05.29.2019

Brightburn Film Review: You’ll Believe A Man Can Fly…And Murder A Lot Of People

Brightburn Film Review: You’ll Believe A Man Can Fly…And Murder A Lot Of People

Far from a routine horror flick, director David Yarovesky’s Brightburn completely and brilliantly subverts the superhero genre. But you should leave the very young ones with a sitter.

You know the story: an infant from another world crash lands in Kansas, is found by a kindly, childless couple, is found to have superhuman abilities, and is brought up to become earth’s greatest protector: Superman!

This time around, it’s not Smallville that’s the crash site, but the equally bucolic village of Brightburn, and the kid is named Brandon Breyer, not Clark Kent.

But what if Brandon wasn’t so great of a protector? In fact, what if he had a world domination side as sinister as good ol’ Lex Luthor’s, with superpowers to back him up?

My office looks like a Superman comic book exploded in it, and I’ve a Superman insignia tattooed on my left shoulder, so you can understand why my jaw so quickly dropped when I discovered Brightburn’s riveting trailer last week, just before the movie’s worldwide debut.

Days later, my jaw dropped again right along with one of Brightburn’s character’s — when that character’s jaw was savagely separated from the rest of his face at the hands of…

Superman?

I think not!

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