Director: David Yarovesky
Writers: Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn
Stars: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see Superman completely high off Red Kryptonite? Of course, we all have and thanks to Brightburn, we get a pleasantly good look at what NOT having an emotional tie to humanity can do to an overpowered being.
Let’s be very clear, this is absolutely a predictable film from start to finish but none of that takes away from the outcome. When the Breyers (Banks/Denman) try for some time to conceive a child, prayers are sent from above when Brandon (Dunn) drops in on their farm one night. They raise him as their own over the next 12 years of his life assuming all is well until one night “home” begins to call to Brandon. Now if you’ve seen just about any Superman film then you know the origin well. Instead of accepting the task of heroics though, simply flip that script to taking over the world and you’re good to go.
Brightburn is a great, gory thriller, with some emphasis on gore. It’s been some time since a mainstream film delivered brutality to the screen and you’re really never let down much once Brandon turns. As he playfully stalks his prey, the hits come hard and swift. You want to feel bad for some but really, any fan of superhero films has likely been waiting for this level of darkness and will cheer on every bleak moment delivered.
Simply put, Brightburn is no prestigious award winner but it’s a lot of fun and well worth the time. Gather up a group and watch it together. Enjoy