This is not a review of Midnight Special. This is an open letter to Zach Snyder.
I understand you like making loud, smashy films. Therefore, the appeal of making Batman V Superman, perhaps the loudest and smashiest premise of them all, was too great for you to resist.
I personally was disappointed by BVS, mainly because any semblance of story or pathos was superseded by the aforementioned loudness and smashiness. Unfortunate, but I accepted that. Sometimes you swing…
In many ways, this feels like the filmmakers were trying to make two films simultaneously: one a faithful adaptation of the Disney classic with the comedy and musical numbers you would expect, the other a darker, more grounded tale of the dangers facing a young boy living surrounded by tigers, bears and gigantopithecuses. Both of these films are independently interesting and very well realised, but they never quite assimilate into one consistent whole. That said, Bill Murray as Baloo is one of the best pieces of casting in quite some time.
What on the face of it may seem like the most generic of family film premises (talking animals!) actually gives way to a quite profound discussion on our society's uneasy relationship with issues such as race and gender in ways more subtle and moving than most "grown up" films manage to achieve. And all while having comically slow sloths.
Definitely not for the typical, "quiet-quiet-bang" in Kermodian parlance, horror film crowd. Heard at least three people say this was the worst film they'd ever seen as they left the cinema.
If you're looking for something more out of leftfield though and like your horror with old-fashioned aspect ratios, Puritanal prayers and a scary goat, then this might be right up your alley.