Brightburn (2019)

David Yarovesky directs Elisabeth Banks, Jackson A Dunn and David Dunham in this horror that subverts the classic superhero origin story set-up; what if a childless couple adopted an alien refugee and he grew up evil?

One of those situations where if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen the movie entire. There’s just not enough weight or nuance to Brightburn beyond its high concept pitch. It is a reasonably crafted, reasonably acted and surprisingly gory horror. Yet not one that has anything further up its sleeve than being a dark reflection on those 5 minutes where Pa and Martha Kent find a naked baby Supes in his krater back in 1978. 5 minutes stretched over 90.

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