Sunday, January 7, 2018
Sci-Fi Re-Watch: Arrival (2016)
Goddamn. This movie.
Released in 2016, I had seen the movie in the theater, but hadn't watched it since. At the time, I think we all agreed - just because of the narrative trick of the movie- it demanded a second viewing. Look, I hate to call it a trick, but it's not the wearying stunt movie making of M. Night Shyamalan, it's a sort of gradual realization that it's okay if you caught what was happening before they drive the point home. And, I am happy to say, on a second viewing, you lose nothing in the storytelling by knowing what's coming. In fact, the gut punch of the movie's reveal, looped back to the story's beginning, does nothing to lessen the impact.
If you only saw the movie the one time, I'd encourage you to give it another shot for what is, arguably, a very different but no less powerful film. Able to get past the "what will happen? What is happening? How will this shake out?" - once you can focus on how the film works, the stunning photography and sound (including a phenomenal score), it's well worth the time.