Monday, November 6, 2017

1042. Arrival

Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Once again, I apologize for the delays in posts.  I have had a lot of writing to do lately and by the end of the day I am too drained to produce any more words.  Consequently, I have been spending a lot of nights mutely staring at walls.  Anyway, I'm not usually big on alien movies, but this was fantastic.

12 spaceships arrive in various locations on Earth and naturally, everyone is waiting for an excuse to blow them up.  The US army asks for the help of Linguistics professor Louise Banks to try to communicate with the aliens.  They also enlist the help of physicist Ian Donnelly (I guess they thought if they put glasses on Jeremy Renner, we could believe he was a physicist and not a model/actor).

I love Amy Adams.  She has this quality where she can plausibly play completely naive characters or characters that are wise beyond their years.  This role was made for her.  The visuals of this movie are also completely stunning.  I can't remember the last time I saw a sci-fi movie that had this gritty, realistic look.  Most sci-fi movies are so CGI polished.

I absolutely adore the story as well.  I was just having breakfast with my siblings and my older brother, prince that he is, decided to spoil to the movie for my sister, who hasn't seen it yet.  There is no justice in this world.  Please, don't let yourself be Michael-ed.  Protect yourself and your loved ones by watching this before someone ruins it for you.

RATING: *****

Interesting Facts:

Amy Adams agreed to the role 24 hours after receiving the script.

The alien language was created by Montreal artist Martine Bertrand.


  1. That is exactly the thing with Amy Adams. She is entirely convincing.
    Villeneuve is my favorite, current director and here he delivers.

  2. I will not let myself be Michael-ed.I will watch this soon!

  3. TSorensen, have you seen the new Blade Runner? And I'm glad Diana!

    1. No, I got busy in the autumn and when we finally had time, my wife wanted to see Bad Mums instead... I am still annoyed.