George Clooney saves humanity & gives a terrific performance in The Midnight Sky; Here’s what netizens think
Sometimes a downer of a movie can make you feel a little better about life, serving as a reminder that things aren’t as bad as they could be. The Midnight Sky, a glum science-fiction reverie directed by George Clooney may serve that function for some people. At its best, the film shimmers with a thoughtful, poetic moodiness. At its worst, it’s quite slow. But Clooney—who also stars, as a crabby, obsessive scientist bearing the comically hifalutin name Augustine Lofthouse—is at the very least a thoughtful filmmaker, and The Midnight Sky is made with obvious care. What’s more, he’s modest enough to make himself a fairly muted presence, allowing his supporting players to shine.
If you’re not familiar with the film, set in 2049, the movie begins three weeks after an unspecified “event” that will spell mankind’s doom, with Clooney’s Augustine — situated at an outpost in the Arctic — still alive, but for how long no one knows. Still, Augustine has one task left to perform: Warning a spaceship with a diverse crew of astronauts from returning to a dying planet, but rather hoping to divert them, after a deep-space mission that might have provided hope of a habitable planet upon which they could take refuge.
Adapted from Lily Brooks-Dalton’s book “Good Morning, Midnight” by writer Mark L. Smith (“The Revenant”), the film oscillates between the astronauts and Augustine, while fleshing out details about his character through a series of flashbacks. But before you invest 122 minutes of your life on this hopeful film, scroll down to see what Twitterati thinks about the film.
#TheMidnightSky is a huge, if unintentional, slap at whacko evangelical beliefs. Not only does earth's doom bypass the Rapture (Oh.), but the new interstellar Adam and Eve are an interracial couple. Jesus, apparently, will return and go, "Wha' happened?" LOL #GeorgeClooney pic.twitter.com/WOKomNyqTa
— Méchant Loup (@MchantLoup5) December 18, 2020
#TheMidnightSky by George Clooney is visually stunning and would be 100% worth seeing on the big screen just for that alone! But the Characters and flow of the story create what can sometimes be an unfocused mess! pic.twitter.com/sNvNADMC3Y
— MaxBolton (@MaxBoltonYT) December 17, 2020
— bigmeuprudeboy (@bigmeuprudeboy) December 23, 2020
— grumpy old fruitcake (@grumpyoldfruit) December 23, 2020
I'm not sure where this movie wants to go. George Clooney was trying something here. It's just not landing. #TheMidnightSky
— Japaneeswa (@CvuJapCawe) December 23, 2020