This is some real shit of a movie. I had a hunch after the first vignette of losing her daughter. She was now a "victim" on a crusade: enter the tireless propaganda of anti China & Russia. Watch her lie about her true skills to keep her job. The movie totally devolves from alien invasion to vindication for some half-assed linguist who needs to promote some globalist message. This is how SJW people are formed.
Soft and dark. A deceptive, emotional, and thoughtful narration. A very interesting way to know a character. Amy Adams achieves nonlinear gravitas. Simpler and gentler than the rest of his oeuvre, Denis Villeneuve continues a tradition of trustworthy direction. "I forgot how good it felt to be held by you" after hugging for the first time.
La forma non travolge più la sostanza e l'autorialità non viene più sacrificata sull'altare dell'estetica. Così Villeneuve si permette addirittura di eccedere all'opposto, tanto da risultare quasi didascalico: alcuni passaggi sono davvero troppo forzati e non si cammina proprio sulla linea del non detto (anzi), ma il suo resta gran cinema, solido e dalle idee ben chiare.
Watching this film was like taking a deep breath of fresh air. Independence Day 2 came out earlier in 2016 and if that wonder of filmmaking wasn't your cup of tea, I have good news for you: Arrival is the complete antithesis to it. Very beautiful and smart sci-fi film.
Enjoyed the film a lot. Villeneuve is shaping up to be one of the great modern filmmakers, with this, Prisoners, and Sicario (I have yet to see Blade Runner). Adams and Renner work well off each other, and the whole film has a Day The Earth Stood Still "hey we are good guys, don't kill us" vibe throughout. The visuals are very striking, and though the script is corny now and then, the end product is a winner. 4 stars