Arrival is directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker and tells the story of master linguist Dr Louise Adams who is called in by the US military to translate alien communications after twelve spaceships land in certain key pin points throughout the globe.
Don't be mislead by the appalling Sci-Fi films we have had this year (i'm looking at you Independence Day Resurgence), Arrival is an absolute blast and arguably the best film this year. One can not begin to describe how much of an impact this film had on me after I saw it. Rarely do I walk out of the cinema with nothing do say but Arrival quite literally blew me away. So many aspects to this film makes your realise that it's a proper film! Not just some throw away action Sci-Fi that is enjoyable on many occasions but an absolute revelation that has strong opportunities to be oscar wining. The cinematography was beautifully shown in almost every scene from stunning close ups of Adams to breath taking landscape shots this film certainly doesn't shy away from making every single shot a masterpiece. What's incredible about the film is it's ability to fully develop one character so much that it adds to most of the film. Amy Adams was indescribably stunning as this broken, incredibly gifted woman who's heart breaking performance had such an impact on the entire movie. Adams's character was executed flawlessly and she certainly deserves her first oscar for this role, as we were once again shown what a diverse actress she is. It is honestly impossible to imagine someone else take her place as Adams practically makes the film what it is. Renner too performed wonderfully and added a sense of comfort for Adams character, this is probably his best role since American Hustle.
The biggest problem with most films this year was their appalling plot lines and atrocious writing, It's safe to say Arrival has the best concept this year. Through trailers we are told to believe this is an alien film, the aliens are not actually the villain, granted the idea of their anonymity poses a threat throughout the film. What the film actually teaches us is that we are just as much of a threat to ourselves then unknown extra terrestrial. From the opening scene to an amazing end at the films climax we are all thrown a complete bomb shell in a fabulous plot twist that ties every thing together phenomenally. Villeneuve took inspiration from his other works like the critically acclaimed Sicario and condensed ideas from it into an even better developed work.
In the end Arrival demonstrated how oscar worthy films can be just as enjoyable as huge blockbuster action flicks. With breath taking cinematography, incredible acting and an amazing plot that doesn't over complicate nor alienate from the point, no pun intended.
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