Since Bright was released on December 22 last year by Netflix, the feelings were more than mixed. The action crime movie saw the talented 49-year-old Will Smith starring as an LA police officer who teams up with another officer in a world of both humans and mythical creatures. The movie, which was directed by David Ayer received poor reviews and scores from film critics. However, Will Smith’s Netflix Original movie Bright has received an impressive 11 million streams in three days. According to Nielsen, it was estimated that the film had 11 million viewers across the USA three days after premiering on the popular streaming service. Is it really good or not?
Will Smith’s fantasy flick was said to have had $100 million budget, which is far from cheap. Moreover, Variety reports Bright drew an audience of about 7 million’ in the States aged 18-49 who were connected to TVs.
However, when a film has a huge audience rating, it does not necessarily mean that it’s successful. Also, there are some other factors to consider. If you look at Nielsen’s numbers, it indicates Bright was less popular than the second season of Stranger Things. The show had 15.8 million viewers on average on its premiere. However, Smith’s film was better than the second season of The Crown.
Since the movie was released. there was a critical beatdown from critics. Some even called it the ‘Worst Film Of 2017’. Too harsh, maybe?
Smith reunited with End Of Watch and Suicide Squad director David Ayer in the movie. It was promising a lot, including fantasy elements of orcs and elves, but it turned out a failed attempt to look at the fragile relationship between the police and the African American and Hispanic communities.
The artist Chance The Rapper also criticised it. He said he felt a little:
“…cheated when I see allegorical racism in movies cause that racism usually stems from human emotion or tolerance but not by law or systems the way it is in real life.”
IndieWire’s David Ehrlich said that Bright was ‘so profoundly awful’.
Forbes, on the other hand, wrote:
“Congratulations, Netflix! You can make a visually grotesque, dreadfully dull and hopelessly convoluted would-be franchise action movie just as well as the stereotypical Hollywood machine!”
Have you seen it? What do you think about the movie? Let us know in the comments.
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