Bright: The Apotheosis of Lazy Worldbuilding | Video Essay


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  • Michael Aras
    Michael Aras  20 hours back

    Jeeze. From this video to the one you did on Kong, how have you gotten nearly this many views??? It's like you don't even understand what you're watching. Especially for the Kong video, if r/Whoosh could be put into a person that is you.

    • Adele Brown
      Adele Brown  1 days back

      It really seems like someone said "What if black people were not marginalized and instead were the ones who were prejudice against another race? Like, if it was orcs and fairies lives matter instead? And white people had nothing to do with these racism arguments? Then people would see that white people have nothing to do with racism in the real world. It's really just how hateful people are naturally and that will make people stop bringing up white privilege and the history behind the systems that promote it in the real world......We're going to change the world! And we'll get Will Smith to star in it because Will Smith represents all black people so they CAN'T deny our movie!!"

      (I am a black woman btw)

      • DAVE MISAL
        DAVE MISAL  1 days back

        Crash was right. Coates is a moron.

        • Filmspratik
          Filmspratik  2 days back

          In my opinion, I cant wait for the sequel!

          • Laeiryn
            Laeiryn  2 days back

            The 'elves run everything' is a reference to anti-Semitic tropes.

            • looneyburgmusic
              looneyburgmusic  3 days back

              It's not that you are 'overthinking" "Bright"... You are overthinking "Bright" while injecting uncut crack cocaine directly into your carotid artery. Take what seems to be your recurring complaint, "Mexicans still get shit for the Alamo" - Did it ever occur to you that maybe modern Mexicans in the world of "Bright" get that "shit" because some time in the past of "their" world, there was a battle, fought at a place called "The Alamo", (perhaps between humans and the Orcs), which was won by the Orcs because a nearby Mexican army refused to come to the aide of the beseiged Americans defenders?

              It wasn't actually required that the film explain why Mexicans are looked down at because of "The Alamo", only that they are. The viewer is free to fill in the blanks with whatever reason they like.

              • Owen Grimes
                Owen Grimes  4 days back

                Also, "STILL get shit for the Alamo?' Didn't the whole "dark lord" stuff happen thousands of years ago? The 200 ish years since the Alamo is clearly not a comparable time scale as "still" seems to imply here.

                • M P
                  M P  5 days back

                  bright was alright I'd watch another one

                  • -Gemberkoekje-
                    -Gemberkoekje-  6 days back

                    Khajiit are Romani? Didn't know that

                    • -Gemberkoekje-
                      -Gemberkoekje-  6 days back

                      11:15 did she just say black people are a fantasy race? XD

                      • Shinoharō・Tashite (しのはろお・たして)

                        Oh gods...I loved this film. I overlooked ALL these flaws, noticed none of it. But after watching this I'm afraid to rewatch it. Oh gods why! But your analysis is perfect, it cannot be denied. Fudge!

                        That was halfway through. Now that I've finished it I am absolutely ashamed that I ever liked it. Listening to your last 5-10 minutes felt like a slap in the face (my face) and a "Are you fucking serious?! Wake the hell up!" yell, to my face - as I feel a warm breath blast my face while shame, disbelief and pride-fueled indigation mate in my stomach.

                        I'm getting a beer, I can't right now.

                        I will always (cross my fingers as hope for no dementia, Alzheimer's, mental degradation) remember the pleasantly-surprised-after-finding-something-to-watch-on-Netflix feeling I had after watching it that one time but now I can never go back. The one video has burnt my bridges to Bright. I'm subscribed and I pray you have no Harry Potter videos.

                        • Passive Agressive
                          Passive Agressive  1 weeks back

                          Nah Green Book is the most egregious!

                          • Adam Gagan
                            Adam Gagan  1 weeks back

                            I watched all 45 minutes if this video and I didn't even watch Bright

                            • Zombierufio Digital Art and Commissions

                              god this touched on so many points why bright just. rubbed me the wrong way and it frustrates me so much because i really wanted to like it but it falls so flat at every corner. i think the like. aside from clearly slapped on visual racial coding coming mostly from costumes department, there's elements of visual design and effects that make me want to like it, but it doesn't go anywhere. i want whoever did concept art and visual effects for this movie to work on a better urban fantasy movie. i need to stop watching movies just because "idk it looked cool". i mean i don't but sometimes awful scripts get good visual effects and my heart hurts

                              • Chadwick . Just Chadwick.

                                there's a lot to be learned from bright.
                                for example me and my gangbanger friends are going to start embroidering our gang's name on the front of our hats

                                • Alex Zawacki
                                  Alex Zawacki  2 weeks back

                                  i love how Lindsay shows an image of a crypt horror, aka not an orc, when mentioning how warhammer's orcs were influenced by DnD

                                  • eric lewis
                                    eric lewis  2 weeks back

                                    Such an awful movie.

                                    • Chris bromley-west
                                      Chris bromley-west  2 weeks back

                                      originally nords were supposed to be scandinavian inspired. after all they're even named afteer norwegians.

