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THE MIDNIGHT SKY (2020): The Things I Liked…

The Midnight Sky (2020), George Clooney, Netflix
The Midnight Sky (2020), George Clooney, Netflix

George Clooney’s latest acting/directorial effort The Midnight Sky has scenes that will likely stay with you for quite some time. Scenes linked to the visual presentation and specific performance moments.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the earth has suffered a mysterious global catastrophe; Clooney’s character is Augustine, a lonely scientist on a race to stop an astronaut and her team from returning back to earth.

Before watching the movie, I encountered a review headline for The Midnight Sky that used the word ‘boring.’ Now, as any serious Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Felicity Jones and David Oyelowo fan would do, I had to find out for myself if I agreed.

Post viewing, I must say that even though the films tense and anxiety-inducing moments initially kept me engaged, there soon a came a time or two when I reached for my phone; partly due to the story editing and things happening at a slower pace than preferred. However, I was also trying to distract myself from emotional stress. That caused by the bleak realities of Augustine and the astronauts’ situations.

There’s even a specific scene where you know a tragedy is happening any moment now. And you’re not sure you want to hang around to see it unfold; partly because you’re mad that you were able to guess what was coming next. But you’re also displeased because you’re not a big fan of the continued depressing mood of the story and you want some normalcy again.

Curiosity about the ending, the acting, plus visual moments that impressed are what kept me watching The Midnight Sky. Generally, everyone performs well. Two specific highlights being the closeup of David Oyelowo’s character’s profile as he digests the meaning of a very unsettling bit of news. And the second is every time the camera was on young Caoilinn Springall who plays Iris.

The most visually impressive moments include the colour-rich scene at the beginning that features Jupiter. Another at a later stage involves the removal of a helmet.

Give The Midnight Sky a chance if you’re curious. The premise is certainly intriguing. It’s just unfortunate that I’m convinced there’s a more engaging story, with better character development and maybe even a less moody/depressing creative execution I could have enjoyed more.

Happy Film Loving

G

THE MIDNIGHT SKY (2020): New Trailer From George Clooney, Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, David Oyelowo…

The Midnight Sky (2020), George Clooney, Netflix
The Midnight Sky (2020), George Clooney, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  The Midnight Sky (2020).


Directed by and starring George Clooney; The Midnight Sky is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi/drama about Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic.

Augustine is on a race to stop Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.

Additional key cast includes Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, David Oyelowo and Sophie Rundle.

The music suggests an emotional film but the way Oyelowo asks: ‘Why is it so quiet?’ got me right in heart, and a little in the tear ducts.

I’ve actually been looking forward to a new Clooney movie for a while and the premise of this one is very interesting. Lastly, how disturbing is what happens at 1:38 in this trailer?

Ethan Peck, Miriam Shor, Demián Bichir, Tim Russ, Tiffany Boone, Edan Hayhurst, Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir, Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Tia Bannonn and Grant Crookes also star.

The Midnight Sky Release Dates: December 23rd, 2020 (US)…

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SUBURBICON (2017): New Trailer From Director George Clooney, Starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac…

Suburbicon (2017), Julianne Moore, Matt Damon
Suburbicon (2017), Julianne Moore, Matt Damon

Directed and co-written by George Clooney, Suburbicon stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac in what looks like a 1950s set story about a home invasion that disturbs a quiet family town…

The humour plus the talents of Matt Damon and Julianne Moore are my key reasons for tuning in. There’s also the 1950s iconography including the spectacles on Damon’s characters face to look forward to.

Glenn Fleshler, Jack Conley, Noah Jupe and Gary Basaraba also star.

Suburbicon Release Dates: November 3rd, 2017 (US); November 23rd, 2017 (UK)…

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MONEY MONSTER (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Money Monster (2016), Jack O'Connell
Money Monster (2016), Jack O’Connell

Money Monster is not on my list of favourite thrillers because even though the cast is stellar, the story and its execution proved not completely worthy of their efforts. There were a few somewhat thrilling moments but nothing proved enough to make the movie all that the trailer had me hoping for.

Jack O’Connell (Kyle) and Julia Roberts are my favourite things about the Jodie Foster directed film. Not to say that George Clooney was bad, but I must confess that his character’s dance moves at the start of the film were especially awkward. So much so that having to experience that made me lose quite a bit of respect for the entire production as a whole.

I doubt that anyone will be missing much if they don’t bother with Money Monster. O’Connell’s performance and the resolution of Kyle’s story is the reason I kept watching to the very end. How could I not after experiencing his great work in  Starred Up (2013)Watch Money Monster if you really, really must.

