TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - December 13, 2017
My goodness can you just tell a David Ayer movie from the way the trailer is edited to several super cool hit singles. Are you one of those people who managed to convince themselves they enjoyed Suicide Squad? Well I've got great news for you because you're not even gonna have to leave your house to see more or less the exact same nonsense next weekend when Bright debuts on Netflix.
Once upon a time, David Ayer was what they called a "rising star" in the movie industry. His script for Training Day won Denzel Washington an Oscar. His films End of Watch and Fury both got honest to goodness awards talk, but then they handed him the keys to the kingdom with Suicide Squad. And then they took 'em back. And then tried to smooth it all over. And we were left with a mess of a movie that's not even enjoyable ironically—though I will admit that Margot Robbie picks that movie up and carries it on her back for most of its running time.
It's not unlike what happened to Max Landis, who took far shorter a span of time to squander any and all goodwill people had toward him. When the son of iconic director John wrote the script for 2012's Chronicle, people thought he was the Pope of Chili Town. But his future scripts—Mr. Right, American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein—were nothing but a series of diminishing returns, though in fairness I love Sam Rockwell and therefore tolerate Mr. Right. But this coupled with his proclivity for attacking people on Twitter has brought his status crashing to the ground, like a helicopter onto a Hollywood legend and two small Vietnamese children.
So for Ayer to direct a script by Max Landis for Netflix seems appropriate. It's like a grab bag of the best rising talent 2012 had to offer, but in late 2017. Hooray! Bright premieres on the streaming service on December 22.