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Arrival Movie Review (2016)

“Aliens are coming!”

Now where have I heard this before?

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Going by the history of cinema, whenever something that isn’t human lands on our planet, shit starts to go down! As it is, the world has enough problems of its own, now it has to deal with these other ‘extra-terrestrials’ too.

I think we need to build a wall too. Like an intergalactic space wall. A wall to trump all walls.

So yes, Aliens ‘Arrive’ in Arrival. But you may ask…

Are they searching for the ‘tessaract’ – again?
Are they here to destroy the planet – as usual?
Or are they here to transform our vehicles into awesome robots?

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Baked beans, anyone?

The movie starts off with giant (baked beans looking) space pods that arrive all across the world and station themselves, a bit above ground as a big finger to gravity. World goes ballistic and panic ensues. The Governments don’t know shit about Aliens and everyone is in a hostile mood towards these space pods asking each other the same question…

…Why are they here?

Enter Robert Langdon, Louise Banks (Amy Adams) who is a linguistic expert, and vows to understand what the Aliens are trying to communicate.

But first, she should get to the point.

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Well, turns out Aliens don’t speak English at all. Duh! Not only that, they communicate in some sign language which looks like some complex stuff…considering they have extra limbs and un-worldly fingers.

But not all hope is lost. Louise is determined to decode their language so she can understand the purpose of their visit.

From the very beginning, Arrival sets its pace right. It’s a slow burner feeding on the thoughts of the viewer and consuming them until the time they’ve figured that this movie really isn’t about the extra-terrestrials at all. It is as much about the Aliens, as much as Cast Away was about the Beach.

Arrival is about us. Humans!

It relies on the idea that communication and feelings are two ends altogether. Just how Louise Bank, even with her depressing past manages to somehow in some sense, ‘save the world’. And though language barriers divide the world, what we feel and what we express is the same.

And probably that’s why the world we live in today, is chaotic yet beautiful.

Sometimes I wonder what would have happened, if all the other alien invasion movies really understood that communication is probably the first step? Maybe the poor Aliens in all of them were just, well…misunderstood.

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Director, Dennis Villenevueueueueue or whatever his name is, is proving to be a visionary director by upping his game with every single movie and with Arrival he’s just nailed the coffin (though sometimes I wish that coffin was Movie Monk Sarco’s so he shut his sarcastic gob once and for all).

Soundtrack is gonna give you the chills and it just fits in right with the slow pace of the film.

But the true star of the film is Amy Adams. She gives her career’s best performance with Arrival and boy is she  great! She echoes the inner struggle of her character with so much finesse that it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Jeremy Runner, who happens to be a scientist in the one also adds great chemistry with Adams and scenes with both of them together are really good.

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In a nutshell, Arrival is sci-fi film that relies heavily on our understanding of our own flaws and though it’s unsettling as a concept, it is a bold and daring film that will leave you gasping and definitely introspecting a lot more than you do.

So stop asking “why they are here” and watch the goddamn movie already!

It’s already arrived, long ago. And you’re freaking late to watch it!

LOLkein, Over & Out

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