With such an interesting premise it is a shame that the movie fails due to sloppy direction, haphazard writing and very poor pacing. The movie is in such a rush to get to the gory bits, it forgets to build mood, character and most of all agency. The casting and performances are good but just about everything else is a mess. It does not work as netiher a horror film nor a superhero deconstruction. Shame...
Great premise deconstructing the now tired superhero genre adds horror to sci fi trappings but film should have deviated more from the mythos to create richer engagement rather than just eviul child gimmick. However, I am a fan of the alien spider man costume and VENOM so maybe they will develop this in future installments more sucessfully.
The evil flipside to 'Superman' is explored here but lacks the depth of story and character motivation that might have made it special or at least unique. The trailers most certainly showed too much and have taken away almost any level of surprise. Best in show is Elizabeth Banks who gives another great turn here.
I'm sure some passionate comic book fans have wondered themselves what if those who nurtured characters like Superman and Hellboy failed, or what if those heroes' sinister instincts had taken over. "Brightburn" is a horror movie first, but it doubles as a light deconstruction of the superhero genre by showing a boy consumed by his evil roots despite having loving caregivers. Not as rich as it should be, but not empty
Man... for those of us who grew up in the 70's, and watched Superman with sheer innocence and delight, this movie is nothing but a very sad realization of what burdenous reality the young generations are living through these days. SAD.
2.5/5 - The Superman origin story taken to its bleakest, most nihilistic conclusion. Yet, despite the whole nature vs nurture thematic backdrop that really captured my interest, it ends up being formulaic to the extreme in its depiction of horror (except for its ending, which I think was a really interesting choice). Still, it's pretty watchable, and Elizabeth Banks really steals the show.
Enjoyed it as the compact, standalone unit that it is. It's nastiness, which is kind of commendable in its violent set pieces, is also its weakness in terms of erasing any trace of BB's humanity so early. Would have been kickass if he also acted like a scared child. The decision to not show the aftermath of his actions also left a bitter taste 2.5
While it features some solid horror elements and some great gore makeup work, the film suffers from a lack of any real characters and a plot that doesn't seem to have a purpose outside "ooh look evil Superman".