Movie Review: Arrival

Linguistics professor Louise Banks attempting to communicate with alien visitors.

Science fiction movie fans have a pair of films to choose from this week. While I'm hoping to watch Doctor Strange in IMAX 3D in a couple days, I Have seen Arrival, and I'd like to share my thoughts on it with you.

Arrival's trailers are engaging, and the internet is blazing with positive feedback for this film. Although I can only offer you one man's take on this movie, there's a chance it will help at least some of you have a better understanding of what to expect from this film, either before seeing it or when debating whether or not to see it.

As a sci fi omnivore with a voracious appetite, I was let down by this film, and I'm going to elaborite a bit on why.

Although deep and intellectually stimulating, the Arrival movie is 99% fiction and 1% science fiction. In other words, almost every single element of this film, with the exception of the two, squid-like aliens and the gigantic, metal almond they travel in, are based in our reality. This particular "hyper-realism" sub-sect of science fiction just isn't my schtick. This film made The Martian and Interstellar look like hard science fiction...

It is nice, however, to take a break from pew-pew and caped crusaders every once in a while. I will say that. But Arrival left me with a case of sci fi blue-balls that I'm hoping Dr. Strange can fix.

If you haven't seen the recently released trailers for Valerian and Ghost In The Shell, I Highly suggest you check those out a.s.a.p. I'm not saying a movie has to be visually stunning cyberpunk for me to like it, but those are definitely more appealing to me than watching two hours of Amy Adams trying to learn a new language.


Image: Paramount Pictures

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