Brightburn

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Although Brightburn doesn't fully deliver on the pitch-black promise of its setup, it's still enough to offer a diverting subversion of the superhero genre.

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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?

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  • Dec 06, 2019
    As a subversion of the Superman mythos, Brightburn doesn't quite work. It has a lot of opportunities, but it all happens too abruptly and it goes more for gritty fun than it does for any interesting insight. As a slasher movie where the villain has powers though, it's really quite a bit of fun. Not perfect, not by a long shot, but still quite a bit of fun. I actually really like the idea of the mother not being able to accept her child's turn, that felt really genuine and almost true to how I imagine parents of real killers must feel. When people are approaching him in scenes not knowing he has powers too, there is a tension to knowing something they don't know. Then when we do get to the superpowered killing, it is gritty and over-the-top in it's brutality in a grim and satisfying way. Not to mention, without going into spoilers, the movie ended in a way I really didn't expect. It's not a great movie, it really didn't achieve the potential it could have grabbed at, but it's still a good time for a horror film that's a bit different.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2019
    I'm going to push back on the notion that this "what if Superman, but evil?" idea was ever all that clever to begin with. It's obvious and honestly Zack Snyder already did this. Regardless, the movie's attempts at horror are lazy and every character is unbearably awful.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2019
    Given that the premise of the movie is pretty much entirely "What if Superman was a dick?" (something that has already been explored pretty thoroughly by DC themselves) I did not expect so much of the focus of the film to be taken up by the family dynamix inherent in the difficulties of parenting. A pretty mismarketed movie I think. Presented in trailers initially to be a sort of a twist on the superhero genre, and as we got closer to the release of the film, to be a Scary Supes movie, who Brightburn should really be targetting is gorehounds, because it's their avenue in which it most excels. Neat sting at the credits though.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2019
    The idea behind this feature is fascinating, particularly given the prominence of the story in our times and culture: an alien being arrives on the planet as an infant and matures into "powers and abilities far beyond those of ordinary mortal men!" In the traditional story this being decides (a bit unrealistically if you want to look at it) to use his powers to famously help folks. The premise in this film is that the alien being more naturally chooses self-gratification, which could turn dangerous should anyone dare oppose him. Unfortunately, the filmmakers' vision of where things might go once past that interesting set-up is a tad intimate, ultimately limiting it's scope, it's vision, and keeps things creepy instead of allowing their initial proposal in its natural course. So we, the audience, get two movies for the price of one: the first is the little horror presented here, a squirm-er about a creep with unlimited power. The second is in our own heads, as we compare minute by minute, scene by scene, where the filmmakers should have at least considered, but purposefully did not. Disappointing finally.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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