I have really loved two of the three Denis Villeneuve English-language films, so I was going to see this film based on his name alone. When I heard of its glowing reviews, I became even more excited. While this isn't my favorite film of his, it is still great.
Part of the reason why I like Villeneuve so much is that he uses his films to pose ethical questions in an extremely artistic way. In that regard, this film delivers. But my favorite part of his films is his ability to take a script and tell its mind-bending mystery in an amazing, visual way. Until 3/4 of the way through the film, I was disappointed with this aspect. Then something happened in the film, and I loved it. I thought it was an amazing and mind-blowing ending. There is no way that I could have expected the ending. Still, the writing is not perfect. There are some inconsistencies in logic and some things that are ignored that would have made the film feel more satisfying. Still, I was very pleased with the writing overall.
In addition, the film has some amazing technical elements to it. The cinematography is absolutely amazing. The shots are interesting, complex, and metaphorical. I would be surprised if this isn't nominated for an Academy Award for that aspect. I also thought that the score was phenomenal, adding to the film's atmosphere. Of course, you can't forget about the acting of the film. Amy Adams is amazing in her performance. She has an amazing lead role and delivers her lines perfectly, really drawing me into the film. Everyone else is also great, but Adams steals the show.
So overall, I really liked "Arrival". It's not perfect, but it is really great. If you like mind-bending films, you definitely need to check this one out.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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