In case you missed the Academy Awards last night, Netflix unveiled the first trailer for Bright. What is Bright, you may ask? Well, maybe you should watch the trailer first:
Yup. Bright is the latest venture from direct David Ayer, known for classics such as the Oscar Award Winning Suicide Squad (boo!) and Fury (yay!). It’s written by none other than Max Landis, writer of films such as Victor Frankenstein (boo!) and Chronicle (yay!). If you couldn’t quite make what the hell was going on from the trailer, Bright fantasy/crime hybrid films, featuring Orcs with shotguns and Will Smith swinging swords as the LAPD. Yeah, it’s a little nuts.
Bright has been on my radar for quite some time now and it looks just as insane as I could hope. Although, the creative team behind this makes me feel conflicted. As you can tell from the films I’ve listed, both Ayer and Landis have had uneven careers. It’s hard to give Ayer the benefit of the doubt after he put out a film like Suicide Squad, but Fury and End of Watch are fantastic films. Landis usually comes up with some pretty unique and inventive concepts, but often has trouble making it compelling in the finished product.
Here’s hoping that these two can pull it all together for Bright, because I love the aesthetic Bright is going for. You never see orcs and elves and whatnot living in a modern day setting outside of your games like Shadowrun or Fables comics. There’s an innate ridiculousness to the contrast between high fantasy creatures and gritty modern day LA, and I can’t wait to see more. I’ll always pull for fantasy films to succeed.
Here’s a synopsis:
Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds. 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 young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.
Bright will be available on Netflix this December. Please be good.