Directed by David Yarovesky based on a screenplay by Mark and Brian Gunn, Brightburn stars Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, 2012), David Denman (Power Rangers, 2017) and Jackson A. Dunn (Avengers: Endgame, 2019).
The film tells the story of the Breyers, an American couple facing difficulties to conceive, until one night a meteorite with a baby inside falls on their farm. Years after receiving it, the child begins to experience strange powers that incite him to commit evil acts.
Brightburn expands the boundaries of the superhero genre and combines it with horror, developing a darker version of the classic Superman story. Although the order of the events in the script and its hurried pace could have been better narrated, the film successfully establishes its own atmosphere and a pretty good character development.
The strong point of Brightburn is the interaction between Banks and Denman, whose performances efficiently show a believable and organic development relating to their son’s actions, allowing the film to also open up to explore topics such as motherhood and fatherhood.
Although it is not one of the best movies of 2019, Brightburn has already generated a huge online fanbase among those who seek new proposals within the superhero genre.