The Movie: 9/10
“A movie journey unlike any I have taken in a long time.”
No, these are not empty quotes on the back of a DVD box. These are my very own thoughts about Midnight Special. I can’t even hide my love of this movie with any kind of clever chit chat. I just LOVED it. I had NO idea what it was going to be so I was along for the ride along with the characters.
I won’t give away anything, well, not that seems like anything to me, so you will just need to go watch it and then come back to see if you simply agree with me. I don’t think it’s for everyone. I mean, people who have commented are pretty mixed, as always, so it’s not a big crowd-pleaser. This is a good thing! It’s got enough weirdness and uncertainty to keep my eyes wide open, but enough beautifully performed, well-directed scenes that it’s grounded in reality and it sucks me in completely.
We get a lot of stories now, and always, that are straight lines from dot to dot. There is a character who has a problem and needs to solve it before they can triumph or learn a lesson in the end. Midnight Special dabbles in the tradition of story telling, but with that almost breathtaking punk flavor added to make it feel new.
A boy, his parents, a friend, a bad guy, some questionable bad guys, a road trip, and that’s about it…..oh, but it’s not all there is. It languishes in my mind with those movies that rise above the rest, balancing out the flicks and the clunkers and the dot to dot to dot tales that do their fair share of entertaining. I’m always ready for more than just a good time at the movies, and Midnight Special does it all. I’m impressed by the cast, the story, the dialogue, the sets, the design of the whole thing, the feelings, the thinking, it’s all primed to make me smile just thinking about it.
Watch it and see for yourself.
- Take A Closer Look At 5 key Characters In Origins (8 Minutes) – Short featurettes that show the characters stories before the movie starts.
- The Unseen World (5 Minutes) – A look at the concept design of the movies world.
- UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
I think this movie has so much more to offer than is slapped on this cover. What a shame. I LOVE this movie and if I find another image as a poster I would have it on my wall for sure.
Audio & Video: 7/10
Midnight Special is a special film (excuse the pun) that makes me glad to be a film-goer. Shot on film by Adam Stone most of the film takes place in the dark and the inky blacks never cover up the action. When the movie reaches it’s climax and the sun eventually comes up the CGI effects look incredible for a film of this budget. Flesh tones are natural and close-ups are detailed and vibrant.
The 5.1 DTS-MA track has a few issues in my opinion. The difference between loud and quiet often referred to as Dynamic Range is way to much on this title. I had to adjust the speakers which I have never had to do before and stumbled across a mode called Midnight that equalized this. Also LFE is so aggressive it made my walls rattle, again I had to turn down the sub-woofer something I have never had to do before. Aside from the technical issues the dialog is clear and crisp and the musical score by Dave Wingo is quite emotional.
Overall Score 9/10