It's true that I could have come into this with a more open mind... But, isn't it just as though Hollywood's formula for sci-fi (which I envision as sort of an insert-your-own-specifics, mad-libs type game) got into the hands of someone clever-ish for a change? And they just added compelling embellishments to the otherwise insipid same-old? 'Cause that's what I saw. But, it got me through some of a flight... A low 3.
3.5 While many filmmakers lose their flare and often decay when they divert from independent into such mainstream status; DV is becoming magnificent. A fantasic noir in Prisoners, and a strong crime/thriller/action in Sicario, and now a very atmospheric and intelligent sci-fi in this. Maybe the best director in mainstream cinema today!
This is now a sub-genre with a long tradition: "the arrival of aliens by means of large objects around the globe". This is a good addition to the genre. In comics we have Warren Ellis "Trees". The genre might be a metaphor to avoid the humanoid green man clichés and instead create tension. "They came, but is communication even possible?". And here, linguistics is a very good option to bridge the interspecies gap.
Disappointed. Not by the mise-en-scene but by the infantile screenplay. As for the majority of sci-fi stories, it sure may look good on paper and win a Hugo or Nebula award but it's nevertheless Disney on screen with the Eucharist in the end. Has Villeneuve already become a Hollywood yesman? Already forgotten.
Arrival is like Inception and Interstellar had a baby that is a million times superior to both of them. And it's all wrapped up in a good amount of butterfly effect. Villeneuve is breathtaking as a director. OUTSTANDING.
3,9. The build up has Denis Villeneuve all written over it. I love the fact that, since the first shot in the plain fields, we are scared by the presence of this egg shaped ship even tho we don't even know exactly what's it's purpose on the earth or who's watching from the other side of the wall.
A brilliant, thought-provoking film, that shines in every area - script, cinematography, direction. I don't know if it's Villeneuve's best (Sicario is also great), but it reaffirms him as one of the most interesting directors working today.