|12.22.17||Netflix|| This is like the perfect movie on paper. A Max Landis nerdy/cool about LA cops in a world where fantasy races like Orcs and Elves exist alongside gangs and corruption starring Will Smith in the hands of post-Suicide Squad David Ayer.... That equation sums up to automatic watch for me. The genre clash concept for the world is so awesome, all it could do was go downhill from there. At best, I was hoping for a better version of the classic Lovecraftian noir Cast A Deadly Spell; at worst it would be like... I dunno, Suicide Squad.|
I'm happy to say that I thought it was mostly great. I loved almost all of it. Really the only thing I had a problem with was one story beat involving a guy getting off the hook with a gang because he had coincidentally saved the gang leader's child from trouble earlier in the day. You already wrote that scene in Training Day, my dude... but aside from that I thought everything was damn solid. Although there's one landscape shot where they have a dragon flying over the LA skyline. What's up the that!? I wanted an another-wildfire-started-by-dragon headline on the news!
Anyway, really liked it.