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MOVIE REVIEW: FTN reviews Brightburn

June 2nd, 2019 by Paddy Comments

Brightburn (15)
Directed by David Yarovesky
Starring Elizabeth Banks, David Denman and Jackson A Dunn
Running time: 1hr 30min

Remember all those clichéd superhero films where a character says
“Thank God he’s on our side”?

The makers of Brightburn have decided to turn that notion on its head
and imagine if he was, well, not on our side.

You could almost describe David Yarovesky’s film as being Kal El’s
origin tale but in reverse.

Instead of growing up to be a symbol of everything that is best about
humanity, Brandon Breyer is intent on using his superpowers to enslave
the world and crush everyone is his path along the way.

Right up until about 30 minutes in you could be watching a reboot of
the Superman mythos. However, it becomes quite apparent that Brandon
Breyer, despite sharing an alliterative name with Clark Kent, is
anything but a blue-eyed boy scout.

Strange things start happening to people who annoy him and it is not
long until it emerges that he might not have our best interests at
heart.

Spider-Man and The Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks adds some star
wattage as Brandon’s mum, compelling as a protective mother refusing
to believe her little angel could actually be a monster.

There are also nods to The Omen, not least when young Brandon is
coming up with terrifyingly gory ways to dispatch of those who annoy
him.

It is worth noting in fact that Brightburn is extremely vicious and
relentless on the gore front, as anyone familiar with producer James
Gunn’s back catalogue might not be surprised by.

Jackson A Dunn deserves kudos as Brandon, he has a chilling presence
as the villain of the piece. Scenes of him taking a sadistic pleasure
are genuinely unnerving and he does a superb job of portraying someone
who looks innocent but is devoid of the usual traits we associate with
humanity. An alien in other words.

Long-term fans of Gunn’s previous work might want to stick around for
the end credits too, I don’t want to give anything away but he clearly
has not got the memo that shared universes are out.

4 out of 5 Nerds

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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...