At Midnight is a romantic comedy that brings absolutely nothing new to the table while delivering a plethora of formulaic romantic comedy tropes.
At Midnight is most definitely a romantic comedy. This is a hard genre to break in to because all too often films follow a very strict and formulaic pattern, leaving no intensity or suspense about what the outcome will be. And well, that is exactly what At Midnight does, too. Right from the very first moment there is no guessing how the story will end, but is the movie still worth watching?
About At Midnight: At Midnight centers around Alejandro (Diego Boneta), an ambitious hotel manager, and Sophie (Monica Barbaro), a movie star navigating the politics of Hollywood. He’s focused on opening his own boutique hotel. She’s trying to focus on shooting her new superhero film, “Super Society 3,” in hopes of getting her own spinoff, but catches her co-star (and boyfriend!) Adam (Anders Holm) cheating. Fate strikes when the shoot brings them all to Alejandro’s hotel in Mexico. Despite their radically different lives, Alejandro and Sophie begin to secretly meet At Midnight.
What Works With At Midnight
Probably the best part about this movie, for me personally, was the comic book movie references. As someone who is a big fan of that genre, it was interesting to see At Midnight try to tackle the best, and worst, of it. Some of the jokes about it are cringey — in fact, most are. I couldn’t decide whether to roll my eyes or laugh when Martin Scorsese’s opinions and comments were brought up.
Still, it was a blast to see a superhero movie being shot, and hear the ins and outs of stunt work and costumes. Unfortunately, that is not only the best part of the movie, but the only good thing at all.
What Doesn’t Work With At Midnight
At Midnight follows the classic romantic comedy layout to a T. Girl gets her heart broken, girl meets new boy, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl have a silly fight, after some time apart boy and girl get back together. There is no surprise in this movie whatsoever. No guessing how things will end, and no concern whatsoever for this couple.
Which brings me to another point. Diego Boneta and Monica Barbaro are decent enough on their own, however they have no on screen chemistry whatsoever. It was nearly impossible to believe them as a couple. Thankfully Anders Holm breaks things up a little bit with his humor, even if it is far more miss than hit.
At Midnight is predictable and drawn out. It has its charming and funny moments, but they are few and far between. The cast is good enough, but they never really work well together. For those who love a romantic comedy they can turn their brain off and enjoy, this one might work for you. However, don’t expect anything to surprise you.
Rating: 1 out of 5
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About At Midnight
A charming romantic comedy, AT MIDNIGHT centers around Alejandro (Diego Boneta, “Father of the Bride”), an ambitious hotel manager, and Sophie (Monica Barbaro, TOP GUN: MAVERICK), a movie star navigating the politics of Hollywood. He’s focused on opening his own boutique hotel.
She’s trying to focus on shooting her new superhero film, “Super Society 3,” in hopes of getting her own spinoff, but catches her co-star (and boyfriend!) Adam (Anders Holm, “Workaholics”) cheating. Fate strikes when the shoot brings them all to Alejandro’s hotel in Mexico. Despite their radically different lives, Alejandro and Sophie begin to secretly meet At Midnight …
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Critics Choice Association, Hollywood Critics Association, and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.