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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:08 pm
by Jagosaurus
Bright

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No spoilers.

Well, I'll start by saying I enjoyed this Netflix film more than I expected. The universe in Bright is what most readers would call Urban Fiction. This is a popular book genre right now. To give you a better idea, the first novel series that comes to mind is The Dresden Files. You have a wizard fighting the underground supernatural in modern day Chicago. Here is where Bright differs... the supernatural and fantasy elements are out in the open. You have orcs and elves living beside humans in modern day LA. This creates intense rivalries between races as they call them. Also, many of the urban fiction novels are aimed at young adults... Bright is straight up R rated with drugs, guns, violence, gangs, F bombs, and strip clubs.

This is one of the movies where the title itself holds significance, and I can't reference this aspect without exposing decent plot line spoilers outside of the original trailers. At its core, the first Orc to join the police department is Will Smith's (portraying Office Ward) partner. They are catching heat from all races on this when they stumble into a safe house containing an object way over their heads. They get stuck in the middle of an all out battle and somehow manage to drag even more parties into the ensuing craziness.

Overall, if you're a fan of fantasy or the urban fiction craze, but want something a little less PG13 and more R rated gritty, this is up your alley. I should note, I am a fan of the Dresden Files and similar urban fiction book series, so perhaps I am a bit partial to the background this movie occurs on.

The Will Smith jokes and situational humor between the main characters are both mixed in well. I never felt it was forced and added levity to a movie that was otherwise had very light bright spots (see what I did there :wink: ).

This is one of those polarizing movies: 27% on Rotten Tomatoes by critics but 86% of the audience liked it. While it wasn't amazing, it was a fun, Sunday night Netflix movie. I'll be tuning in to the sequel when it is released.

Any one else check this out yet?

2018 Movies Watched
Count: 7
- January -
1. Hitman: Agent 47
2. Riddick (2013)*
3. Real Steel
4. Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol
5. The Place Beyond the Pines
6. Spectral

- February -
7. Bright

* Indicates a re-watch

Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:35 pm
by marurun
Urban fantasy, not urban fiction. Otherwise I read ya.

Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:10 pm
by Jagosaurus
marurun wrote:Urban fantasy, not urban fiction. Otherwise I read ya.


Resident librarian FTW!

Yeah that's it. Mrs Jago loves that book genre. I bet she has 10+ series she keeps up with. When she saw the trailer she said "it looks like one of my books!" :lol:

It was an interesting take on that typical magical urban setting... loaded with violence, racial themes, nudity, drugs, and cursing. Those aren't by any means necessary for me to enjoy a movie but it surprised me :shock:

Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:59 am
by Segata
I enjoyed the movie. It took the concept of the 80s show Alienation but switched it up with Orcs and Elves.

Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:21 am
by Ack
You guys mean the Shadowrun movie?

Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:49 pm
by MrPopo
No, it's the movie that seemed like the Shadowrun movie in the trailer but couldn't get the license so they tweaked it so that the magic has always been there but the entirety of world history didn't change one iota.

Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:38 pm
by Ack
MrPopo wrote:No, it's the movie that seemed like the Shadowrun movie in the trailer but couldn't get the license so they tweaked it so that the magic has always been there but the entirety of world history didn't change one iota.


Ah, ok. So this is still the best Shadowrun movie:

https://youtu.be/8GPGQoR6f6w

Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:12 pm
by Jagosaurus
:lol: what did I just watch!!??

Well... a short review of a movie I cant advise you watch coming later tonight or tomorrow. They had a cool semi-horror idea but didn't execute. The suspense is killing you... 8)

Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:36 pm
by bmoc
I just finished the Cloverfield Paradox. Here are my spoilery thoughts.

It is basically Sunshine but with the Cloverfield monster at the end.


Overall it was just ok. 10 Cloverfield Lane is still the best in the series. I think I like Paradox more than the first film though.

Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:48 pm
by NotLuke
bmoc wrote:I just finished the Cloverfield Paradox. Here are my spoilery thoughts.

It is basically Sunshine but with the Cloverfield monster at the end.


Overall it was just ok. 10 Cloverfield Lane is still the best in the series. I think I like Paradox more than the first film though.


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