Here’s a little taster of what it’s like when Clooney’s character breaks into dance. Deliberately awkward or not, I doubt that it helped the movie.

Money Monster (2016), George Clooney
Money Monster (2016), George Clooney

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HAIL, CAESAR! (2015): The Thing I Liked…

Hail Caesar (2015), Tilda Swinton
Hail Caesar (2015), Tilda Swinton

Truth be told, Hail, Caesar! proved to be quite the bore. Regrettably I have to confess that I found the trailer  far more entertaining than the movie. The trailer is funny, filled with the glamour, colours and seemingly odd characters of 1950s Hollywood; all good things. I liked the fact that it didn’t give much away in terms of where the story was going or even who the key protagonist might be and it moved at a good pace.

Unfortunately however,  a slow pace and inadequately intriguing story that never really goes anywhere are my biggest issues with Hail, Caesar! Part of the problem might be that there were too many stories trying to happen at the same time.

On the positive side, in addition to the humorous moments (the best of which you see in the trailer) what I do like about Hail, Caesar!  is the makeup, glamour and colourful attire worn by the film’s main female characters. The characters played far too briefly by Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Veronica Osorio. Had it not been for these highlights, I’m not sure I’d have made it through to the end.

Hail, Caesar! (2015), Veronica Osorio
Hail, Caesar! (2015), Veronica Osorio

Overall, I think I’d have much preferred to see only the funny moments in the movie; something like a Saturday Night Live comedy sketch format. Basically a feature length version of the scenes such as the funny moments in the trailer. Outrageous suggestion I’m sure but I really was hoping for more from a Coen brothers written  and directed movie. 

Needless to say, Hail, Caesar! is not my favourite film by the Coens. That title will probably always belong to the excellent No Country For Old Men (2007), a  movie I continue to recommend.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

MONEY MONSTER (2016): New Thriller Starring Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell & George Clooney

Money Monster (2016), Julia Roberts
Money Monster (2016), Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts,  Jack O’Connell, George Clooney and Dominic West are the stars of Money Monster, a brand new thriller directed by Jodie Foster and set on Wall Street…

I’m most excited because Julia Roberts is always great, the movie looks good and one of my favourite young actors, Jack O’Connell is in it. Time to ready ourselves for the tense and emotional ride.

Money Monster Release Date(s): May 13th, 2016 (US); May 27th, 2016 (UK); March 31st, 2016 (Ger)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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TOMORROWLAND (2015): There Is Something I Liked…

Tomorrowland (2015), Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Raffey Cassidy
Tomorrowland (2015), Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Raffey Cassidy

When I saw the trailer for Academy Award winning director, Brad Bird’s latest sci-fi, Tomorrowland, I wasn’t particularly wowed/ hugely interested. That’s probably because it looked like a kids sci-fi, which it kind of is. Still, I was a little curious, especially with George Clooney as one of the stars.

The future of humanity, optimism and time travel are key themes in Tomorrowland. Its main character is an optimistic teenage science enthusiast played by Britt Robertson. Unfortunately, for reasons I’m not quite certain of, I found myself not really able to connect with Robertson’s protagonist. Not to say that the character’s positive outlook and general optimism didn’t sit well with me, or that it isn’t correct. It’s likely that the general story just didn’t provide the necessary elements required or provide them in the right way (if at all) in order for a connection to happen. It could also be that I’m simply not the target market.

I do have a favourite thing about Tomorrowland and that is the meaning behind the story about ‘feeding the wolf’. Beyond that, Bird’s film just feels like a long winded and not particularly well structured way of saying one thing about the importance of optimism and creativity, especially as it pertains to the future of our planet and everything in it.

Watch Tomorrowland if you absolutely must. However, if you’re just not that curious, the following is a SPOILER / quote of  the feeding the wolf story that I mentioned:

‘There are two wolves and they’re always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. Which wolf wins…? Whichever one you feed’

Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Keegan-Michael Key and Kathryn Hahn also star.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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HAIL, CAESAR! (2016): New Trailer From Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum & Scarlett Johansson

Hail, Caesar (2016), Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin
Hail, Caesar (2016), Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin

It’s a comedy / drama/ musical and it’s from the Coen brothers…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

I’m really hoping that Hail Caesar! is great, especially since musicals aren’t really my thing. Set during the 1950s, at least it’s also a drama / comedy.

The wonderful cast includes Jonah Hill, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton.

Hail Caesar! Release Date (s): February 5th 2016 (US), February 26th 2016 (UK), February 17th (France), February 18th (Germany)

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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