Brightburn is a 2019 American superhero horror film directed by David Yarovesky, written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn, and produced by James Gunn and Kenneth Huang. The film was released in the United States on May 24, 2019 by Sony Pictures Releasing.
After a difficult struggle with fertility, Tori Breyer's dreams of motherhood come true with the arrival of a mysterious baby boy. Brandon appears to be everything Tori and her husband, Kyle, ever wanted -- bright, talented and curious about the world. But as Brandon nears puberty, powerful darkness manifests within him, and Tori becomes consumed by terrible doubts about her son. Once Brandon begins to act on his twisted urges, those closest to him find themselves in grave danger.
Why It Sucks
- Brightburn was supposed to introduce and revolutionize a new genre of horror, which was to mix in superheroes and horror elements, but it ended up being a generic horror movie.
- It suffers through a horrible amount of cliches.
- The main story is just the whole "spooky child" plot but with a twist.
- Everyone that's good dies.
- Brandon's mother, Tori, looks up the strange things of Brightburn online.
- Cheap overuse of jumpscares.
- Signs of being made by the antagonist.
- The story is very lazy. Not only is it just a generic "spooky child" story as stated in WIS #2, but it also just rips off the whole Superman origin story. How come DC hasn't sued Sony yet?
- The story also is clearly plagiarized from the 2017 Superman comic Bump in the Night, even ending with the young Superman destroying the Kent farm and heading off to presumably destroy the rest of humanity, a striking similarity to how Brightburn ends and just like Brightburn the Superman of this story is a child (at least in appearance).
- It's not scary, at all, even when it tries to be so, like Noah's death when his jaw is snapped open after being in a wreck.
- A very unfunny and disgusting joke where Brandon's father, Kyle, tells him the meaning of sex and how he "plays with his penis."
- The characters are all flat, unlikable, and by far, stupid.
- Brandon is a flat-out jerk. He demands his father to give him a gun, crushes a little girl's hand, even becoming a pervert to her, killed a waiter, and literally even murdering his family, even though they did everything they could to raise him correctly, and it's all because Tori told Brandon about his arrival. Brandon also doesn't get punished for any of this.
- Kyle Breyer begins treating Brandon like trash in the third half of the film, going as far as to curse at him, and even shooting him in the head, resulting in Kyle's death.
- Erica, after Brandon crushes her daughter's hand, demands him to be arrested despite being an accident, also resulting in her death.
- Noah literally swears in front of his grandson, Brandon.
- Tori comforts Brandon, literally before she kills him, which results in her death.
- Mediocre CGI and special effects.
- Bad Guy by Billie Eilish does not fit well with the credits, especially what happened in the end.
- Elizabeth Banks leads an amazing performance.
- The movie's premise is pretty interesting, even if the execution is poor.
- The death scenes are pretty creative, although it proves its cliche.
- Even if people were worried that Warner Bros./DC Comics will sue Sony Pictures Releasing, James Gunn at least reassured that he has good relationships with DC, which had entrusted him to direct the upcoming Suicide Squad and Superman's well-known background has been used in so many stories that it became a generic origin story route.
Brightburn was hyped up by many critics and audiences, but when it was released, it was not well-received. It has a 57% critic score and 67% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, a 44 on Metacritic, and 6.1 on IMDb.