Bright - Review

There are only so many ways you can do a cop movie with mismatched partners fighting corruption. But Netflix was able to come up with a fresh approach with Bright.

The premise of the movie is that mythological beings such as fairies, elves, centaurs and orcs live along side of humans. They have been around for thousands of years but there are very tense race relations.

Will Smith is a cop with the first orc police officer as his partner. He is not happy with the situation and the orc is not the best cop, although he is honest.

The title of the movie comes from the brights, mostly elves but some humans, who can use magic wants. Anyone other than a bright explodes when they touch a magic wand.

The plot surrounds the adventures of Smith and his orc partner as they are pursued by the police, wicked elves, feds and gangsters. In the midst of this, these two comes to places of self-discovery.

There were some things I didn't like. There is lots of swearing and some brief nudity. But having said that, it was a fun movie. More than that, it was original. The movie takes fantasy and mythical themes and uses them to address contemporary race conflict.

If you can handle the swearing and if you like both fantasy and cop dramas, you will like Bright.