As a sequel to one of Netflix’s biggest ever hits gets greenlit, we explore sci-fi’s problematic relationship with race
Nobody was sure what to think when Netflix recently announced that it was making a sequel to Bright, its most expensive movie to date. That’s mainly because nobody was sure what to think of Bright in the first place. Was it a bracing new blend of fantasy, sci-fi and cop movie and a return to form for Will Smith? Or a convoluted, racially offensive mess? Most critics hated Bright (it scores 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, 29 on Metacritic); by contrast, the public loved it. On its release last December, Bright was watched by 11 million people in the United States in its first three days – hence the sequel.
Will Smith’s Bright: racial allegory or straight up racism?