Films define our culture and are a reflection of our views and political climate. They have the ability to transform the viewer’s opinions on particular subjects by execution style and clever scriptwriting. What I appreciate most about films is the new innovation of albums being manifested from the films content. I am going to explore a film that synchronized the screenplay and the music produced in the album.
The movie Bright, written by Max Landis and directed by David Ayer, is set in a world where magical creatures and beings co-exist with humans. The ongoing theme within the film is racial inequality and stereotypes. Bright opens up with “Broken People” by Logic and Rag’n’Bone Man, the first song off of Bright: The Album. The song sets the tone of the film with its leading line, “We similar, but never been the same…” The line echoes how de-segregation is going to influence the story of the various characters.
Bright is about two officers, with wildly different backgrounds, whose mission is to protect a magical wand. The veteran officer is human, his partner an Orc. In this made-up world, Orc’s and humans do not get along. Humans are part of the middle-class, somewhat wealthy side of the community, while Orc’s are typically portrayed in impoverished areas with gang-like postures and attitudes. Ayer is depicting how people who live in indigent areas of the United States generally result to a life of crime. During this scene, “World Gone Mad” by Bastille plays, “When it feels like the world’s gone mad, And there’s nothing you can do about it,” overlays the scene, reflecting the divide.
The Orc officer is not respected by his fellow officers, given that his community is frowned upon and usually reverts to a life of crime. A common phrase repeated to this Orc while he is on duty is, “Do you want to be an officer, or are you an Orc?” “Darkside (feat. Kiiara)” by Ty Dolla $ign perpetuates the mood of this phrase with, “If you ever call my name, You will find out that we’re both the same…” The Orc was shunned from his community since birth and only found his place as an officer, where he is also ostracized. Like many police officers who come into active duty, they want to see their community cleaned up.
On the flipside, you have the human who is the senior officer to the Orc. He faces a conflict with his co-workers, confronted with two options: get him fired or die with him. The human is torn and eventually see’s the evils that lurk within his department, so he kills his co-workers in cold-blood and, reluctantly, teams up with the Orc. Since the wand is a high priority object, they put their negatives aside. During this time, “That’s My N****” by Meek Mil, YG and Snoop Dog, plays, “I’m on the eastside rollin’ with my Westside n****s….,” displaying their partnership.
The film concludes with the two sharing a mutual respect for one another. What I believe is the most significant, and creatively intelligent execution of the entire film, is the coordination between the screenplay and the album. The majority of films produced either have a score, meaning instrumentals that play throughout the film, or soundtracks, songs that define key moments of transitions or emotionally driving songs that make the scene. The breakthrough in film is that, now, content creators are reaching out to artists to produce new songs exclusive to their film. This is great for the artists because it gives them exposure, and it is equally beneficial for the film because no one else can play that song in their production without referencing the film. Also, on a personal note, I think it creates a unique sense of authenticity for the film and creates a cohesive story.