As a franchise grows, the probability that the latest entry will be terrible increases. But you’ve seen movies before, right? I don’t need to tell you what Sequelitis is. And you’d think, Deadpool being Deadpool, that you wouldn’t need to tell him what it is either.
When I reviewed Bright, I mentioned that one of my problems with the film is its worldbuilding. In the end, the film’s promising premise is let down by the lack of attention to the implications of the world that has been created, and it ultimately fails to give the message and tell the story that it wants to.
But we’re in luck! This movie might not have the best worldbuilding of all time, but the worldbuilding that it does have has a lot to teach us. So let’s get some learnin’ done, shall we?
I’ve said my piece on Bright—here’s Ethan’s!
Do you remember Suicide Squad? No, neither do I. But I do remember what I thought about it, which was 1) this is terrible 2) oh hey, it’s Will Smith! So, on that subject, let’s talk about Netflix’s Bright.
Director: David Ayer
Writer: Max Landis
Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Repace, Edgar Ramírez, Lucy Fry
Set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans. A human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for.
And not for the first time, either. But, I was having a conversation with ~the boyfriend~ and we needed a movie that wasn’t going to demand too much attention, so Why Him? it was. And it’s certainly … Well, it’s interesting, isn’t it? And here’s a brief review of the damn thing for you guys. Let’s go.
Yeah, I know. I write that like there’s only one. But you gotta clickbait that title, dudes. It’s not just YouTubers who are strangled.
In my review of the movie, the post to which this is kind of a follow-up, I didn’t mention this one thing that’s been bothering me since I posted it. So I’m going to cover it now. (So, spoiler alert.)
Yes, this movie is trying so hard to be a Marvel movie. Yes, this movie contains dumb shit like Aquaman saying “Booyah” and Superman and Cyborg bonding like they haven’t only known each other for seventeen seconds. Yes, this movie doesn’t keep the characterisation that it established in the movies that came before.
But it does something that bothers me just a little bit more? And what’s that? Well…
About halfway through this movie, I leaned over to LapsedHeathen and said, “Dad, I think this might be a bad film.”
“Yeah,” he said, “it’s not great, is it?”
I mean, I think we all knew going into this that it wasn’t going to be as good as The Avengers. And I think we were right. But … there’s more.