Discussion in 'Movies' started by Shane, Aug 21, 2016.
I like this director and his work. I'm excited for this one
My wife and I are going to see this tonight. I'll let you all know what I think. Good word from the one coworker who has seen it.
Hoping the word is good. The commercials look very interesting.
Well, I lied. We went and saw The Girl on the Train, which I posted about here. We had a timing issue as the reason we were going to the movies is the kids had been dropped off at "kids night" at a pottery craft place. Arrival wasn't showing at the right time.
Arrival is methodical, cerebral Sci Fi, with a great melancholy, internalized performance from Amy Adams. At times its pacing is reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's one of those movies where once you know what's going on, you'll probably want to see it one more time.
Excellent! Cerebral to be sure but it held me for the entire film. Not an easy thing. Amy Adams was superb. And though I typically wait for the crowds to die down, even though it's been out for about 6 weeks, the rather smallish hall was about 30% full. Highly recommended.
And speaking of crowds, Rouge One is on three screens there, and the halls looked like a grade school had dumped their entire class there waiting for another showing. I'll be waiting a while on that one.
Still want to see this one badly.
Blue-Ray arrived yesterday, and I saw this last night, and really enjoyed it. Definitely need to see it again.
I wish I could get my two hours back. Squid aliens that we never really see that squirt ink to communicate and they do this to tell us they will need our help in 3000 years? What? If they can see that far into the future why not just change the path your heading down? Got plenty of time to fix things...
Ron, you're assuming the future can be altered...
They never stated otherwise so yes, it's a valid assumption. The whole story for this film is horrible with way too many unanswered questions as well. I really wanted to like this film but it was such a let down. Started off with great potential and it's as if the writers got an hour in and said, we're done.
No calamari fritti with hot sauce on their planet I imagine!
One could argue that Earth is already in a similar state yet we aren't really doing anything to change.
I liked it a lot.
springboarding from CJ film school analysis
Very true, and we do have the potential to change things but we won't. Human race is too self-centered.
Funny, watched "Lucy" last night, and similar themes are discussed...
And by the way, saying that Arrival is "about" the aliens misses the point of the movie entirely. The aliens were just the dramatic device. This was a movie about language, communication, perception of time, and how our minds frame reality. I thought it was pretty brilliant.
If the past and future are just points on a map, that we can visit as we choose, they are pretty fixed and can't really be changed, they just happen as they always do ;)
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