A little familiar, and slightly to the wrong side of the divide between spare and underwritten, Midnight Special falls short of recapturing the uncanny heights of metaphysical frisson Nichols attained in Take Shelter, but it's still pretty neat, and the performances are wonderfully fraught. This may, for one semi-negligible thing, feature the first role in which I've really approved of Adam Driver.
Fans of Stranger Things looking for another homage to satisfy their Spielberg-Carpenter fix can look here, but don't forget that it's also a Jeff Nichols film, rooted in the American south and barely vocalized emotions. There are too many damn gaps in the storytelling to suit me, but as allegory, not drama, it's a gorgeous, distinct tale of saying goodbye to your child to send them (literally) into the future.
Highly inventive science-fiction thriller with a slow burning pace and beautiful aesthetic. Very enjoyable, although I wanted them to spend more time with the cult and their misunderstanding the child's messages as doomsday prophecy rather than his ascension. Certainly a unique sci-fi entry.
The little kid from "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" is all grown-up and has an alien child to return home, with the help of his childhood friend and his wife, not in bikes but in a car. I can also recall the plot from X-Men's Ciclople, but let's not go that way...
For me it's in between Midnight OK and Midnight Good. Shannon and Dunst are terrific actors, and those final 15 minutes were damn beautiful, but the overall story feels a bit ill-fitted and simplistic... as if the father-son relationship was supposed to make up for everything else that's lacking... and Adam Driver's character was just too lame. Oh well, I'll still keep an eye on Nichols' future projects.
One of the few sci-fi movies interested in exploring the idea of science as faith. Because science does have a faith aspect, faith that there is more to life and the universe than we may ever understand... And it shows characters with a fanatical approach to trying to understand. It's a beautiful movie that takes religious concepts and re-appropriates them for a world that will never grasp the complexities of physics
A well crafted, mysterious thriller with bold performances and fearless lighting. The Second half felt a little less engaging with the revelation and realisation of the 'other' world perhaps being a touch too tangible and losing it's sense of wonder. Solid casting, art direction and score all elevate this to something special. 4 stars
Much has been made of Midnight Special's comparisons to a specific breed of old-fashioned, family-centered sci-fi films, but these comparisons fail to account for a significant difference in tone. Here, the wonder is fraught with worry, the adventure overshadowed by danger and desperation.