This review was written by Jeremy for NowShowingNZ
IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
PG-13 | 1h 29min |Genre Fantasy, Mystery | Release Date 15 May2020 (USA)
Metacritic: 85 – Universal acclaim based on 29 Critic Reviews
7.4 – Generally favourable reviews based on 22 Audience Ratings
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92 % Fresh – Tomatometer
Director: Andrew Patterson
Writers: James Montague, Craig W. Sanger
Stars: Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Gail Cronauer
IMDb Synopsis: In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, young switchboard operator Fay and charismatic radio DJ Everett discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.
There have been a few movies recently where I felt bored, to begin with. Maybe it’s my brief attention span. This is definitely one of those movies. But like many movies I’ve watched recently, sometimes the movie takes a while to get you interested.
The movie is set in the 1950s and Fay and Everett, the principal characters, meet at a basketball game. Fay, a Telephone Operator and Everett, who is a Radio show host weave this story into one of the best narratives I have seen in a long time.
I love movies where you’re left to your imagination. Once the movie progresses, the narrative reminds me of one of those old radio sci-fi shows. A little like the original Twilight Zone.
The conversation between Everett and Billy on the radio was amazing. Sierra McCormick as Fay was a great fit. She plays a quiet 16-year-old girl, while Jake Horowitz as Everett plays a much more confident character. They seem almost opposites in personality, but they complement each other at the same time, which makes for a great on-screen dynamic.
I thought choosing the 50s was an excellent decade for this movie to be set in. The 40s was a crazy time in American history with the start of the Cold War, which was keeping Americans on their toes. And the Roswell UFO incident was probably in full effect. I always felt that the 50s was a boring era. But the Vast of Night puts something special back into that era.
There are some fantastic sweeping shots of the town. Which gives you a feeling of uncertainty. The atmosphere is so crucial for a movie like this, and I felt that the writer and director captured this well.