Bright is not the worst-reviewed movie of the year overall, but it can probably claim the most savage reviews.
That’s because the people who hate Netflix‘s $90 million blockbuster attempt really hate it.
In case you weren’t aware from the streaming service reminding you every time you turn it on that it’s available Thursday at midnight, Bright is a gritty cop drama where Will Smith has to team up with a new partner — an orc, played by Joel Edgerton.
There’s also elves and magic — it’s basically Lord of the Rings meets Training Day. And it’s being called “the worst movie of the year.”
See what the early reviews are saying (below):
Mark Kennedy, Associated Press: “That old Hollywood standby, the venerable buddy cop movie, may have met its anguished demise this holiday season. Will Smith just killed it.”
David Ehrlich, IndieWire: “There’s boring, there’s bad, and then there’s Bright, a movie so profoundly awful that Republicans will probably try to pass it into law over Christmas break… Ayer’s dim and sloppy action set-pieces look wildly out of place on a movie screen (they’re so bland you almost expect Iron Fist to show up), and the constipated dialogue scenes that surround them tend to repeat the same points ad nauseam, as though they were written to accommodate a teenage kid who’s multi-tasking between the movie he’s watching in one window and the porn he’s streaming in another.”
Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times: “The film’s look and tone is so aggressively grim that the title almost seems like a joke.”
David Fear, Rolling Stone: “The problem with setting a familiar story in a foreign universe is that you have to establish the parameters of said universe or risk losing your audience. That’s world-building 101, folks. Bright does not care about that. Bright‘s attitude is closer to “fuck you for not somehow keeping up with our cool shit” before doing a lot of push-ups.”
Emily Yoshida, Vulture: “Bright turns out to be more interested in its mythrilpunk world-building than any kind of social commentary, which is a good thing, because while it is so-so at the former (the plot holes in this thing), it is clearly out of its depth with the latter.”
Todd Gilchrist, TheWrap: “Even Will Smith’s irrepressible charisma can’t compete with the unrelentingly muddy production design, the poorly-conceived characters and a profoundly stupid racial metaphor that somehow amplifies stereotypes of actual ethnic groups. The result is another genre disaster that’s only impressive in how arrogantly the filmmakers presume audiences will want it to be expanded into a franchise.”
Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair: “There is a whiff of an interesting idea in there, but it is buried in tedious scenes lacking clear direction, endless generic (and poorly lit) shoot-outs, and cringeworthy sequences of allegedly witty banter.”
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