Bright (film)

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German title Bright
Original title Bright
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2017
length 117 minutes
Director David Ayer
script Max Landis
production David Ayer,
Eric Newman ,
Ted Sarandos ,
Bryan Unkeless
music David Sardy
camera Roman Vasyanov
cut Michael Tronick

Bright is an American fantasy - action film director and producer David Ayer from the year 2017. The film stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton The film was worldwide on Dec. 22, 2017 Netflix released.


In an alternative world, supernatural beings such as fairies, elves and orcs live in a confined space, but peacefully with humans. Daryl Ward, a human cop, is not really keen on his strange fellow citizens. He is particularly at war with the fairies who have taken up residence in the aviary in his front yard, because although they are only 20 cm tall, they can spit painful blue flames. Ward also has to go on duty with Nick Jakoby, who was assigned to him, the first orc cop. The last time she was out there, Jakoby had fetched something to eat while Ward was shot.

When they are called to a commotion in a house near downtown Los Angeles one night during what appears to be a routine operation, the two make a mysterious discovery. They arrest a young woman who has what they identify as an incredibly powerful wand, and it could wreak havoc if it falls into the wrong hands. In addition, the use of magic is illegal in their world, as it is with high-tech weapons. Nevertheless, there are the Brights, magicians living among them, who can use such wands in their everyday lives.

Actually, the wand belongs to the Inferni Leilah. The elf Tikka, who has taken the baton, needs the help of the two policemen to keep the baton away from her and to defend herself against dark figures who are after it. The existence of the wand does not remain a secret for long. The LAPD officers get caught in the crossfire and have to discover that even apparently good citizens of all species would walk over corpses to get hold of the staff.


Will Smith plays Officer Daryl Ward, Joel Edgerton plays his new orc colleague Nick Jakoby Will Smith plays Officer Daryl Ward, Joel Edgerton plays his new orc colleague Nick Jakoby
Will Smith plays Officer Daryl Ward, Joel Edgerton plays
his new orc colleague Nick Jakoby
Lucy Fry plays the elf Tikka, Édgar Ramírez plays the FBI employee Kandomere Lucy Fry plays the elf Tikka, Édgar Ramírez plays the FBI employee Kandomere
Lucy Fry plays the elf Tikka, Édgar Ramírez plays the
FBI employee Kandomere


Will Smith played Officer Daryl Ward, and Joel Edgerton played orc cop Nick Jakoby. Smith, who can feel his new colleagues in the film that he has against him prejudice, said of his role: "It was really great to play an African-American police officer who someone can face appear as racist." The film's title Bright refers on living things with the ability to use the wand. One of the main points in the film is the issue of racism, as Smith explained. His role was explicitly designed as a racist, and as a black he has never been on this side. Smith quoted his role as Officer Ward, who in the film told his colleague, the first of his species at the LAPD, that he didn't want orcs in his car.

Axel Weidemann from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung explains that in the film, discrimination against the black population in America is projected onto the orcs using a blow-and-hit method: “They wear baggy clothes, but listen to death metal instead of hip hop . The film is only interested in the everyday racism in Los Angeles, where orcs organize themselves in street gangs and the elves have their own district ("Elven District - Elves only") with gold-plated guard rails. "Benedikt Frank von der In response to the class differences shown in the film, Süddeutsche Zeitung explains that, as in reality, Los Angeles is also the capital of street gangs, and orcs are typically part of them and live in slums . The elves, on the other hand, in the classic fantasy noblemen of a romanticized Middle Ages, are now yuppies, bankers, chiceria and separate themselves in gated communities , so Frank continues.

Tikka, who wears the mighty wand in the film, is played by Lucy Fry . Édgar Ramírez can be seen in the film in the role of the elf Kandomere, who works in the magic department of the FBI. Happy Anderson plays one of his human colleagues in the role of Montehugh. Brad William Henke took on the role of Dorghu, the leader of the Fog Toothed Gang . Actress Noomi Rapace , who grew up in Iceland and plays the elf Leilah or Liela in the film, who tries to regain possession of the magic wand and is a shady character, said at the Comic Con in San Diego in July 2017 that she believed there one explained in the existence of elves and fairies, and also Ramírez, who grew up in Venezuela, said one believed in everything there.

Filming and film music

Most of the filming took place in downtown Los Angeles. They started on November 9, 2016 and ended on February 4, 2017. Netflix had agreed to shoot the film there. Producer Eric Newman said filming was mostly / always at night and said the film was shot in Los Angeles to make the film look as realistic as possible. Smith's father, Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., had died during the filming. The cost of production is around $ 90 million.

The score was composed by David Sardy . This was recorded at the beginning of August 2017 in the AIR Studios in London. The soundtrack for the film, which features songs by Bastille , Logic & Rag 'n' Bone Man , Camila Cabello , Steve Aoki & Lil Uzi Vert , Machine Gun Kelly , X Ambassadors & Bebe Rexha , Ty Dolla Sign & Future , A $ AP Includes Rocky & Tom Morello and Marshmello & Migos, was released on December 15, 2017 by Atlantic Records . Bright: The Album comprises a total of 13 pieces of music. In the last week of December 2017, Bright: The Album entered the Billboard 200 at number 77, and in the second week of January 2018 at number 48, its highest ranking to date. In the German album charts , the soundtrack reached number 97 on January 5, 2018, its highest ranking to date. In addition, the songs Home and Danger were able to place themselves in various charts.

