Brightburn, 4.6/10, is the latest superhero horror film to hit cinemas. But instead of a direct hit it was more of a messy swing and a miss. With terrible acting, rampant pacing problems, no character development and a narrative that could be summed up as, “Alien boy goes through puberty and kills everyone” Brightburn is a worthy contender to top my worst films of the year list.

What’s annoying is that Brightburn had the potential to deliver an idea that audiences have wanted to see for years; a nuanced and subversive take on the superhero genre. But that is not what got from this film. It just seemed that the parents were the only redeeming factor. Their chemistry was believable as a family unit and the desperation to see good in their increasingly disturbed son was surprisingly effective. Especially when you balance that against all of the surrounding mediocrity.

The storyline was very rushed and repetitive, very rarely breaking from it’s formulaic slasher film structure. It isn’t even as though the visual effects were particularly convincing either so the main crux of the story isn’t translated properly to screen. If you were considering seeing Brightburn this weekend, think of any other possible thing that you could do with an hour and a half…then do that instead.

Picture: 4/10

Sound: 5/10

Narrative: 4/10

Acting: 5/10

Originality: 5/10

Entertainment (of its Genre): 5/10

Overall rating….. 4.6/10

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