James Gunn’s Anti-Superman Movie Is Horrifying
Superhero Movies Are Growing in Popularity Since the First Film X-Men debuted in theaters around twenty years. Since then, they have become big events in pop culture and so much so that my mother now understands what I'm talking about if I say things like Doctor Strange, who is crazy. But after almost two decades, and with the release of movies like Avengers: Endgame we are at a point where these movies just can not continue to get bigger. It's time to reinvent yourself. Enter BrightBurn which transforms something that strongly resembles the familiar story of the origin of Superman in a horror movie quite right. And it works.
Brightburn works with a very simple principle. A married couple who has trouble conceiving a child in the traditional way got the answer to prayer on a fateful night, when a strange alien ship crashed on their farm. Inside the ship, they find a child who looks strangely human and raise him as if it was theirs. Sounds familiar? As this child grows up, he begins to learn that he is not in our image and that his threats are growing, as is his threat to humanity.
Although it is not officially a DC film, it is clear that the film in the room was, "What if Superman, but bad?" It's an interesting question and it's a little surprising that no one has decided to explore it on a big pop culture scene before that. Seriously, what would happen if a Superman-like alien, instead of becoming a hero of the human race, decided to follow the wrong path? It would not be pretty and this film does not fear the ugliness that accompanies such a scenario. It's brutal, fascinating and tragically horrible, yet entertaining.
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in part, in the spirit of James Gunn, the filmmaker behind the franchise The Guardians of the Galaxy . Gunn, well before starting to produce big budget superhero movies, was making horror deals such as Slither . The best of both worlds is at stake here. But deserves the director David Yarovesky, who is not afraid to make this film a horrible film. There may be a version of Brightburn that is close to PG-13 and, while retaining the central idea of the "wicked Superman", may be more acceptable to a wider audience. They were not interested in this version. This is the most hardcore and bloody version of a traditional studio. And although it may shock some viewers, for those who aspire to a new story centered on captivated and overpowered characters, that's it.
The writers Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn (yes, it's a Gunn family affair) clearly wanted to approach the idea of a figure similar to Superman with some cynicism. Clark Kent was intrinsically good. This is an optimistic view of an extraterrestrial crash on Earth. It's a comforting thought for many. It's the opposite. In some ways, it is perhaps talking about deeper truths about humanity, or a version of the truth. Strangers who feel isolated and different often do not find healthy ways to deal with misguided and confusing feelings. Imagine a teenager struggling with such problems who understands that he can upgrade a truck without lifting a finger? That's what's at stake here.
The distribution, highlighted by Elizabeth Banks and David Denman as parents of this boy, contributes to the creation of this unconventional film and sometimes difficult to follow to perfection. But the real selling point is the young Jackson A. Dunn, who plays our tragic anti-Superman. He has to juggle a lot and he drops him from the park. This film may not be a hit for some viewers, but it's hard to argue against Dunn's performance.
This movie may have some cracks in the armor. It's a bit risky at times, maybe a little slow to start and for some, excessive violence may seem a little too much. That said, it's hard not to get excited about what that means. What this reinvention can do for the genre in the future. It's a film that should absolutely exist and now, thanks to James Gunn and Sony Pictures, it exists. Hopefully this paves the way for more creative approaches to superhero narratives in the future, but it's a terribly attractive place to start.
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