Parents' Guide to

The Midnight Sky

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Peril, language in gloomy, character-driven apocalypse tale.

Movie PG-13 2020 122 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 13+

Hmmm...not as satisfying as you would like it to be

They definitely spent lot of money on this film. it feels like a redux of Solaris in terms of the guilt involved. It is an interesting premise to withhold what it is that has caused the main issues until you get to almost the end...it is a very big ask to withhold so much from the audience and not give the audience something firm to hold onto. Clooney is a solid actor, but it feels too easy to check out of this film. And the payoff, well I think it stands to reason that it is not as satisfying as maybe you would like it to be.
age 18+

Lots of CGI, plenty of space scenes, but slow story and a question over casting

I saw this actually being filmed in La Palma when the biggest film crew ever was on the Island, and I know the Cherenkov dish used in the scenes. So I was excited to see the film. But I was dissappointed: slow to develop, George C was good but that was about it. Narrative very sluggish, a few great scenes mimicing Gavity. I’m sorry but I have to be honest, the script needs to be re written and greater character clarity and purpose. Felicity Jones was magic in The Theory of Everything but sadly not the right part for her here.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (10 ):

The Midnight Sky is a film that tries to be epic but doesn't quite spend enough time with any of its characters to generate sufficient emotion. The two parallel storylines do have some interest. In one, a dying, grey-bearded Clooney evokes a combination of human frailty and save-the-species determination. His weary face and physical motions reflect the potential futility of the near-impossible journey he's set out on. It's unusual to see the leading man look so infirm, and this alone creates some intrigue to keep the otherwise slow opening scenes of Clooney shuffling around alone at an Arctic Circle observatory interesting. Ethan Peck also looks and sounds a lot like Clooney as the younger Augustine.

In the parallel story, a group of astronauts steer their spaceship through unchartered space regions to get back to earth. We're meant to connect with each member of the crew through their relationships with each other and their individualized holograms of family life back home. But it's not quite enough to generate the emotion desired when the crew members suffer accidents or put themselves in harm's way. What films like this do have (and is likely better enjoyed on a big screen) is the creative and often quite beautiful invention of other worlds, or our own world made other. The Midnight Sky has one other major facet to it, which is a prominent musical score by Alexandre Desplat that goes way beyond indicating moods and aims to inspire emotion all on its own.

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