The Midnight Sky is another apocalyptic film, but the real disaster is the movie itself. The outspace visuals are gorgeous but it’s not enough to save this catastrophe. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
The Midnight Sky drops on Netflix today, December 23rd. The movie is based off the book by Lily Brooks-Dalton, and was directed by George Clooney, who also stars in it. This sci-fi flicks looks great on paper, and in fact was, but it fails to deliver the same magic on screen. Check out all the details in my parents guide movie review.
The Midnight Sky Parents Guide
The story starts off in future time, it is the year 2049 and the earth has become uninhabitable. Augustine (George Clooney) is a brilliant Scientist who chose to stay at the Artic Circle after the rest of the population flee underground. He soon discovers he is not left alone at the Artic, a young girl (Caoilinn Springall) joins him and accompanies him on his journey through the freezing temperatures to reach a satellite to communicate with Aether, a spaceship returning to earth.
Aether was sent on a mission to an unknown planet called K-23 to find out if the planet was inhabitable for human life. The crew of Aether, which includes Sully (Felicity Jones), Adewole (Davi Oyelowo), Maya (Tiffany Boone), Sanchez (Demien Bichir), and Mitchell (Kyle Chandler), have no idea the state of destruction earth is in.
The Midnight Sky Age Appropriate
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before allowing their kids to see The Midnight Sky.
Language: This film contains very mild langauge. There is one use of bulls*&^, the B-word and damn.
Violence: The overall feel of the film is very doom and gloom. However, we do not see too many scenes which could disturb a younger audience. There is one scene in which the Astronauts are outside the spaceship (in space) and were caught in some sort of meteor shower. One crew member was injured in this incident, resulting in a bloody scene.
This film is rated PG-13, however I believe even teenagers may be bored with it. It jumps around in plot and flashbacks and moves very slow overall.
They say if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. That’s tough when one has to review a film so, I will start off with the “good” points in George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky. Visually the movie is stunning. The space shots and CGI is done with perfection and I can see where much of the 100 million dollar budget was spent when watching the gorgeous imagery.
Where the film lacks is with its muddled plot and lack of character development. There are two parallel stories going on during it, each story seems interesting enough, but with these two stories along with the many flashbacks each character has, viewers fail to connect on any emotional level with the characters. This failure plays a huge part when the most dramatic scenes come into fruition, when climatic moments leave viewers emotionally disconnected from characters, resulting in the lack of impact.
With all the great films being released around the holiday, The Midnight Sky gets lost in space, as well as it should.