The $90 million buddy cop fantasy is getting lukewarm reviews, and was criticized by Chance the Rapper on Twitter earlier this week for its “shallow” use of “allegorical racism,” but it’s also being credited with ringing in the era of “the algorithmic blockbuster.” In other words: If you put enough buzzy things into the same project, it doesn’t matter if they’re good together or not. People will probably click just to see what the deal is.
Bright boasts stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, plus Suicide Squad director David Ayer and a ton of special effects—all of which are huge financial investments for a first-of-its-kind project. According to Nielsen, though, it looks like the investments are paying off. The film was reportedly watched by 11 million U.S. viewers in its first three days, and that’s only counting times the movie was played on a TV. Netflix is notoriously private about its internal numbers, and Nielsen does not measure mobile streams or views on computers, so the true Bright opening weekend numbers are likely much higher than reported.
The partial number of viewers lands Bright behind the second season premiere of Stranger Things (which was watched by 14.8 million in the same period), but way ahead of The Crown season 2, which had 3 million viewers for its premiere Dec. 8.
Teaming up with big names for a movie with an enormous budget is part of a push from Netflix to get its original film branch onto the same level as its prestigious original TV offerings. The mainstream success of series like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards have cemented the company as a major player in original series over the years, but its movies still seem to be finding their feet. Back in May, The Ringer’sSean Fennessey wrote that 2017 “has thus far been the Year of the Netflix Original Movie. Which is not to say that 2017 has been the Year of the Great Netflix Original Movie. We don’t yet know what a great Netflix movie looks like.”
Seems like we may need to wait until 2018 to find out.
Private Life Netflix Movie Trailer
The new film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills), PRIVATE LIFE is the bracingly funny and moving story of Richard (Academy Award-nominee Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), a couple in the throes of infertility who try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the insular world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. After the emotional and economic upheaval of in vitro fertilization, they’re at the end of their middle-aged rope, but when Sadie (breakout newcomer Kayli Carter), a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, things begin to look up.
Netflix’s spooky ‘Sabrina’ trailer is nothing like the ’90s sitcom you remember
If you’re a fan of the sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch…Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina may not be for you.
The first trailer for this dark take on the powerful teen (from the makers of Riverdale) promises creepy woods, minotaurs, the occult, and a terrifying cover of “Happy Birthday.” And it’s just a teaser!
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), whose half-human half-witch identity clashes along with the magical and mortal worlds. A far cry from its ’90s cousin, Netflix describes CAOS as “tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist.” So…no animatronic cat?
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hits Netflix Oct. 26.
Netflix’s Quincy Jones documentary drops trailer with too many legendary stars to count
“Quincy Jones has too many awards, accolades, and accomplishments to list.
And the legendary musician and film producer’s upcoming Netflix documentary, directed by his own daughter Rashida Jones, features almost as many stars.
The trailer for Quincy shines a spotlight on the influence he had on some of the most talented people in the entire entertainment industry: Oprah Winfrey, Kendrick Lamar, Will Smith, Lady Gaga. And we heard a little Barack Obama moment in there too.
But the doc appears to focus on his life both before and after becoming the iconic Quincy Jones.
You can catch it on Netflix Sept. 21.”
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