Director : David Yarovesky
Producer(s) : James Gunn and Kenneth Huang
Starring :Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones and Meredith Hagner
Genre : Horror
Release Date :May 24, 2019 (Nigeria)
Awesome-O-Metre : 5.4/10
Revue of BRIGHTBURN
Brightburn is about a child from another world who crash-lands on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister.
Brightburn introduces us to a new sub-genre in film and that is the genre of superhero horror. This new genus of film couldn’t have come at a better time especially as (thanks to Marvel and DC) super hero films are in season and so audiences will lap up any film about humans with superhuman abilities. So to answer the burning question if Brightburn is a good or bad movie, I will say it’s good but not as good as I expected it to be.
Honestly, I was enthusiastic when I read the synopsis of this film and couldn’t anticipate how the directors planned to weave this novel direction in film making but when I got to see Brightburn, I felt that the film was a bit underwhelming. Much as we say that this genre is new but looking at it strictly, it really isn’t because we have seen many films where a baby is born with supernatural powers but turns out to be a bad Omen (pun intended). Furthermore, Brightburn isn’t as scary as previous films about Evil children and this is largely because due to the fact that the plot is woven to be about an anti-superhero, it douses the fact that the story is really just about an evil child.
That said, Brightburn is a very ambitious piece of film-making and being a new a fairly new genre, the audience weren’t sure what to expect so the shock element went a long way to entertain us. I liked how the film utilized jump scares to frighten the audience and laced the scares with the issue of the morality (or otherwise) of anonymous adoption.
I am glad that the end of Brightburn signified that there will be a sequel, which means we haven’t seen the end of the anti-superhero and who knows, the producers may even introduce more villainous characters which can spawn a new vista to horror films. I enjoyed Brightburn and if you are a horror head, it may not scare you that much, but the anticipation of future films in this genre should excite you.
Have a great day today!