The Vast of Night ★★★½

Familiar but odd

Which I’m sure is exactly what was meant. The immediately immersive world draws you in to seeing what the life of these 50s teenagers is like. However there is the clear sense that these are movie teenagers. No one actually talks like this, but it makes for fun viewing nonetheless. What stands out most though are the directing choices. The long unbroken takes, the swirling tracking shots, just enough to feel bold without truly taking you out of the film. The actors do admirably with what they have, and the story is simple and engaging, yet ultimately unsurprising and not completely satisfying.

There is lots to like, but not much new.