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I shouldn't speak too much about Midnight Special..the less you know the better. However if you can give it time and are patient it is a movie worth visiting. Some will be put off by its at times sedate narrative but the characters all ring true. Maybe I am biased towards Jeff Nicholls. His three films to date have been brilliant pieces of story telling. (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and my fave of 2013 Mud.)
Though there was a moment…
I was really worried this biopic of the famous skier Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards would fall into the pot marked Treacle but bar a few missteps this uplifting slightly ethereal movie from actor turned director Dexter Fletcher proves a real winner.
We cover Eddie's teen life in the pre credits sequence and we then head to his training and eventual Olympic attempts. All the while coached by a former jumper, now elusive drunk, played by Hugh Jackman. The actual jumps…
Jeff Wadlow needs his behind kicked thats for sure as his take on a subversive satirical superhero movie is disappointingly weak. Violence without moral consequence and despite some neat set pieces there was too much high school mucking about and not enough Jim Carrey. And not really enough of kick-ass or Hit-girl in action either. tacked on predictable ethics education at the end too.
The door is left open for a sequel, but a fresh approach is required if Kick-Ass does not want to become what it originally intended to satire and homage.
For a movie that primarily puts slot A into slot B I am somewhat surprised I am hailing this as not only one of the greatest action genre pics ever made but one of the greatest cinematic experiences for the last ten years. That common phrase we use so often of 'They do not make films like that anymore'(after watching a cult classic such as Cliffhanger or Robocop) can be struck down after watching this 90's infused, often surprisingly tender…