. Not friends but not enemies either. They're figuring things out on their own terms. I'm so loving ALL of that and wish to see more.

So overall BRIGHT, can be amazing. It really can. But it needs to be stripped of the "extras" and allowed to develop into whatever it can be. I REALLY hope this happens. Because films like BRIGHT are NEEDED to touch us and help us grow as a community.


The streets of Los Angeles will never be the same. This December, Will Smith and Joel Edgerton bring the heat (and some hardcore deadly magic) to fans across the world in the Netflix film, Bright.

Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a deadly, thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Olivieri, and Kenneth Choi.

Netflix Bright | Official Trailer

Directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, Training Day)
Written by Max Landis.
Producers David Ayer, Eric Newman, and Bryan Unkeless.

Watch Bright on Netflix: www.netflix.com/bright

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  1. I will be watching Bright during the break!! But love the good and the bad of your review.

  2. Yes I tried to share both good and bad points about BRIGHT. Can't wait to hear what you think after watching it.