Review: Brightburn: Superman Gone Bad
Brightburn is a 2019 hybrid sci-fi and horror movie. The project was produced by James Gunn and written by his brother, Brian Gunn, and cousin, Mark Gunn. The film was directed by David Yarovesky whose last featured film was in 2014 called The Hive. Brightburn stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, and Jackson A. Dunn.
The premise of the movie is very simple. What if Superman was an asshole? It’s essentially a horror version of Superman.
Two farmers find some sort of small spacecraft crash landed in the woods. Inside the craft is a human looking baby. The farmers have been trying to have a baby. They decide to keep the baby and raise him as human. Pretty much the same story line as Superman right? Well this is where the two similar stories depart.
Instead of growing up to be a protector of the world. Young Brandon Breyer discovers that he has some special powers. He has lasers that come from his eyes, he can fly, and he is pretty much indestructible. After being bullied at school and teased by his grade school crush, he decides that killing anybody that gets in his way is a good way to deal with his adolescence problems.
It was interesting to see on screen how a killer will superhero powers would react to the stressful situation of growing up in a alien world. Brightburn doesn’t provide us with much of a back story on Brandon’s alien planet but we are lead to believe that he was sent here to take over and destroy the world.
Brightburn was a solid picture. Definitely worth watching. David Yarovesky did an excellent job directing the film. It was a safe vision of a Superman gone bad with some violence. The film was highly entertaining until the lack luster ending. It was almost if the writers had completed the film and couldn’t figure out where to stop it so they picked a cheesy ending that didn’t live up to the rest of the film. Even with the ending, I would still recommend watching the film. It’s a entertaining attempt to cross the superhero and horror genres into a film.
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Synopsis: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?