Release Date: March 18th (limited.)
Written by: Jeff Nichols.
Directed by: Jeff Nichols.
Starring: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, and Sam Shepard.
I was originally not going to review this movie, for reasons, but ultimately decided to do a short write-up instead of nothing at all.
What's so special about this kid, you ask? I don't know, but he hates the sunlight, can sense things with his mind, and shoots lasers out of his eyes. So that probably explains why the Government wants to weaponize him. Did I mention that the kid is dying? Because he is.
Was that vague enough for you? Good, because we don't want to spoil anything for you.
|MICHAEL SHANNON DOES NOT LIKE SPOILERS!|
I found it to be a really solid Sci-Fi Thriller that was gorgeously rendered and had me guessing all the way through, but at the same time, I wanted more of an emotional punch from it that I never got. Michael Shannon is brilliant as the tortured father who is racing against time to save the life of his kid, who may be some sort of alien/messiah/mutant or something, but their story didn't frigging move me like it should have.
I bought into it, and I loved a lot of it, but it just felt like something was missing. Maybe the payoff didn't answer enough of my questions, or was just too underwhelming... I'm honestly not sure. Maybe on a second watch it'll grab me more.
The cast in this one is great. Like the aforementioned Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton was his usual excellent self here. Those two could make movies together for the next 10 years and I'd be fine with that. Kirsten Dunst was also solid, and was the ever-excellent Sam Shepard.
Not as good as writer/director Mike Nichols' previous efforts, Mud and Take Shelter, Midnight Special feels like a a step back for the filmmaker, even if it's only a very small one. But it's still really good. See how confused it left me? That's why I didn't want to write it up!
|THESE GUYS CHEW SCENERY WITH THE BEST OF THEM.|
|THAT SWEATER IS JUST TOO CUMBERSOME.|
This one has me truly conflicted, but I'd definitely recommend that Sci-Fi fans give it a watch, even if you wait until it hits VOD, which should be fairly soon. We'll be watching it again, to try and sort our our feelings about it.
Midnight Special is in theaters now.
Kirsten Dunst... KIRSTEN DUNST!!!