Will Smith in Bright.
Race issues in today’s society are at the forefront of controversial topics. As for Hollywood, the subject matter has been dealt with in the past, some good, and some not so good. In Netflix’s new and most expensive (estimated to be $90 million) film to date, Bright, director David Ayer and actor Will Smith embark on a journey to tell a story about race that is presented in magical fashion as the story involves humans co-existing with elves, orcs and fairies. Smith says the film’s parallels are not meant to change anyone’s mind, but simply to get folks to think:
“Yeah for sure. You know David, David isn’t… let’s say he doesn’t find a necessity to be delicate with those issues. This is a film that is is about enjoyment and entertainment. And those under currents and undertones of the film are you know specifically for people to be able to think about it. Not to make any judgment about it.”
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The concept of Bright is interesting, dealing with sensitive subject matter is a setting where mythological creatures exist and are common place. Director David Ayer faced similar challenges on the film, End of Watch, where he dealt with another controversial issue, the relationship between police officers and the general public:
“I mean for me it’s a movie and it’s a great story. It’s supposed to entertain some you know there’s people out there I think whose minds are closed and they don’t want to hear or see certain things, and my hope is that through you know the allegories and you know using these sort of metaphors about life that maybe somebody who wouldn’t be receptive or understand what’s going on in somebody else’s heart may open their eyes a little bit. And that’s I think the best we can hope.”
The film deals with the search for a weapon, a search in which Will Smith’s Daryl Ward must team up with an orc named Nick Jakoby, played by Joel Edgerton. Rounding out the cast are Naomi Rapace, and Lucy Sky. The film is directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis.
Bright comes to Netflix December 22.
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