Just like last year, I will be reviewing all the Best Picture nominees of the Oscars, so catch on to your seats and prepare for non stop reviews for the next weeks. Since “Arrival” was the first movie that I watched from all the nominations, I decided to start with it.
First of, this movie is about twelve mysterious spacecrafts that appear around the world and linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the alien visitors.
I was completely blank on what to expect from this film, however being nominated for the Oscars it meant that something special had to be involved. I took some time processing it after watching, which is weird since this is an alien invasion flick, except it isn’t, it is much bigger than that.
As you may well or not know, this movie was directed by Denis Villeneuve, the same director that brought you “Prisoners”, “Sicario” and upcoming film “Blade Runner 2049”. If you watched any of these films ( if you didn’t I advise you to watch them ), you may noticed that his work has more deep meaning that it appears and in this sci – fi flick it is no different. Instead of a cliché alien invasion where it displays a fight between the humans vs the aliens, we have a realistic aspect of an invasion of aliens in which the humans try to comunicate with the unidentified creatures in order to discover their purpose on Earth.
The best part of the whole experience is the beautiful cinematography, I mean shot after shot you get blown away by its arcs. Nonetheless, we can’t forget the very good performances by Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker but, specially, Amy Adams that made the performance of her career. I call bulsh*t her not being nominated for an Oscar !
Also, the soundtrack was breathtaking, seriously Max Ritcher’s music “On The Nature Of Daylight” is for me, the formula for an emotional and intense scene and in this film it worked very well once again regarding the objetive that they had with the display of the tune.
The only issue that I had, was the pace, mostly seen on the first hour, though what surprised me is that in the final part of the movie it makes you rethink everything that you just saw up until that point. In addition, Ian’s character fell a little out of place ( sorry if this statement was a little out of place but you know so was he ). The twist was very interesting and it made the narrative much more evolving and exciting. Although, what I liked the most was the realism present in every moment, for example, in the actions that mankind has towards the aliens ( at least the characters ), in the presentation of the creatures that are not like the cliched human shape that it generally associated to, even in the language that looks very original and in all the narrative really.
Concluding, we have a sci – fi alien invasion movie with a much deeper story inside of it with fantastic performances, unique characters, realistic narrative, original plot, stunning visuals and intense moments. Having a few problems, the pace is somewaht slow and sometimes some events were kind of boring and dragged on, not to mention the poor use of Jeremy Renner’s character. Nevertheless, it is a movie that you should watch and enjoy its story.
What are your thoughts toward this movie ?
Nominated for : Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Directing ( Denis Villeneuve ), Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Writing ( Adapted Screenplay ).
I rate : 7,8 / 10