It's been a week, let's talk about spoiler filled aliens.
If there's one thing that I know I suck at, it's being timely. Timeliness has always been a struggle for me just because of how busy life can be sometimes. If I had a huge workload on my plate, I'll push off certain projects until I'm free, and then I'll continue on when I finally do have the time. Usually that's why I do Triple Features, but Arrival is a different case. It's a very serious sci-fi drama whose enjoyment will solely hinge upon whether or not you liked the major twist at the end of the movie. If you liked it, you'll think Arrival is great. If not, you'll think it's simply good, but you'll start to piece together logical problems with the movie. Just to make it perfectly clear, Arrival is one of those movies you need to see for yourself to form an opinion on it. I can't tell you if you'll like it, I can only tell you if I thought it was good or not. So with that in mind, this review WILL HAVE SPOILERS for the major twist and I'll be discussing my thoughts about it. I waited a whole week in order to properly dissect this movie, so I'm not going to hold back. With that said, THIS IS YOUR FINAL CHANCE FOR SPOILERS.
Still here...? Okay.
Our story revolves around Amy Adams as a linguist whose hired on to talk with aliens. Aliens have landed in 12 spaceships across the world, and she's been brought on to examine the one that landed in Montana. The problem with these aliens is that while they appear non-violent, no one can understand what they're saying or what they want, so negotiations don't go anywhere. Amy Adams needs to translate their language, make them understand our own language, and find out what they want on Earth.
This is completely the thinking man's space invasion movie. This would be Independence Day if it wasn't an action blockbuster, or Signs if it wasn't stupid. There's only one action scene in the entire movie, and it's a throwaway one at that. This movie's first and only function is to be a story about Amy Adams as she just so happens to encounter aliens.
It actually seems a bit odd that the aliens, in their monolithic spaceships, aren't even the main characters in a movie about them coming to Earth, but it does make sense. Focus on the human reaction to these aliens and what people will say now that they realize that they're not alone in the universe.
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