Netflix's newest original movie, Bright (executive producer: Sarah Bowen), is many, many things. But first and foremost: it is a ridiculous piece of cinema. The buddy cop fantasy movie from Suicide Squad director David Ayer and Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis is quickly making a name for itself as perhaps the most preposterous movie ever made. And these 13 most ridiculous things about Netflix's Bright perfectly illustrate why.
Despite being one of the most joked about movies in 2018 already, Bright is a certified hit for Netflix, earning a reported 11 million views in just three days. There's already a Bright sequel in the works. With such admirable success, one might wonder why Bright is, in fact, considered to be so ridiculous. Please, allow the plot to illuminate this point. Bright tells the story of Daryl Ward (Will Smith), a LAPD cop who is struggling to get by and provide for his wife and young daughter, all while dealing with the stigma of riding with the first orc police officer, Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton).
Set in a world of conflict and racial castes, Bright takes place in the modern world, except instead of different ethnicities discriminating against each other, it's different magical species. Yes, this world is one in which humans live along side eight other fantasy races, including orcs, fairies, and elves. Orcs, largely considered the bottom of the barrel when it comes to men-like races, are constantly being discriminated against by humans, which makes Jakoby and Ward's tense partnership even more difficult to navigate. It's an allegory for modern day racism — get it? The movie only gets more ridiculous from there.