I think Arrival is the best science fiction movie in years. Personally, I would have to go back to Edge of Tomorrow to find one almost as good. Not that these two movies are remotely alike. Arrival is more related to Contact — with Jodi Foster.
The pacing and twists of the movie strongly resembles a good M. Night Shylamalan movie. It builds slowly, and many times the characters, especially Amy Adams, whisper their lines. It’s a very subdued performance.
There is little or no excitement in the movie. It’s almost entirely cerebral.
This is one of those rare movies that must be seen twice to appreciate. It’s almost more enjoyable the second time through when you understand exactly what’s going on.
About The Peetimes: This movie relies heavily on subtle visual cues. There are no unimportant scenes, but I managed to find a few peetimes that are decent.
There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Arrival. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)
Rated (PG-13) for brief strong language
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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