Bright, the Netflix movie released on December 22 2017 featuring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, has been panned by critics far and beyond according to their abysmal Rotten Tomatoes score. Comments from the aforementioned critics range from “this is the worst movie of 2017” to “this movie is offensively dim.” The plot of the movie seems harmless enough… buddy cop drama meets Harry Potter with Will Smith. However, once you get beneath the surface level analysis of the film, that’s when the “problematic” things begin to become visible.
The central point of the movie appears to be the differences between races. Not races of people, but races of beings. Humans, Orcs, and Elves are the three main races that are highlighted and focused on. The humans have a very diverse cast… blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics, and more. But none of that matters in this world. No mention of human race is uttered. The differences between Humans, Elves, and Orcs, on the other hand, is very noticeable. Many of the reviewers apparently did not like the portrayal of the Orcs, who essentially represent the level of society that black people are right now in the United States. The elves are seen as all-controlling, rich, and powerful. Like a mix between the 1% elites and Hollywood stars (which makes sense seeing as how the movie is set in Los Angeles.)
Human beings are essentially trying to hold on the world that the live in without being taken over by the other races. Will Smith’s partner in the movie, Jakoby, is the first Orkish member of the LAPD. Other officers look down upon him, even throw what appears to be racial jabs at him. Critics think that this lessens the sting of real racism in America and makes it more about class than historical issues.
At the end of the movie, a bond is formed between Joel Edgerton’s character (Orc) and Will Smith’s character (Human.) The lesson here is that no matter how different two individuals may be, there is always room to learn a person and to grow through mutual experiences. It was an enjoyable movie aside from all the racial stuff. There was action, there was a light bit of comedy, the fantasy elements play out well, it doesn’t run too long (two hours) and it comes in at the right price… free if you already have Netflix.
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