                                      but skyrims nords give off more of an american vibe. deeply divided over every issue, rampart racism that those in charge do nothing about, willing to go to war over fing nothing, and the two contentenders for the throne are an insane, power hungry maniac and a levelheaded, fair and just person with a legitimate claim. and it makes sense whyt they feel so different 200 years after the oblivion crisis. because bethesda retconned basically every scrap of lore. they even MOVED markarth.

                                      • Kenionatus
                                        Kenionatus  2 weeks back

                                        Nooooo! She ruined the movie for me. :)
                                        It all made sense when I wasn't thinking about it too hard. And I really enjoyed watching it. But I now agree that it's a huge mess.

                                        • shad slayer
                                          shad slayer  2 weeks back

                                          Ah... I liked bright, you don't often see the ideas in this movie placed in modern times. It fascinated me even if I realized it was hollow.

                                          • Conner O'Neill
                                            Conner O'Neill  2 weeks back

                                            If nobody gets the “why didn’t they hire a screenwriter” joke it in reference to the fact that it was written by max landis, a known sexual predator...

                                            • Conner O'Neill
                                              Conner O'Neill  2 weeks back

                                              Yerp, he’s a real scumbag, whom was also unfortunately on a great episode of redlettermedia that you should watch and not tell anyone.

                                            • Sweetly
                                              Sweetly  2 weeks back

                                              Ah thanks, I was so confused. I thought they actually just didn't hire a screenwriter and I was like... why, how did they even make a movie?

                                          • John Bradford
                                            John Bradford  2 weeks back

                                            "So there are these fanatsy races and there's magic and this has all existed for two thousand years AT LEAST but yeah everything looks exactly like if it didn't"

                                            This is the worst kind of What If style storytelling. Not to get all "butterfly effect", but the idea that orcs and elves would just dress and behave and conform to human culture is just insulting to me as a viewer.

                                            • Lucas Snowball_Cathug
                                              Lucas Snowball_Cathug  2 weeks back

                                              “How the fuck do you make a shoot-out awkward” got a laugh out of me

                                              • Cush
                                                Cush  2 weeks back

                                                You watched a movie that has Will Smith in it? What is wrong with you??

                                                • Barry Piper
                                                  Barry Piper  3 weeks back

                                                  I can't believe Netflix runs this garbage while HBO cancels Da Vinci's Demons, The Magicians, The Gifted and others good programs.

                                                  • David R
                                                    David R  3 weeks back

                                                    It's a combination of Alien Nation and Training Day set in an alternate reality world where fictional races and magic exist. Also, the alternate world is everything that a 2019 progressive college student erroneously beleives about race as it relates to oppressed and marginalized people with a few new races to get the short end of the equity stick.

                                                    • Dustin Neely
                                                      Dustin Neely  3 weeks back

                                                      So it's just a failed fantasy take on "Alien Nation"?

                                                      • Dason Greaves
                                                        Dason Greaves  3 weeks back

                                                        I disagree with your opinions of this film but you're a hot bitch 😘

                                                        • Brett Hall
                                                          Brett Hall  3 weeks back

                                                          Lindsay, thank you so much for watching this movie. Now I don't have to.

                                                          • Talisguy
                                                            Talisguy  3 weeks back

                                                            It's kind of fitting that you should mention Harry Potter, because one of the (many) reasons JKR has gotten so much flak since the series ended is that she keeps revealing new details/calling attention to things that should result in the Harry Potter universe being wildly different than our own.

                                                            For example, she later established that pre-colonial America's magical community wasn't a secret, but the British wizarding world was and British wizards didn't really get involved in the whole "empire" thing. So...why exactly does modern America exist in this universe? The Native Americans having magic on their side, but not the colonists, should've made things play out VERY differently.

                                                            It kind of works when it's kept in a setting where you aren't being confronted with those kinds of questions, like it was in the books, and the details are kept vague enough that you can imagine what makes the most sense to you and nothing blatantly jumps out at you as not making any sense, but if you expand the world, like she did, and you don't put thought into what our world would look like if this extra stuff was added, it starts to fall apart completely.

                                                            • Miss Moxie
                                                              Miss Moxie  3 weeks back

                                                              I’ve never seen Bright but I LOVE the Bastille song World Gone Mad

                                                              • Carlos Caro
                                                                Carlos Caro  3 weeks back

                                                                27:41 Lindsay and Terry Pratchett argue that speciesism would replace intra-humanity racism in a world with other fantasy races - black and white gang up on green. However, Lindsay treats Tolkien as a massive influence on the genre. Gran'pappy Tolkien disagreed, as do many other fantasy worlds that Lindsay cited as inspiration.

                                                                Just because everyone on Middle Earth hates Orcs doesn't mean those snooty elves don't look down on the humans and hobbits, that those with the blood of Numenor don't think of themselves as better than those who don't have it, or that this breed of hobbit in the Shire doesn't consider those Bree hobbits a bunch of backwards weirdos.

                                                                Lindsay mentioned Warhammer. Well, there even with all the speciesist hatreds (e.g. dwarf vs elf), there's plenty of intra-human prejudices (e.g. those frog-gobblin' Bretonians vs. the honorless Imperial dogs vs. the damn Wastelanders vs. vs. Tilea vs...look, it goes on a while.) There's even similar prejudices between subgroups of the same factions, such as the different kingdoms of High Elves stereotyping each other badly and having conflict as a result.

