A stunning piece of film-making from Director Dennis Villeneuve – one of the films of the year is also one of the great Science Fiction movies of all time.
Arrival may utilise traditional science fiction- and indeed blockbuster – tropes very successfully,but as a film it moves far beyond these initial more limited expectations to become something far more profound and moving.
There is a moment in this film that ‘you get it’ after an admittedly slow build up. It’s a wonderful feeling that overwhelmed me right through to the film’s conclusion.
There are big ideas in this film – this is intelligent stuff for smart folks – but it’s also a very emotional journey. Anchored by a great central performance by Amy Adams, a literate script by Eric Heisserer and brilliant direction from Villeneuve, it really doesn’t get better than this.