RELEASED 2016 RUNTIME 111 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION JEFF NICHOLS SCREENPLAY JEFF NICHOLS STARRING MICHAEL SHANNON, JOEL EDGERTON, KIRSTEN DUNST, ADAM DRIVER, SAM SHEPARD MUSIC DAVID WINGO
Midnight Special is about a family who are on the run from the government because their boy seems to have some sort of special abilities. The movie basically starts out with them already on the road trying to protect their boy.
Man, I really wanted to love this movie. But it just didn’t do it for me. I’s really nicely filmed and has a great cast, plus some really nice ideas. But ultimately it was pretty boring.
It seems like I’m the only person feeling that way because the critics apparently love the film. But for me it just a 2h heist movie (which I usually love to death) with a hazy storyline. We have no idea why the government is chasing the boy. Sure, he has special powers, but it never gets explained what they crave about him so much that they are willing to take him away from his parents in cold blood. I know the government is selfish, but that seems too harsh even for them.
But the most annoying thing about the film is that the kids powers seem so random. Depending on the situation he can do things that get him out of trouble. I’m not saying that you have to explain everything, but at least give us an idea what the boy can do and where his limitations are. He basically feels like Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen, but without the blue skin (ironically blue light is coming out of his eyes though).
Also the movie seems very bland. People were complaining about Man Of Steel for being too bland, which btw. is not a bad comparison in the first place because this movie seems like a homage to the Superman story, if Clarke Kent was found out to be an alien creature beforehand. The movie clearly draws inspiration from the Superman lure and feels like an alternative story, which I think is a very cool idea. But it is very one note and even more stale than Man Of Steel, which I really like btw.
It wouldn’t have bothered me so much, if at least the story was more exciting.
The cast is pretty good and interesting. We have Michael Shanon playing the kids dad, Kirsten Dunst as the kids mother, Joel Edgerton as a close friend of the dad and the kid played by Jaeden Lieberher. All these actors did a fine job, but all of them, again, were really one note performances. It’s a quite depressing movie to be honest.
Adam Driver is in the movie playing some sort of scientist. He was by far the most interesting character and it’s nice to see that some of the newcomers who have been breaking out trough Star Wars are finding other acting jobs besides their main gig.
I really like the music in the film and the theme stuck in my head after the film. So, props to David Wingo!
So what else to say? I was a little bit disappointed with the movie, especially because I was hoping for something amazing by Jeff Nichols. His previous movie Mud was a-fucking-mazing I gave it a full house 10/10 back then. But take my opinion with a grain of salt. As I said, the critics love this film, so there is a chance that you may love it, too. But for me, I left the theater with a meh!