                                                                D&D: Many settings, but in many of those settings, in universe human kingdoms and realms frequently stereotype and misunderstand each other, especially in earlier editions when less...woke...authors wrote a lot of the setting.

                                                                Again, from Lindsay's example, in Skyrim Imperials stereotype Nords stereotype Redguards stereotype Bretons and vice versa.

                                                                So quiet a lot of speculative fiction worlds contradict Pratchett's quip; black and white still don't get along even if green is around. Many worlds do not think the existence of elves would end human prejudice against itself.

                                                                • Chris
                                                                  Chris  3 weeks back

                                                                  That quote from Hsuan Hsu is is A+ academic verbal vomit. Seeing problems in everything to justify their professor pay.

                                                                  • Chris
                                                                    Chris  1 weeks back

                                                                    @name name I'm sorry you are scared by big words.

                                                                  • name name
                                                                    name name  1 weeks back

                                                                    big words scare me too

                                                                • Mark F
                                                                  Mark F  4 weeks back

                                                                  Great points well made...but did this need to be 45 minutes long? I gave up after about 30 - how many times do we need to see Will Smith smash the fairy with a broom? How many times do you need to point out how stupid and offensive it is to show Orcs in jerseys and do-rags?

                                                                  • Carlos Almonacid
                                                                    Carlos Almonacid  4 weeks back

                                                                    37:30 That must almost mean that Dreamworks exists, therefore Shark Tale exists, therefore Will Smith fish exists, therefore Will Smith exists....why don't more people compare Daryl to Will?

                                                                    • Nazrul Ongkon
                                                                      Nazrul Ongkon  4 weeks back

                                                                      You didn't get the point of mercy there, He shows mercy that's why he's resurrected (may be a weak plot, but mercy returned anyway).

                                                                      • TEFFT PATTERN
                                                                        TEFFT PATTERN  4 weeks back

                                                                        At 15:20 the tone of voice you used for a second there, it was like Plinkett was channeling his dark side powers into your review for just a momentb

                                                                        • Shane Kristian
                                                                          Shane Kristian  4 weeks back

                                                                          Anyone else get ASMR tingles when she went all gangsta at 14:15? No? Just me?

                                                                          • inisipisTV
                                                                            inisipisTV  4 weeks back

                                                                            Well it's supposed to be an American reversed Isekai anime. It just supposed to LOOK cool with a lot bangs without any Brains, and that is what most audience expect.

                                                                            Still, I really like how you over analyzed a rather shallow film for all it's worth. All your points are spot on and insightful.

                                                                            I don't know if making a really complex history and lore for the show, with a deep social commentary, would worked it into better film or get the satisfaction of a fantasy-action adventure that has Orc Gangsta. I mean really, the filmmakers had probably pitched to the studio "Imagine L.A. with ... gangsta Orcs!"

                                                                            • Sydney Lee
                                                                              Sydney Lee  4 weeks back

                                                                              Well done Will Smith & Joel Edgerton there brilliant, I love Bright. Ya taking it all to seriously lady. The good news is following the success of “Bright,” Netflix is moving forward with a sequel. Sorry 😐

                                                                              • Dankhax420
                                                                                Dankhax420  4 weeks back

                                                                                Mikey should have shot him, but in a nonvital area

                                                                                • Gage Karet
                                                                                  Gage Karet  1 months back

                                                                                  Ummm... critics are very clearly paid. Please tell me how Dave chapelle’s new special, which was his best ever, deserved 0% from critics on tomato’s.

                                                                                  And btw, bright is an action/fantasy, not an introspective drama. It was very good at what it tried to be 🤦🏼‍♂️

                                                                                • Vernon Hampton
                                                                                  Vernon Hampton  1 months back

                                                                                  Man, I watched this film once and the whole time in felt like, this can be so, so, so, so much better.

                                                                                  • Ayden Walker
                                                                                    Ayden Walker  1 months back

                                                                                    The thing that I dont like when fantasy talks about race is that the ideology that creates discrimination is the idea that one group is better than the other. The problem with this philosophy in real life is that it is incorrect. The problem with this in fantasy is that the ideology is correct. Homunculi are superior to humans in FMAB. All orcs are evil in LOTR. These groups can be used as metaphors, but it is still messed up.

                                                                                    • ErinAvalon
                                                                                      ErinAvalon  1 months back

                                                                                      I'm so glad that I'm not the only person who thought of the implications of Shrek existing in this universe

                                                                                      • PlasmaWolf7
                                                                                        PlasmaWolf7  1 months back

                                                                                        I think Orcs are Russian in Bright, like from Russia, not metaphorically.

                                                                                        • PlasmaWolf7
                                                                                          PlasmaWolf7  1 months back

                                                                                          What is with the centaurs in this movie. They exist, yet are neither mentioned nor important

                                                                                          • Lee P
                                                                                            Lee P  1 months back

                                                                                            I though the football jerseys were a nice touch considering the Orcs were mentioned as being in the league.