The What if a “Superman can be evil” that has been explored in the comics under the Red Son to a degree comes to the silver screen. Quite honestly, it intrigued me a lot. It really made me interested because it was the first James Gunn movie since the shunning by Marvel. He takes a DC superhero and writes a story of what if the great superhero turns evil at a young age instead of the boyscout we grew to be annoyed by. Welp, they did it but by the end of the film it felt like another installment of Dumb and Dumber. Don’t worry I will explain.
As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 57%, Metacritic was at 44% and IMDB was at 6.3/10.
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? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.
The Main cast conists of David Denman(The office) as The “Father” of the super kid, followed by Elizbeth Banks(Zank and Miri make a porno) as the “Mother”, Matt Jones(Breaking Bad) as a creepy uncle, and 2 small walk-ons by Rainn Wilson(the office) and Michael Rooker(Guardians of the Galaxy) that their roles were so small not even worth mentioning.
This film did not need star power to make a point, it needed a fluid story, If this film had a deep roster of talent it would have still come up short.
· Tells a story that I always wanted to see
· Plays on its rating and shows you so real gore.
· Was conveniently short
· The parents were complete idiots and need to attend a couples counselling in the afterlife, A lot of the problems they had when the son was changing was due to not communicating what they experienced. I know for a fact if I saw my child eating a fork with ease or tossing a lawnmower into orbit, I would bring it up.
· Who wrote this film with such brain dead characters?
Things that stood out:
The Gore and the utter stupidity of people, I will never let this go. We live in the era of extreme over protective parents. To the point where we are tracking our kids whereabouts and monitor what they do digitally. Except for this family. They were, “Oh well, lets hope our murder super evil kid doesn't murder us.”
Why we should watch or not watch it:
If you always wanted to see the What If scenario of Superman, Give it a watch, otherwise, I wouldn't even classify this as either horror. Or Superhero. I am a loss of words.