Midnight Special transcends any easy descriptor. It’s a film that should be seen before discussed, so please go out and see it if you haven’t already.
The first thing one might notice about Midnight Special is its distinct early eighties aesthetic. David Wingo’s soundtrack drips of John Carpenter. The costumes consist of denim, corduroy, cowboy boots and rawhide. The characters choose pay phones over cellphones. The eighties feel is so immersive that I felt jarred from the film when one of the characters unlocks and enters a Prius.