Netflix appears to have just hit a pothole in its drive to compete with the big Hollywood studios in the fantasy-action space. USA Today reports that the streamer’s high-profile Will Smith movie “Bright,” which begins streaming Friday, is being called “astoundingly bad” — and worse — by a wide swath of critics.
The publication compiled some of the best slams of “Bright,” which was directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis.
For example, Forbes writes: “Congratulations, Netflix! You can make a visually grotesque, dreadfully dull and hopelessly convoluted would-be franchise action movie just as well as the stereotypical Hollywood machine! If anything, ‘Bright’ is a giant Christmas/Hanukkah gift from Netflix to the major studios. It shows the streaming giant falling on its face in its attempts to replicate the so-called Hollywood blockbuster.”
TheWrap calls the movie “astoundingly bad in virtually every way,” adding: “‘Bright’ shares in common several of the shortcomings of Ayer’s previous film, including conspicuous evidence of desperate efforts to cobble its under-explained and yet somehow overcomplicated mythology into something coherent.”
Rolling Stone adds: “You’ll get lots of violence and colorful threats and confusing shoot-outs, but you’re not going to get much meaning.”
Click on the link above to USA Today for more of the lowlights.