Horror, the genre that takes on many forms, disguises, and approaches to try and shock, disturb, and outright scare us to our core. IN a genre overfilled with gimmicks and cliché approaches though, the saturation level these films have taken. So seeing this next film I review puts me at a little bit of unease, and yet hope at an attempt to once again take a different approach in hopes of opening up a new potential to wow us. Here we go, as Robbie K is back with another review in hopes of once again helping you with your movie choosing pleasures. Let’s get started as we hit:
- Good Acting
- New Twist
- Fast Pace
- Creepy Parts That Are Worthy of Genre
- Decent Plot
- Unexplained/Lackluster Story components
- Character Development is Okay
- Gruesome At Times
People who like these may like this Movie:
- The Omen
- Comic Books With One Sided Arcs
Brightburn is a movie that the trailers have given much information, but there are some things that I appreciate the movie attempting to do to spruce up the Horror genre. First off is the acting! While not Oscar Worthy material or the most groundbreaking steps in acting, I give the actors props for working with the limited material. Banks in particular manages to breathe some drama into the very linear characters, while Jackson Dunn is getting a nice start at playing creepy with his presentation and delivery of lines. They sort of sell the film, alongside the extras who can act terrified at a whim’s pace. Yet, the high selling points are the fact of a new twist and fast pace to provide the modernized entertainment the world loves these days. Brightburn does not take long to begin getting into the creepy aspects, quickly evolving the plot into this dark, comic book like adventure that tries to be thrilling and suspenseful. As such, the movie moves at a decent pace and before you know it, you’ll be nearing the end. Thus, short attention spans should be pleased with this movie. Fortunately, there should be plenty of creepy moments, primarily due to two components: Creepy looks from the kid and Setting of isolation. The latter in particular sort of robs you of your safety, the open land and woods making a setting where so many things can happen from so many angles. That component is the most terrifying, while the rest go with the dark comic theme that provides the entertainment value. All of this is put into a story that is simplistic, but ties all the chaos together into a nice package.
Yet, the movie has some areas that while entertaining are not the most ground breaking in terms of storytelling. For one thing, the movie is very simplistic, doing little to build upon its characters or even suspense that would have been satisfying to see in the story department. When it does start trying to build up some of the aspects, we get stuck with a lackluster story components that do-little explanation outside of some momentary dialogue to explain his “origins”. Outside of that, it is just a simple gruesome tale that while fitting for the genre, soon becomes just a public display of power going wrong and dragging out some torturous finishes. Brightburn seems to relish in the dark dealings of the genre more than the story. For the fan that loves this, the film is perfect, but for those looking for a little more, this tale is going to not be the crown jewel as thanks to the trailers and the concept, you can probably guess what the ending will be. And when the full extent is unleashed there is little excitement in regards to just watching things unfold, so don’t get too excited about an epic finale.
So what’s the verdict? Brightburn gets points for putting a new face, or in this case mask, on the genre. It’s that comic component that sort of sells this film, providing the entertaining, destructive force of the dark instead of developing the story. Thus, despite the predictability, if you are looking for that ambiguous tale that merely focuses on the gimmicks this category of film’s thrives in… you’ve got your popcorn munching visit planned. However, if you are hoping for something more to your tale, looking for that story that holds both creeps and purpose than hold out for something else. Thus, this movie is more recommended for home viewing rather than theater in my opinion.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 5.0