“Bright” has been released worldwide on December 22 on Netflix, and yes, it was just as disappointing as the critics have written. I didn’t find the acting any bad, it’s what you expect to get from a cop/orcs/elves movie (and you have Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramirez and Noomi Rapace). It was rather a surprisingly, shockingly thin story line. “Bright” feels like a tv pilot with overtime for something that Will Smith should have done 20 years ago. Both Smith and Edgerton are given so little to work with, Noomi was given even less with her dialogue consisting of only a bit of Elvish :-) Her character could have been credited among the stunt people just as well. And yet, I feel like “Bright” could deserve a second watch, there has to be more to Netflix’ biggest foray into motion pictures. There has to be. Screencaptures from the film have been added to the photo gallery, alongside additional pictures from the promotional tours in London, Mumbai and Tokyo – including a fantastic new photoshoot from the time during her Tokyo visit. Many thanks to Marika for all the heads-up. Enjoy the new additions.
Yes, I came up with that headline myself :-) According to the reviews collection assembled on Entertainment Weekly, Netflix’s first foray into original blockbusters has gotten a rude welcome, with reviews branding director David Ayer’s fantasy film as “embarrassing,” a “disaster,” and “the worst movie of 2017.” “Astoundingly bad in virtually every way,” writes The Wrap‘s Todd Gilchrist, “Bright shares in common several of the shortcomings of Ayer’s previous film [Suicide Squad], including conspicuous evidence of desperate efforts to cobble its under-explained and yet somehow overcomplicated mythology into something coherent.”
Todd Gilchrist (The Wrap)
“Even Will Smith’s irrepressible charisma can’t compete with the unrelentingly muddy production design, the poorly conceived characters and a profoundly stupid racial metaphor that somehow amplifies stereotypes of actual ethnic groups. The result is another genre disaster that’s only impressive in how arrogantly the filmmakers presume audiences will want it to be expanded into a franchise.”
John DeFore (The Hollywood Reporter)
“Alas, the finished product, though plenty embarrassing, isn’t quite involving enough to merit the kind of pile-on mockery that greeted Ayer’s DC Comics abomination Suicide Squad. Stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton play it mostly straight here, doing their part to sell the dopey premise, but the screenplay offers viewers little reward for our own suspension of disbelief. Rumored to be the most expensive Netflix original film to date, the pic may well attract eyeballs on the streaming outlet. But its potential as a franchise-starter is laughably small.”
Peter Debruge (Variety)
“Bright is the best Netflix original movie to date, and it absolutely deserves to be seen on the big screen, though don’t let that stop you from watching it home, as End of Watch director David Ayer’s welcome return to the cop-movie genre – following a disastrous wrong turn into Suicide Squad territory, of which we will say no more – fills an intense, grown-up movie niche that Hollywood once did so well, but has since replaced with formula-driven product.”
You can read more reviews on “Bright” over at Entertainment Weekly and make your own opinion tomorrow, when “Bright” releases on Netflix.
“Bright” is receiving the royal treatment from Netflix right now. After stints in Los Angeles, London and Mumbai, the “Bright” crew has now attended the film’s premiere in Tokyo, Japan. Pictures from the event have been added to the photo gallery. Edit: Pictures from the press conference have been added as well.
On Monday, Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace made a surprise appearance at the Mumbai premiere for “Bright”. Pictures have been added to the photo gallery. You’ll also find a press junket interview with Noomi in the video archive.
Hollywood’s “Bright” stars dazzled all their way at yesterday’s London premiere of the upcoming action and thriller cinematic. The event had it all for the fans, massive autographs and photo shoot where the “Bright”’s crew showed up, including stars Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace and Lucy Fry. The co-production of Max Landis and David Ayer is one massive cinematic already awaited in the must watch list of action films, expected to kick off release in cinemas on Friday, December 22. Pictures from the premiere have been added to the photo gallery.
Lots of video clips from “Bright” and its promotion have been added to the video archive. This week, the third and final trailer for the film has been released, featuring a couple more scenes with Noomi (in which she actually speaks :-) as well as a first promotional clip from a shootout with Will Smith. Then, there are clips from both the Los Angeles and London premiere of the film, the Los Angeles press conference and a new press junket with Edgar Ramirez and Lucy Fry. And if you haven’t watched her Conan appearance yet, be sure to re-visit it in the video archive as well. A full list of last added clips can be found below.
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Bright London Premiere (2017)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Bright Los Angeles Premiere (2017)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Bright Los Angeles Press Conference (2017)
Video Archive – Talkshows – Conan (December 12, 2017)
Video Archive – Career – Bright – Film Scene 01
Video Archive – Career – Bright – Press Junket 02 (United States)
Video Archive – Career – Bright – Press Junket 01 (United States)
Video Archive – Career – Bright – B-Roll
Video Archive – Career – Bright – Trailer 03
On Wednesday, Noomi and the cast and crew of “Bright” celebrated the film’s Los Angeles premiere. A press conference was held earlier that day and Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on this one: While promoting his latest film, Netflix’s Bright, at a press event in Beverly Hills, California, Will Smith went on a political tangent in which he addressed the state of the world, President Donald Trump (without saying his name), and what comes next. “This is the purge, right?” Smith asked the gathered crowd, according to IndieWire reporter Jenna Marotta — a day after controversial Republican Roy Moore lost the Senate special election in Alabama to Doug Jones. “This is the cleanse, this is what happens. This is the natural reaction to the amount of light that came into the world when Barack Obama was the president.” Flanked by costar Joel Edgerton and director David Ayer, Smith went on to say, “We had to expect that [the pendulum] was going to go the other way,” in reference to Trump’s rise to political power. “As a cleanse — this is the darkness before the dawn.” Adding to the unexpected grandiosity of his words, Smith remarked, “I feel very, very strongly that we are shifting into what the next age of humanity is going to be right now. It’s just the s—t has to get stirred up, in a way. We’re seeing it all. … It’s going to be really interesting to see how humanity reacts to it, and it’s going to be a f—king mess. It’s going to be a mess, but it’s the mess in the cleanup. It’s the mess and the purge before that new, real light shows up.” It was definitely a stark aside from the subject of the press conference, which was Bright, a fantasy film about an LAPD officer (Smith) and his orc partner (Edgerton) getting involved in a skirmish over a magic wand. Penned by Max Landis, Bright also features Noomi Rapace as an elven fighter.
Another “Bright” trailer has been launched today by Netflix, giving us yet some new bits of Noomi’s evil elf Leilah. If they keep up the pace of releasing promotional stuff until it’s Netflix peremiere on December 22, we can consider ourselves lucky. The trailer can be watched below and in the video archive, screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.
Today, Netflix has posted a first promotional featurette on “Bright” and its December 22 release, including interviews with director David Ayer and actors Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace. The clip features quite a few new scenes and teases a new trailer premiere for October 25. The featurette can be found in the video archive and below, screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery. Enjoy.
Today’s release of “What Happened to Monday?” and the recent promotion of “Bright” at the San Diego Comic-Con has put Noomi on the spot for the past days – and on the pages of Vanity Fair Italia, Empire Magazine and The Red Bulletin. You can view all latest added scans by checking the thumbnails below. Many thanks to Marinka for the heads-up! Very appreciated.
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – Empire (United Kingdom, September 2017)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – Vanity Fair (Italy, August 2017)
Photo Gallery – Magazine Scans – The Red Bulletin (Mexico, September 2017)