Movie Review – The Midnight Sky (2020)

The Midnight Sky, 2020

Directed by George Clooney
Starring George Clooney, Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir, David Oyelowo, Tiffany Boone, Caoilinn Springall, Sophie Rundle, and Ethan Peck



This post-apocalyptic story follows Augustine, a lonely scientist within the Arctic, as he races to cease Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning house to a mysterious world disaster.


There are clichés so far as the attention can see into the celebrities inside The Midnight Sky, which is directed by George Clooney and primarily based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s e book Good Morning, Midnight tailored for the display screen by Mark L. Smith. They aren’t simply restricted to at least one half of the story both, because the narrative cuts backwards and forwards between a scientist within the Arctic Circle on a now uninhabitable future Earth and the final remaining spaceship returning to stated disaster from looking for a brand new house.

Earlier than attending to George Clooney’s stereotypical genius scientist character, it needs to be stated that it’s considerably forgivable for the area crew to be a bit of generic. Sure, these tales are supposed to intersect in an vital means and so they do, however I don’t suppose anybody goes to be too bummed out that, though they’re notable names resembling Felicity Jones and David Oyelowo, are secondary by way of characterization to George Clooney and his mission. However it’s virtually spectacular how clichéd these characters are, from {couples} to these lacking their households, to a pregnant character (to be honest, Felicity Jones was truly pregnant in real-life and the script was rewritten to accommodate). They’re a boring bunch given little to do and barely ever come alive.


Right here’s the litmus check, although, for a way unremarkable these characters are. At one level, their communications system is thrown offline forcing them to conduct a spacewalk and repair some wires. Admittedly, there’s one charming set-piece involving the Neil Diamond tune Candy Caroline and these explorers singing alongside. It’s all a reprieve from what is basically a fittingly dour narrative. However, because the sequence transitions to a extra critical tone, certainly one of these characters die, besides there received’t be any emotion felt. The one response is certainly one of pleasure resulting from how aesthetically inventive the dying is. That doesn’t cease the film from spending an additional 5 minutes failing at milking disappointment, which made the belief all of the extra clear that, placing it bluntly, these characters suck.

It solely will get worse. George Clooney performs scientist Augustine Lofthoust (how is that for some phrase salad) who appears to not be evacuating with the remainder of the crew within the Arctic Circle for causes to do with blood transfusions and probably a want for loneliness. He’s additionally watching over spaceships incoming again to earth and should warn them that it’s not protected and to show round. On the base, he stumbles throughout a left-behind baby named Iris (newcomer Caoilinn Springall) who, and prepare for one more aggravating cliché, is unable to talk.


What ensues is a survivalism journey throughout the Arctic Circle with Augustine making an attempt to achieve a working communications tower because the aforementioned spaceship is en route house and unaware of the doom that awaits. Even that, quantities to a sequence of clichés from coming throughout an injured man to short-term separation inside a bitter storm. From a cinematography standpoint, it’s all visually interesting however by no means musters up any urgency or an actual sense of peril. Stranger, The Midnight Sky is structured in an unwieldy style that sticks with the crew for almost all of the second hour.

There are additionally a sequence of flashbacks to a younger Augustine (Ethan Peck, who both sounds virtually precisely like George Clooney or had his voice dubbed over by George Clooney himself) prioritizing area exploration over his spouse and household. His present scenario of loneliness appears to be the price of his earlier selections all through life and the throughline of The Midnight Sky is assuredly about household. Nevertheless, when all of the playing cards are revealed it turns into troublesome what to make of the story. The massive reveal is one more cliché, nevertheless it’s additionally dealt with with a minimalistic presentation that added a small quantity of emotion.


Whether or not you discover the shock satisfying or not, The Midnight Sky remains to be a disappointment provided that some excellent CGI and sensible particular results (the spaceship designs virtually appear like satellites with rotating attachments, making for one thing distinctive and dazzling to take a look at), lovely music from Alexandre Desplat, and George Clooney in entrance of and behind the digicam all went to this lackluster trophy sci-fi effort.

Flickering Delusion Score – Movie: ★ ★ / Film: ★ ★

Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Movie Critics Affiliation and the Critics Alternative Affiliation. He’s additionally the Flickering Delusion Opinions Editor. Test right here for brand spanking new opinions, observe my Twitter or Letterboxd, or electronic mail me at [email protected]


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