Bright early buzz

Netflix has released its fair share of original movies, some of them made in-house and others purchased from the film festival circuit, but Bright represents a big step for the streaming service. A decade ago, a fantasy action movie starring Will Smith would have been released in thousands of theaters. In December 2017, it’s debuting on a streaming service, a blockbuster made for in-home viewing and possibly the first franchise to call Netflix its home.

And while this is all very interesting, there’s one big question that has to be answered: is it any good? The Bright early buzz has begun to arrive online and here is what the critics are saying.

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‘Bright’ Sequel Already Ordered At Netflix

Bright Sequel

Audiences haven’t seen Bright yet, but no matter: Netflix is already committed to a Bright sequel. The streaming giant already has plans to make a follow-up to their upcoming Will Smith fantasy-action flick, a cop drama set in a world of orcs, fairies and other magical creatures. Does anyone really want this?

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bright featurette

You can’t have a Will Smith movie without blowing up a few buildings and David Ayer‘s Bright promises to do just that.

The new Netflix film has been touted as a gritty urban fantasy, where humans and orcs are entangled in a bitter species war on the streets of Los Angeles. Clunky race metaphors aside, Bright promises to be another explosive, adrenaline-pumping Will Smith cop movie — with some magic wands and creepy costume design thrown in. A new Bright featurette explores all of the above.

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Bright clip

Bright! It’s definitely a real movie from the director of Suicide Squad and the writer of Victor Frankenstein! Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are mismatched cops in a world of magic. Smith is the tough, no-nonsense human cop, and Edgerton is his Orc partner. Can these two cops from opposite worlds learn to get along? Maybe this new Bright clip will answer that question.

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bright trailer

Honestly, I’ve had a hard time telling the two main female characters in David Ayer‘s upcoming urban fantasy film, Bright apart from one another. They both have straggly white hair, pale wan skin, and those creepy contacts that give them wide black pupils. It also might have to do with the fact that neither have said a single word in the past few Bright trailers.

In terms of the plot, they couldn’t serve more different roles. Lucy Fry plays the helpless naif Tikka who Will Smith and Joel Edgerton‘s cops stumble upon, embroiling them in a war for a magic wand. Former Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace, however, plays the villainous dark elf who sets out to acquire that wand — at any cost. The past two trailers have shown flashes of both characters, relatively indistinguishable for their silence. But Noomi Rapace finally speaks in this trailer. And naturally, she steals the show.

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bright trailer

Will Smith and Joel Edgerton could be heroes for more than one day.

The new trailer for Bright has arrived, and it comes with a bunch of new footage of David Ayer‘s gritty fantasy thriller Netflix film about two mismatched cops — one a human, one an orc — who stumble upon a greater conspiracy involving fairies and magic wands.

But the most intriguing thing: the trailer teases a Bright: The Album soundtrack to be released in November. Could this mean that Will Smith is returning to the rap theme song scene?

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Bright Featurette

After a detour into the superhero genre, David Ayer is back to making gritty cop dramas — but with a twist. The End of Watch director brought some of his Suicide Squad stars on board for his Netflix film Bright, which combines Ayer’s buddy-cop sensibilities with some of the supernatural elements he played with in his DCEU film.

Because you know the only thing missing from a buddy-cop movie are orcs.

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Thor Ragnarok Comic-Con Footage and Panel

Members of the /Film staff spent much of the past week in San Diego to cover Comic-Con 2017, the enormous convention that explores every single corner of the geek world (and surely you’ve heard of it and already knew that). We saw footage from Marvel’s upcoming movies, including Avengers: Infinity War. We were able to listen to Steven Spielberg talk about Ready Player One. We explored the world of Blade Runner 2049 in a special VR experience. We watched 7,000 people go totally nuts over the first trailer for Stranger Things season 2.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. We’ve compiled all of our Comic-Con coverage from the past week into one handy post, organized by category. So please: peruse and enjoy and get your fix.

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Bright Comic-Con Panel: Everything You Need to Know

Training Day meets Lord of the Rings is how Will Smith describes Bright, his next collaboration with director David Ayer. Ayer, who wrote Training Day, is making a movie that resembles his early work far more than his DCEU film, Suicide Squad. His new movie is a genre mash-up, a cop film featuring orcs, fairies, elves, and a powerful magic wand.

Below, check out our reaction to a clip from Bright, some quotes from Ayer about the film, and more.

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Bright trailer

David Ayer is no stranger to depicting cops on film. He’s made some good, gritty and dirty crime thrillers with End of Watch and Street Kings. Cops and Los Angeles fit comfortably in the filmmaker’s wheelhouse. It’s a world and genre he knows well. Ayer has now made another cop movie, Bright, which stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. They’re playing partners, but they’re a little different from the partners from Ayer’s previous movies: one of these is an orc. A hard-edged David Ayer movie with Will Smith, orcs, and fairies sounds like a blast, and it looks like one, too.

Below, watch the Bright trailer.

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