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Re: Arrival

#11 Post by prettyxcool » Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:09 pm

Loved it. It is not about an invasion and it's aftermath, but at last a smart and intelligent sci fi thriller about trying to communicate with aliens, that is thought provoking, compassionate and is beautiful, as well as provide a sense of wonder.

This is all down to Amy Adams. She is just right for this role, a very strong female lead. Quiet and slow paced, but emotive and compassionate, and fascinating. It is mesmerising and the final act is genius, and ties all the parts together. You come away not focusing on the aliens, but the human element.

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Re: Arrival

#12 Post by raj101 » Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:52 pm

a subtle slow burner, deliberately greyed down in tone, colour and sound, and with some interesting concepts on communication. The future/past as one thing was an ambitious idea to tackle, something difficult to put across in a 2 hour movie (its been done on tv, LOST) and was the least fulfilled element of the plot. But it just about works. At 2 hours you'd think it would be a yawn at times. but it wasnt.

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Re: Arrival

#13 Post by valda » Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:37 pm

raj101 wrote:a subtle slow burner, deliberately greyed down in tone, colour and sound, and with some interesting concepts on communication. The future/past as one thing was an ambitious idea to tackle, something difficult to put across in a 2 hour movie (its been done on tv, LOST) and was the least fulfilled element of the plot. But it just about works. At 2 hours you'd think it would be a yawn at times. but it wasnt.

4 stars.
Ah so it wasn't my imagination it was quite dark o/
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Re: Arrival

#14 Post by raj101 » Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:41 pm

valda wrote:
raj101 wrote:a subtle slow burner, deliberately greyed down in tone, colour and sound, and with some interesting concepts on communication. The future/past as one thing was an ambitious idea to tackle, something difficult to put across in a 2 hour movie (its been done on tv, LOST) and was the least fulfilled element of the plot. But it just about works. At 2 hours you'd think it would be a yawn at times. but it wasnt.

4 stars.
Ah so it wasn't my imagination it was quite dark o/
glad you got that sorted at last!

the other thing I felt uncomfortable with was the Chinese being the aggressors, and in a US movie to boot. How insultingly wrong. First thing the US government would have asked the aliens would be "Saay, you boys got any gasoline? yeh? lets invade your az yehah!"
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Re: Arrival

#15 Post by stuartboy » Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:57 pm

The world gets invaded by giant Terry's Chocolate Orange segments....
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Re: Arrival

#16 Post by alythonian » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:55 pm

I watched this as part of a series of films on language and interpretation by Edinburgh University at the Filmhouse last night so it was followed by a chat with three language professors.
Really enjoyed the film, it was interesting and well done. It he,d my attention throughout. Something interesting was said at the QA afterwards was that it would have been better if the stereotyped roles of the make scientist and the female linguist had been reversed. Interesting point and I agree.
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Re: Arrival

#17 Post by RobertS » Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:01 am

By far my favourite film of 2016. Denis Villeneuve manages again to give us a smart and intriguing movie. I loved the tempo of it and the approach taken for the interaction between the humans and the aliens. The nonlinear timeline was managed superbly as well. 9/10.
For those that haven't yet, I recommend watching the rest of Villeneuve's movies, especially Incendies.

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Re: Arrival

#18 Post by Nazerino » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:07 pm

Though it had a promising start I did fee rather lost and bemused by the ending.

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Re: Arrival

#19 Post by fraz » Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:28 pm

Watched this on prime yesterday. Similar to many previous comments, I really enjoyed the pace and restraint. The let down was the ending. I just think they almost didn't know how to close this film so went down a line which wasn't as satisfying as what had went before. 7/10
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What was the actual point of the aliens coming other than to give Amy Adams a 'gift'?. Do we think this would really be a catalyst for the World to start working together..? Would she really play things out the same knowing what would happen to the child, including not telling Jeremy Renner until so far down the line he leaves her?
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