Check out the Movie Bears Podcast full review of ‘Midnight Special’ in the video below or read on for our mini-review!
As the newest film from director Jeff Nichols (‘Mud,’ ‘Take Shelter’), ‘Midnight Special’ takes us on a deep-night flight down country roads in a harried attempt to protect a very special child from those who’d do him harm. Exhibiting special powers that Alton (Jaeden Lieberher) seemingly cannot control, it’s up to Roy (Michael Shannon), Lucas (Joel Edgerton), and Sarah (Kirsten Dunst) to protect the child from external forces while – at the same time – helping him to complete a journey that even Alton doesn’t understand. ‘Midnight Special’ is a weird (but delightful) blend of ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ and ‘The Fugitive’ that absolutely shouldn’t be missed while it’s in theaters.
The acting in this one is pretty great, especially from the very young (but not at all pretentiously precious) Jaeden Lieberher. Given his exceptional-yet-nuanced acting style, we anticipate seeing Lieberher in many more movies to come! And Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, and Joel Edgerton bring their absolute A-game, as usual. If there’s one complaint, though, it’s that Adam Driver (known for his role as Kylo Ren in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’) doesn’t get more to do. Driver is electric and endearing but falls by the wayside too early in the film. Even so, he did quite well with the material given and there’s even a fun Star Wars easter egg if you pay close attention.
One thing to warn you about upfront: this is not a movie that doles out answers tied to dropping anvils. You may have to flex your mind a bit and come to your own terms about certain aspects of the story. This can drive some audiences absolutely crazy so, if that’s you (and that’s totally ok), bear this in mind! But if you love a movie that takes you on a journey but gives you room to find your own answers, then ‘Midnight Special’ is quite special indeed. Do. Not. Miss!
Written by Brad Harris, Movie Bears Podcast