Arrival (2016)

By Livia Peterson

You may speculate cinema is dead due to the oversaturation of underwhelming films. Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” will literally rejuvenate the audience. I was floored following the screening. I could not believe the film I just witnessed -- and it is my personal favorite film of 2016, surpasses Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special” (2016) by a huge margin.

Based on the short narrative “The Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) recruit expert linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and theoretical scientist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) to translate and interpret the alien communications.
 
“Arrival” is the standard alien invasion narrative on the surface; however, mind boggling spectacular if disregarding the traditionalism. Villeneuve stunned us with “Prisoners” (2013) back in the day and reminds us why he is one of the best directors working in Hollywood today here. “Sicario” (2015) is modest misstep in my observance and yet, I wholeheartedly forgive him.

The outlandish aliens are something you do not usually witness during the average science fiction movies. The aliens resemble heptapods and own their unique language. There are many “human” interpretations to the heptapods.
 
“Arrival” provides the psychologically and physiologically intense narrative – difficult to explain due to the film may deliver the inner body experience. It is akin to meditation and enlightens you in the process. I slightly sobbed during the conclusion. In simple terms, “Arrival” delivers the profound cinematic experience and reaches beyond the art of motion pictures. (I swear a new word should be invented for this film genre.)
 
The relevance, tangibility, complexity, and overarching essence are exquisite. “Arrival” is able to mean anything to anyone. Donald Trump may be the 45th President of the United States; however, the world is not ending today. “Arrival” demonstrates the beauty of cinema to the comprehensive degree. Most films vaguely achieve what “Arrival” accomplishes. Sure, it is damn unfathomable. Witness “Arrival” and you may thank me later. A
 
For Your Consideration:
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Amy Adams), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jeremy Renner), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, and Best Cinematography

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