September 4, 2016 at 7:13 pm #1201917633
An adaptation of Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life” which you can find in the internet for free. It’s getting great reviews from Venice and Telluride. Some reactions:
#Arrival is a game-changer; deeply profound, mesmerizing. Not going 2 be 4 all, but 4 those its 4, it will simply amaze. @awardscircuit
Well I just what will probably be my favorite film of the year. Arrival. Just incredible. No words. Many words. #TellurideFilmFestival
Arrival – Phenomenal. Uber intelligent, gorgeous, deeply moving movie for the times. Mind blowing in every way, a major milestone in sci-fi.
I remain fascinated by what Denis Villeneuve can do with scripts that would be nothing without him. King of atmosphere. #Telluride
Seriously it’s the most thought provoking alien sci-fi since Contact. And Denis Villenueve makes it utterly believable. I’m totally floored.
ARRIVAL: wow, still processing but I really enjoyed that ride. Felt like Kubrick + Malick + Nolan but still all Villeneuve! #Telluride
I loved Interstellar so very much looking forward to Arrival. Hope it will do well with Academy too!September 4, 2016 at 7:51 pm #1201917635
It seems like this could be a contender in some major categories, more like The Martian than Interstellar. My predictions:
Best Picture (Depends on competition)
Best Actress (Depends on competition)
Best Original Score
Best Visual Effects
Possibly nominations for editing, sound, and screenplay.November 10, 2016 at 10:32 am #1201948794
I want to talk about EVERYTHING related to this film, but nothing at the same time.
When you watch it – go in as blind as possible. It makes for incredible viewing.
The first five minutes are emotionally devastating. The next hour builds this almost-murky, insular world to build what is a gripping story. The final hour takes things up a level, and just knocks it out the park.
Amy Adams is stunning in the lead role. I’ve never seen her so internal in a performance; I got lost in her performance, everything is so natural and yet thoroughly considered. It is quite possibly the best I have ever seen her.
The score is beautiful as well. I walked out of the screening with the final piece of music playing in my head.
Elsewhere, the cinematography, editing and production are all first rate. This is an across the board contender. It feels like an amalgamation of Inception and Interstellar, while also being completely original.
I don’t know how he’s done it, but Villeneuve has taken on yet another genre and absolutely bossed it. I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing this again.November 12, 2016 at 10:10 am #1201949629
So I saw this and “Billy Lynn” this week and ironically the one I expected to hate I loved: Arrival. Literally blown away by how good this movie was. Best movie I’ve seen all year: A+November 12, 2016 at 10:24 am #1201949640
I admired this but didn’t love it. Kinda like how I perceived Carol it is visually beautiful and the direction is tight. Adams is very good in this. The story wasn’t really compelling as I hoped it was. I can see some people being turned off by this and especially by the ending because the overall pacing is slow and people expecting an action packed thriller from the trailers won’t be satisfied so go in this with a somewhat open mind. It’s very solid, a 7.5November 12, 2016 at 11:30 am #1201949651
I have 7 nominations right now (Picture, Actress, Score, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects). That seems a little high in my opinion, and I doubt it will actually get that many. Definitely deserves that many, though.November 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm #1201949682
I don’t think this will get a shit ton of nominations like Gravity did. The stories are completely different and Gravity, while I thought was overrated, had a sense of rush and adrenaline that excited you and had you on the edge of your seat and focused all on one character. Had a rooting factor and same with the maudlin Martian. Arrival is more cerebral and much more complex which I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned a lot of Academy members off. But then again they nominated The Tree of Life. Picture and tech Noms are very likely.November 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm #1201949683
Amy is locked.November 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm #1201949732
My mind has been well and truly blown by this film. Truly fantastic due to such a beautifully intelligent script. This is also the first time I have ever liked an Amy Adams performance. She is perfectly cast here and I doubt anyone else could have played her role in a way that would better compliment the film around her. Was she Oscar worthy? Probably not and I’d be even more surprised having seen it if Oscar goes for this performance but it’s so refreshing to see an Actress perform in such a subtle and nuanced manner. She may not have knocked Blunt from the top of the performances I have seen this year but I’d be surprised if she doesn’t make my personal end of year best actress nominees.November 12, 2016 at 3:39 pm #1201949772
One of these years, Amy Adams, you will (at last!) take home an Oscar.
Adams, who during her career has stolen scenes from the typically commanding likes of Leonardo DiCaprio (in Catch Me If You Can), Meryl Streep (Doubt) and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), plus delivered a number of terrific leading turns (Enchanted, in particular), is in exquisite form in the latest film from director Denis Villenueve, Arrival. It might well be her finest work to date, though I’ve yet to see her comparably acclaimed work in the upcoming Nocturnal Animals.
In the film, Adams portrays Louise Banks, a brilliant linguistics professor recruited by the U.S. military to lead its team of investigators in what has become a global race to successfully communicate with one of a dozen extraterrestrial spacecrafts that have touched down across Earth.
Banks, supported, among others, by a theoretical physicist (Jeremy Renner) and U.S. Army colonel (Forest Whitaker), comes face-to-face with the aliens – dubbed Heptapods – that have landed in the U.S. and works tirelessly to decode the creatures’ complicated language. What, Banks hopes to discover, is exactly their purpose for being here? All the while, much of the rest of the world sinks into turmoil and war over these visits and Banks is incessantly haunted – and yet, quite often, helped – by memories of her deceased daughter.
The opening half hour of Arrival comes close to capturing that same awe-inspiring feeling we all had during the finale of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, when Richard Dreyfuss’ character, following an arduous journey, finally witnessed, in breathtaking fashion, the arrival of extraterrestrial beings. This picture is also awfully convincing in portraying just what the chaotic global reaction would probably be to such an event.
With that said, after the movie magic that is the first encounter with the extraterrestrials, Arrival has few additional goods to deliver. It stagnates. The picture, as a whole, does not prove as compelling or exciting as Villeneuve’s exhilarating Sicario from last year and I found the constant back-and-forth with moments involving her late daughter both overly manipulative and a case of overediting.
Adams is spectacular throughout and ultimately keeps Arrival plenty afloat but, beyond her work, the first quarter of the movie and Bradford Young’s stunning cinematography, I don’t think the picture works nearly as incredibly as it should have. I suppose the most apt comparison to the film would be Robert Zemeckis’ Contact, which also sported one hell of a leading performance (from Jodie Foster) and some intriguing ideas but otherwise looked and felt curiously sterile.
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This is now my #2 best film of the year.November 18, 2016 at 10:55 pm #1201953130
Really powerful film. Amy Adams gives one of the strongest and most subtle performance of her career, and is totally worthy of a Best Actress nom. It’s doing well in the box office and is getting good reviews, so I’m really hoping it will get a BP nom.
Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.November 19, 2016 at 1:45 pm #1201953347
It’s my 2nd best film of the year too! Just behind Zootopia. Amy Adams was absolutely stunning in this…i think its her best performance to date. Cant imagine her missing nominationNovember 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm #1201953370
Denis Villeneuve!! Yes! (I’m biased here).
Never have I seen Amy Adams, whom I like to make fun of from time to time, better than she is here. Even Jeremy Renner, didn’t ‘bug’ me. Beautifully paced, and kudos to Bradford Young.
This is what I’d call, a “smart” science fiction, which I expected it to be. It didn’t disappoint me.
I’ll be sure to watch this again, soon.
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