Netflix is about to take its first major step into the world of original genre filmmaking, and that step is in the form of the Will Smith-buddy-cop-orc movie Bright. The critical reaction has not been very positive, but director David Ayer is standing by his work.
Taking to Twitter, Ayer makes it clear that he prefers a "strong reaction" over anything, regardless of whether it is positive or negative. You may love it or hate it, and that's fine with him. The last thing he would ever want to hear is that one dreaded word: "meh."
He also straight-up defends his film, calling it a "big fun movie." He goes on to tweet the following: "Every movie is a labor of love for me. I’ve never chased the audience, and I know my work can be polarizing. I’ve lived a crazy love and I guess my movies reflect that."
Ayer is a director who believes in his work no matter what anyone else may think, as he proved with his defenses of his previous film, the DCEU entry Suicide Squad. That film was not a critical darling either, but audiences flocked to it nonetheless. Ayer may not be a director who chases audiences, but they tend to follow him anyway.
It will be interesting to see whether those audiences follow him once again tomorrow, when Bright "opens" on Netflix. We were already intrigued at the notion of "buddy cop movie with orcs," as well as the presence of Will Smith, so if Bright promises to give us a strong reaction, well, we're ready to "live a crazy love" right alongside David Ayer.
Will you be streaming Bright tomorrow? Will you be adding it to your queue to be viewed on a rainy day? Let us know in the comments!