directed by Jeff Nichols (2016)
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a feature film that felt special from the very beginning. Jeff Nichols belongs to this pool of unknown and driven filmmakers who financed their first films through friends and family’s money and got noticed right away, growing steadily stronger.
Midnight Special is Nichols fourth feature film, and his choices in format, casting and storytelling show great taste. Midnight Special is a sober and subtle take on the sci-fi genre. Elements give a retro feel while others make it feels like you belong to present time or a dystopian present time. What need to be explained is, but you can feel there’s a whole world that’s been built around a human story of a father trying to protect his son.
A son with abilities nobody quiet understand.
Every scene feels like the perfect length, it’s a slow movie in the sense that you don’t feel rushed, and yet you’re engaged in every frame, every line, and there’s no fat. I believe the ending is splitting opinions (I haven’t searched too much about it), I loved it from frame A to frame Z.
Definitely not something you’ve seen before. A big story told in a quiet way, which is pretty much what I’d love to achieve. Kudos to Nichols, and consider watching it.
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