2016: Midnight Special (2016) dir. Jeff Nichols - 4/5 - FILM REVIEW - Final Part
Because of the gritty deep south setting, the real sort of locations that Alton and Roy find themselves - and the eerie government FBI G-Man style settings that the film diverts to - frames the father/son relationship in a meaningful way. When the film ventures into the "supernatural" and lens-flarey moments, what draws you back in is the care and performance that Shannon demonstrates as the father with one key goal in mind: protect his son. Don't waste time trying to figure out what the big secret behind Alton is, stick with the here and now of the scenes and it's a real heartfelt story that is very tangible.
Nichols also manages to hold-back and not give audiences everything in every scene, there are layers to the film that are slowly peeled back and rooted in some of the small details/imagery of the characters: Alton's goggles, his inability to stay in the daylight, the sort of manner in which his father (Shannon) has to protect him and the safety precautions that he and his father go through when moving from place to place. The efforts on show might get lost on most audiences - somewhat in it's final moments as well - but ultimately, you have a sci-fi film that is based on pure imagination, chase and is just a great watch if you like the sort of old-school sci-fi films. It's a great one for modern audiences, that stands up to some of the mainstream blockbusters that are being released currently.
Suffice to say, the film has a lot of heart and atmosphere that is very rarely seen in modern films, and Jeff Nichols has wonderfully written and directed his story in a sort of closely intimate way that is heart-felt and connects and draws you in.
I liked the film a lot
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