Arrival Non-Spoilers Movie Review

 

Arrival communicates to audiences the conflicting aesthetic between singular moments versus the journey in the form of science fiction.  Denis Villeneuve crafts an emotional think-piece through the language of moving pictures.

Synopsis:  “Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.”

REVIEW EXCERPTS FROM OTHER CRITICS:

A tremulous, inviting Amy Adams turns softness and quiet into heroic qualities, keeping her voice low and modulated and using stillness to pull you close. Full review

Manohla Dargis
This deeply thoughtful, profoundly compassionate sci-fi movie beautifully mixes realism with a sense of wonder. Full review

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
This is precisely the kind of science-fiction movie, at once epic and intimate, that Interstellar tried (and failed) to be. Full review

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
Much of Arrival — the part that sticks closest to its source, egghead sci-fi cult figure Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life” — is an eerie, tantalizing, altogether superb puzzler. Full review

David Edelstein
Vulture

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