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Watched: 29 December

I watched a couple of long Ken Burns / Lynne Novack documentaries over the Christmas and New Year period and needed some light relief. Bright is not the worst film of 2017, as some critics suggested upon its Netflix debut, but this is not a particularly impressive effort by David Ayer either. There is – like Alien Nation before it – an attempt to blend the buddy cop action thriller with a completely different genre (in this case fantasy), and the premise is intriguing enough, but despite the gimmicky use of orc characters and the like it’s still just a collection of cop movie cliches and nondescript action sequences. And every time that I watch Will Smith in less-serious roles these days he seems to struggle; he certainly labours through long periods of this uninspired movie. (**)


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