Recently watched Midnight Special and wanted to share some of the things I apprecaited about this film.
1. Intrigue. It instantly created quick intrigue with some unique scenes (an Amber alert, kid with goggles, and a cult with women who wore outfits like the mole women in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).
2. Creativity. I'm sure someone can cross pollinate a couple different genre films to create something that this film resembles, but this independent film was from my perspective straight-up creative without falling into a niche of related genre films.
3. Not Trashy. That's right folks, this indie film focused on story without shock value or strings of profanity by the characters. Yes, it's even PG-13, which is not a normal rating for most story-centric indie films. Nice work.
4. Unique Cast Executing Well. Michael Shannon typically creeps me out, which works here, Joel Edgerton typically impresses me, he did here again. Kristen Dunst is such a wild card, and it's been awhile since I've seen her on screen and she really does nice work. Sam Shepards usually great - he is here. Adam Driver is such a unique actor as well, and he really plays this part well. And certainly must mention the young Jaeden Lieberher...also did a convincing job in this unique role. Great casting.