Brightburn (2019) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: David Yarovesky
STARRING: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Meredith Hagner
RATED: R/REGION A/2:39/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Sony Pictures
Have you ever found yourself sitting around and asking yourself what would the character of Superman have been like if he had been a bad guy? Well, not counting some comics that deal with that here and there, you now have the answer to that in live-action form in Brightburn.
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.
A kid crashes to earth and is taken in by a family and while it can’t legally call this kid Superman, he has all of Sups powers and he is using them for evil here. While I do think the concept is cool, I also find the story a bit of a story that sadly runs out of steam pretty early in. Also, if you are a comic book nerd like myself you can already tell when someone’s attempt to take this kid down will fail because you’ve read and seen tons of Superman things and you know how it will go for them. Brightburn gives us a story that has the same issue that most stories revolving around the inspiration have, you have a character that is too uber powered to really do anything dramatic with. You kind of already knows how it will go.
While Brightburn does have some cool visuals and some good acting performances, I wasn’t really buying into any of the more tense moments of the movie. When someone tries to shoot this kid or do basically any other attempt to fight back I knew how it would turn out for that character. The most interesting thing for me with this movie was the dynamic with this kid and a female character his age that he interacts with, but sadly that doesn’t really feel to truly get the attention it deserves here. Is Brightburn a cool idea? Yes, it is. But it is also an idea that could have used to have a more interesting story.
– 3 “Quick Burns” Vignettes hosted by Actor Elizabeth Banks, Producer James Gunn & Director David Yarovesky
– “Hero-Horror!” featurette: It’s not often filmmakers successfully and seamlessly combine both Horror and Superhero into a genre-bending “Hero-Horror” category. Hear from Producer James Gunn and Screenwriters Brian and Mark Gunn as we will learn the methods of their filmmaking style and their dotting of the “i”‘s and slashing of the “t”‘s storytelling process.
– “Nature vs. Nurture” featurette: Hear from Actor Jackson A. Dunn, Producer James Gunn, Screenwriters Brian and Mark Gunn and understand the creative process involved in flipping the script of the traditional “Superhero” and diving into what motivates and moves our new Anti-hero, Brandon Breyer.
– Filmmaker Commentary with Director David Yarovesky, DP Michael Dallatorre, and Costume Designer Autumn Steed
Quality of Transfer: 98%