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Bright Review – Spoiler Free

Bright is a Netflix original film that has just been released as one of the first major blockbuster films that the streaming platform has made. Although there has been Netflix films and TV series in the past, this one has a much bigger budget which makes it a little more ambitious than previous projects. Bright comes directed by David Ayer who some may know as the director of 2016’s Suicide Squad (read review). Bright stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramírez, Lucy Fry and Veronica Ngo.

When first seeing the trailer for Bright, which was only a few days ago after I read Petey’s news about Will Smith signing up for a sequel, I became a little interested in watching the film. Being on Netflix and not at the cinema, I really have nothing to lose by watching this as it’s not like I have to pay or even travel to my nearest cinema to watch this new blockbuster. In the lead up to its release I had seen quite the controversy from a few critics out there giving it bad reviews, which took a bit of my excitement away, but as a critic myself on this site, I was going to watch it and review it anyway, so whatever is in the press doesn’t really deter me at all and really guys, if you’re really keen on something you should always go and see it for yourself anyway, don’t let someone else stop you because while others might not like it, you might and that’s all that matters really.

What we have here in Bright is a new world which David Ayer introduces us to. We have a bunch of characters which are usually reserved for the medieval/fantasy genre who are now living in the modern world. We have what seems to be the first ever Orc policeman and a world in which Orcs and Elves live amongst the humans. Much of the world is quite similar to a modern America and the Orcs seem to be the poorer characters in society and the Elves seem to be the richer folk. There’s some obvious, but strong themes in Bright for racism which I think forms the pillar for what the film’s meaning is to be and that’s okay. We see a lot of racism towards our Orc policeman and it’s an interesting sort of take on these mythical characters.

I found the setting to be interesting, although I do think the film is a little too dark at times. What I mean here when I say dark is not the tone, but the colouring of the film. I know it’s called “Bright” but the film’s colouring is overly dark and I know it takes place at night, but there seems to be a lack of colour in the film. The director has chosen quite a dark tone for Bright as well and it is I guess a little similar to his work with Suicide Squad. It’s a dark world that we get and that’s alright, I liked Suicide Squad. But what I think that is different with Suicide Squad is that those characters are quite well known so don’t need so much development, we can sort of just go with it. But with Bright, we don’t know any of these characters and I think we needed a little more backstory for what the Orc was or who Will Smith was playing or even for how this world just came to be. We as the audience are just sort of thrown into the world and it’s a bit of a rough journey as a viewer to take.

What’s happening with the story in Bright is that Nick (Joel Edgerton) is the first Orc policeman and joins Daryl (Will Smith) on the job as his partner on the force. Being an Orc, there’s push back from Daryl initially as he doesn’t like having him there because of his race and the two don’t come together well at all. During one of their nights out on the job, they find some people doing something dodgy with magic and there’s a magic wand that they find. This type of magic is band and there’s a variety of gangsters, orcs, elves and even the police force after the wand. There’s one elf who is at the scene with the wand, Tikka (Lucy Fry), who wants to use it for some good and Daryl and Nick get caught up in protecting the wand and keeping it safe from the bad people. It’s from this point that the film is an action one as the various groups make their attempts to take the wand from our three central characters.

As a story it’s okay, it’s weak on character development but is more of a story structured on a one night journey. I feel that the mixture of mythical characters in the modern world is a little hard to do and I know there are people out there who don’t like this type of thing. It’s hard to get right and I think maybe in this case, this film maybe was just little off.

My main complaint revolves around the look of the characters, especially  Nick, who is main Orc. He doesn’t look much like an Orc to me and it looks to me that he’s just got his face painted really badly. The elves looked a little better and as a whole, the Orcs were all terrible. I wasn’t impressed with any of the costumes or the look of much of the film, as mentioned earlier, it was all too dark.

The special effects and action scenes aren’t too bad. Actually they are the highlight of the film. Seeing the mythical creatures fight is interesting and the gore level is just where I like it to be. If you’re just looking for a fun action flick, this one probably will be just enough for you.

I think what Netflix has with Bright is an interesting new universe to play with. Were they to make sequels, I would be interested in watching them. Although I don’t think they have anything special with the Orc characters as they look terrible, there’s some interesting things they could do with the elves in the future, which I think might be the better direction to take. If we get another Orc with his face painted story though, I’m sorry, but I’m out.

The only film that was released recently that I think is similar to this was The Last Witch Hunter (read review) which starred Vin Diesel. That too had mythical creatures in the modern world and was fun for a one time watch, but didn’t blow many people away. Although I’d still watch a sequel to that if there was one to be made. If I was to compare the two, I’d say the Last Witch Hunter was a little better though, there’s something about Bright that doesn’t work too well, but other things that do and it’s jarring to watch it at times.

Overall if you have Netflix already and enjoy Will Smith or Joel Edgerton, then this is worth giving a go. The film isn’t going to blow you away and make you want more initially, but the big name actors provide an entertaining film experience. The action scenes are the film’s highest points, but the costumes and the makeup, especially for the Orcs is a little disappointing. The universe and the lore that could be developed for future films in this series could be interesting as the world David Ayer has introduced us to does have some potential to be great. I just don’t know where Netflix can go to from here with this film series, but I’d be happy to give it a second go.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL AND UPDATED LIST

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