Director: David Yarovesky
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Main Cast: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Emmie Hunter, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, Abraham Clinkscales, Christian Finlayson
Plot: Tori and Kyle have been desperate to have a child of their own, but their attempts have been unsuccessful. One night, what seemed like a meteor crashed into the grounds of their farm, and a baby was inside. Tori and Kyle kept the baby and raised him as their own, naming him Brandon, but as he grew older he and those around him started to realise there’s something off about him.
My Thoughts: When I first saw the trailer for Brightburn I was so excited, I loved the idea of a reverse-Superman kind of story. It looked darker than I thought it would be, too. Then it finally got released and most of the reviews I saw were fairly negative. I almost skipped it, but I needed to make my own mind up. I definitely enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but it does have problems.
It starts a little slow as you would expect, introducing the family, and showing us how Brandon is treated poorly at school, eventually snapping and breaking another child’s wrist. There’s something in the barn that he seems drawn to at night, and that’s when the horror starts to ramp up a bit. I don’t think Tori and Kyle were stupid for keeping the baby, I think I would have done the same thing, but Tori kept so much hidden from Kyle and I can’t help but wonder if Brandon could have had a chance at redemption if she opened up more.
That’s the biggest problem, really. Brandon is just a bad kid. There’s no sign of him ditching his evil ways, and it’s never really explained what happened to him. He just turned 12 one day, discovered the pod/vessel/ship thing in the barn, and then turned into this evil kid. The story only scratches the surface of what could have been a really interesting movie, and it’s a shame because it’s not like they didn’t have the time to spare, it’s 90 minutes long.
Best Bit: I knew it was going to be a dark movie, but I wasn’t expecting so much gore. I didn’t think it could get more gruesome than the glass in the eyeball, but then the car smash and the jaw? It’s literally making me shudder! I can still hear the squelchy sounds…!
Worst Bit: Some people point out that the parents are dumb. To me, the cops in this movie make them look like scholars. Are you telling me it took that long to make any kind of connection with the ‘double B’ symbol? Come on!
Fun Trivia: The middle school scenes were shot at the now-defunct Patrick Henry High School in Stockbridge, Georgia. This is the same location used for both Hawkins Middle and Hawkins High Schools in seasons 1 and 2 of Stranger Things (2016).
My Rating: 3 and a half lined-notebooks you can use to viciously scribble designs for your super-evil symbol!