Marketing and Publishing

A first trailer for the film was presented at the Comic-Con in San Diego in July 2017. The film premiered on December 15, 2017 at The BFI Southbank in London and was screened in Mumbai on December 18, 2017 in the presence of Will Smith, Noomi Rapace and Joel Edgerton. The film has been shown on Netflix since December 22, 2017 .



David Ayer at Comic-Con in San Diego (2017)

After the presentation of the first trailer in July 2017, Marc Röhlig from Bento noticed that one of the most appealing moments in the Harry Potter films had been the clash of magic and everyday life, an idea that Fantastic Beasts also play with. It is the same with Bright when he brings action and fantasy together. The film also raises questions about being different, social injustice and discrimination , according to Röhlig.

Benedikt Frank of the Süddeutsche Zeitung believes that director David Ayer , who has been experienced in cop films since Training Day but not in the fantasy genre, is able to merge the worlds that apparently do not match. Even if this works, Frank continues, the plot should hardly surprise anyone who knows both genres well. Frank sums up that the film is entertaining, but also less profound than one might expect given the subject of racial discrimination .

Axel Weidemann from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung explains that the plot of the film is straightforward, and Ayer has already placed more emphasis on ingredients than on the narrative in his action film Suicide Squad . Roman Vasyanov's camera , Weidemann continues, always keeps its distance from the characters: “Faces stay in the semi-darkness, as if it were the last chapter of Apocalypse Now . So there isn't much to see of acting over the entire 157 male minutes. Movement and effect are trumps. "

Oliver Kaever from Spiegel Online also criticizes the plot that takes place in one night. In view of the high-frequency cut sequences, the constant darkness ensures complete disorientation: "Even in the cinema, heaps of montage rubbish like these in many action films are a nuisance, on the smaller screen they simply cause nausea."


In December 2017, gave Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is known, that the film in the pre-selection is out of the nominees in the category Best Makeup and Best hairstyles of the Oscars 2018 are determined. On December 18, 2017, the Academy announced that the Bastille band's theme song "World Gone Mad" was in a shortlist of 70 songs from which the nominations in the Best Movie Song category would be determined. Further nominations follow.

Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild Awards 2018

National Film Awards UK 2018

  • Nomination for best international film


The German synchronization was based on a dialogue book by Matthias Müntefering and the dialogue direction by Torsten Sense on behalf of RRP Media GmbH in Berlin .

role actor Voice actor
Daryl Ward Will Smith Jan Odle
Nick Jakoby Joel Edgerton Daniel Fehlow
Leilah Noomi Rapace Vera Teltz
Candomeres Édgar Ramírez Michael Deffert
Tikka Lucy Fry Jacqueline Belle
Montehugh Happy Anderson Sven Brieger
Pollard Ike Barinholtz Peter Lontzek
Sherri Ward Dawn Olivieri Dana Friedrich


At the Comic-Con in San Diego in July 2017, director David Ayer spoke about the possibility of a sequel and said that if there is, they will tell more of the story of this rich mythology, which is so great about this suitable universe. On December 20, 2017, shortly before the film was released, it was announced that Netflix wanted to build a franchise around the film and had already ordered a first sequel. As announced on January 3, 2018, David Ayer will direct again and he will also write the script.

Web links

Commons : Bright  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Eliana Dockterman: Will Smith Is a Cop in a World of Orcs and Elves in the 'Bright' Trailer In: Time, July 20, 2017.
  2. Anthony D'Alessandro: Post-Cannes, Will Smith Continues To Bang Drum For Netflix As Industry Game Changer: 'Bright' At Comic-Con In:, July 20, 2017.
  3. a b Axel Weidemann: Netflix film 'Bright': colleague Ork is about to come In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, December 22, 2017.
  4. a b Benedikt Frank: 'Bright' on Netflix: On patrol with the Ork In: Süddeutsche Zeitung, December 21, 2017.
  5. a b c Jenna Busch: What We Learned at the 'Bright' Press Conference at Comic-Con In:, July 20, 2017.
  6. Paul Heath: Shooting kicks off on David Ayer's 'Bright' with Will Smith In: The Hollywood News, November 9, 2016.
  8. Paul Chavez: Will Smith films scenes for Netflix fantasy buddy cop movie 'Bright' in Los Angeles following death of father In:, November 9, 2016.
  9. David Sardy Scoring David Ayer's 'Bright' In:, August 8, 2017.
  10. 'Bright' Soundtrack Announced In:, November 9, 2017.
  11. Logic & Rag'n'Bone Man present the politically charged song 'Broken People' In:, November 29, 2017.
  14. 'Bright': Like 'Alien Nation', only with fantasy creatures - Comic-Con trailer for the Netflix film In: PC Games, July 21, 2017.
  15. Rohan Naahar: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton in India: Hope Bright resonates with a wide audience and sparks a conversation In: Hindustan Times, December 21, 2017.
  16. Marc Röhlig: Netflix film 'Bright': Will Smith and an orc fight crime In:, July 21, 2017.
  17. Oliver Kaever: Netflix film 'Bright' with Will Smith: Murks with Orks In: Spiegel Online, December 21, 2017.
  18. Carolyn Giardina: Oscars: A Look at the Work Behind the Hair and Makeup Contenders In: The Hollywood Reporter, December 22, 2017.
  19. 70 Original Songs Vie For 2017 Oscar In:, December 18, 2017.
  21. Nominations For 2018 National Film Awards UK Announced In:, January 15, 2018.
  24. Bright 2 - Cast & Crew of the sequel to the Fantasy Buddy Cop film announced . In: . January 4, 2018 ( [accessed January 4, 2018]).