Monday, June 19, 2017

Movie Review: Midnight Special (2016)

Movie: Midnight Special (2016)

Director: Jeff Nichols

Writer: Jeff Nichols

Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Jaeden Lieberher, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard, Paul Sparks, Bill Camp, Scott Haze, Sean Bridgers, & David Jensen

One-Line Plot Synopsis: A father is on the run with his son from both the Government and a religious group who both want the boy for his incredible special powers.

There are a few director/actor combinations in Hollywood right now that are pretty dynamic and special.  Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon happen to be one of those partnerships that works perfectly.  Unlike the combination of say, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese or Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, Shannon and Nichols do their projects on a much smaller scale but with the same level of artistry, originality, and talent.

Jeff Nichols might just be the most underrated person working in Hollywood right now.  His writing and style are completely his own and every project that he produces is an incredible piece of film.  This was Nichols and Shannon's third time working together.  They started with the low budget Indie movie Shotgun Stories, followed that up with the incredibly visualized Take Shelter, and took it even further with Midnight Special.  The great things about the movies that they work on together is that they center around story and characters.  That's where any good movie will hang its hat.  The rest of the stuff can enhance a movie but it can't stand without those specific pillars.

The more I see Adam Driver in movies, the bigger fan of his I become.  My favorite scene is the interrogation Driver has with Alton, played by the young kid Jaeden Lieberher.  I think it might be something with the way Driver speaks.  He has an unusual tone to his voice and the way he puts sentences together is interesting...if that makes any sense at all.

I'm looking forward to any and all future collaborations between these two. I know that they'll make something special and something that is completely different than anything that's going to be out at the time.  That's what makes the pairing of these two talented people so great.

Rating: 9/10