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Article Written by: Griffin Spencer
Directed by: David Yarovesky (The Hive)
Quick Summary, Tori (Elizabeth Banks) and Kyle (David Denman) are having troubles getting pregnant when one day a meteorite crashes in their field with a baby on board. They think that this is a sign from god so obviously they start raising this baby as there own. Everything is going fine, Brandon (Jackson A. Dunn) seems to be a normal kid. He is very knowledgeable and has a good, loving relationship with his “parents”. Until one day he has a dream that leads him to the ship he arrived on. After that Brandon starts acting strange and more distant from his parents. Tori and Kyle just play it off as puberty, but it goes much farther than that.
First off, I absolutely love the whole idea of Brightburn. Taking the origins of Superman and having him use his powers for evil instead of good was a great idea. I just wish that they fleshed out the character of Brandon more. It just kind of seems like he is killing people for no reason. One minute he is a fine kid then he has his dream and then he is a murdering machine, it just seems like he has no motivation. You don’t really care about him or feel sorry for him. He gets picked on a little bit at school and hears voices from the ship he arrived on, but they barely deal with that in the movie.
His parents, Tori and Kyle, are very well developed. Tori cares for this random kid she raised and defends him even when some evidence points to Brandon. She just refuses to believe the boy she raised could be a murderer. Kyle loves and cares for Brandon, but he witnesses things about him that makes him believe Brandon is not the son he raised. When people start dying Kyle tries to make Tori see that Brandon could be behind it, but Tori is adamant that Brandon is innocent. Also, every other character is just unlikable or stupid. You dont care about these characters that are being killed by Brandon. So in conclusion the parents are developed well while Brandon is not and every other character is just kind of thrown in there to be killed.
I will end this review by saying I thought Brightburn was a fun movie. The performances of everyone was good. As you may know I am very critical of kid actors, but I thought that Jackson A. Dunn did a fantastic job as Brandon. Brightburn just has the problem of an underdeveloped main character. With that being said I do recommend seeing this movie in theaters if you are a fan of horror/gore. I just wish they did a little bit more with Brandon.
That is all from me for now folks. Dominick, Duncan and I did a podcast where we talk more in depth ad spoil Brightburn, so check it out if you have seen it already. Let me know what you thought of Brightburn. Did it live up to all of your expectations or did you wish it did something different? Let me know in the comments below and stay tuned for more blammin’ content.