I am so lucky to live in a city like Austin, TX, which is a hub of culture. There’s music emanating from every open window and it’s a foodie and food truckie (I’m inventing that term right now) paradise. But Austin is also a film town.
Tonight I went to see Midnight Special, a film by Austin local, Jeff Nichols. I’d wanted to see it and was given a tip off that he would be there and introducing the 6:20 show, so I bought my mom and I tickets. Right now the film is only playing in NY, LA and the South Lamar Alamo Drafhouse in Austin, TX. (dusts off shoulder).
Nichols didn’t speak for long. He was humble and excited that seats were filled and that the studio had agreed to open in Austin right along side the other film elite cities. He told us that the film had no influence from the studio and that he would bear the burden of any criticism.
He won’t get any from me. Nor will I say much about the film. Before it began he told us, “This film is a sci-fi chase movie, and it’s best if you have as little information as possible.” and he is right. The trailer is refreshingly vague and the film itself is a beautiful example of delicate, thoughtful story telling. He gave us everything we needed only when we needed it. Every detail, from the writing, cinematography, to each of the actors is wonderful. Kirsten Dunst’s portrayal of her stoic character is beautiful.
This is one of the best films I have seen in a long time. My mom, an avid movie goer, agreed. It is truly something special. It will eventually be rolling out to more cities and theaters. Make a point to go and then tweet or snap me so we can share and say, “I know! I loved it so much too!” together.