Sometimes a movie comes out and the timing on it is so perfect, you feel like they planned it. Arrival is one of those movies. The subject matter and what just occurred in the American election are so perfectly intertwined it feels like the Aliens in the movie must of had something to do with the release date.
I loved Prisoners and Sicario, so you take the director from those movies and add Amy Adams and it is probably a guarantee I am going to like the movie, but I didn’t just like Arrival. I loved Arrival. I will say that if you are looking for Alien fights or some huge explosive movie this is not for you. It is slow, measured and perfect. It tells a wonderfully perfect story from almost a first person view the whole time and it is perfectly done.
Not only is this just a great movie to watch it also deals with fear. The fear of the unknown, the fear of the unknown killer that you can see but don’t know what they are going to do, and it feels so on point with what has just happened with the vote. Fear, mistrust, assumptions, escalation, the movie ratchets up the tension and you feel it, you want to scream out to calm down, everyone chill, take a step back and look at the data, look at the facts. Arrival is a movie you need to watch this weekend. An escape, a look inward, and just a damn great movie. Go as soon as you can.