Movie Review: Arrival


Arrival (2016)

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction

Starring:Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

A linguist is recruited to find a means to communicate with an alien race attempting to make first contact.

What I Didn’t Like:

In a movie which has so many refreshing and barely charted territory. There were a few times when the film went in a very cliche manner. It was very engaging, but then you had this weak storyline within.

The movie is fascinating, but I thought the ending was a bit rushed. I would have liked it to  flow a bit longer. Allow certain aspect to settle.

There were no major issues with this film.

What I Did Like 

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner are both fantastic, but Adams transcended everyone in this role. She continues to prove to me that she is among the finest actors in the business today.  Forest Whitaker is always a win, he brings a more established and serious tone to this movie.  In a film filled with massive intellects, he is the more down to earth type.

The score in this movie was fantastic and otherworldly. I love when a film’s music enhances the experience. (For science fiction this year only Midnight Special and Arrival can claim that.)

This film does have great cinematography, it doesn’t rely much on special effects, but when they are needed, they work well.

This movie has a profound meaning to it. It can be difficult to fully grasp on a first view. I feel this is a movie one needs to watch at least twice to several times to fully grasp everything discussed and its meaning.  It is not your normal science fiction film, but it does pay tribute to all the finest attributes of the genre.

I think this film asks some powerful questions for us all about our place on Earth, our lives, and how we view just about everything.  I would say more, but it is difficult to go on without explaining spoilers and I won’t do that.

Conclusion: Arrival is among the best science fiction films ever made. It may fall short of Kubrick gold standard, but it is certainly among the most beautiful, well-acted, and thought provoking films I’ve seen in a long time.


The Ladder

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) I won’t lie, 2001 is not at all my favorite science fiction film, but the quality for its time and for decades after proved unmatched.

Alien (1979)

The Martian (2015)

Arrival (2016)

Midnight Special (2016)

Interstellar (2014)

Gravity  (2013)




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