Kommunikation als wichtigstes Instrument der Welt. Gerade in der Zeit des Internets ist es möglich mit jedem Menschen auf der Welt zu kommunizieren, da ist es verständlich, dass es auch Missverständnisse gibt. Dass diese aufgrund von Übersetzern gelöst werden können ist offensichtlich. Aber wie geht man mit Lebewesen um, die eine komplett unerforschte Sprache sprechen? Dieses Thema setzt Arrival brillant um. Er konzentriert sich komplett auf die ersten Interaktionen zwischen der Menschheit und den Aliens, ohne dabei in eine CGI-Schlacht auszuarten, Dabei ist er keineswegs langweilig. Es steh immer eine Spannung im Raum und man möchte die ganze Zeit wissen, warum die Aliens auf der Erde sind und was sie den Menschen mitteilen wollen. Amy Adams kauf man die Rolle der Linguistin und Jeremy Renner die Rolle des Physikers auf jeden Fall ab.Der Film bietet großartige Bilder und einen überwältigenden Sound. Auch die Musik ist sehr schön. An dem Film gibt es eigentlich nur auszusetzen, dass er anfangs ein wenig zu langsam beginnt (dabei aber auch nicht langweilig ist). Ein Film den man auf jedenfalls gesehen haben muss! 9/10
I hereby officially announce the beginning of the Oscar race, let the fight begin! It took a while this year! Gosh, as soon as this movie arrives it begs to be praised and saying what makes it good is as easy as understanding quantum physics. First of all, you have to understand that, more than anything, this is a character study. No, it's not a movie about aliens, an invasion, or even a conflict between beings from outer space and humans. It's primarily about a character and her inner conflict and psyche. We're start to finish with Louise to learn of what she makes of what's happening around her and how that is changing her. This is done beautifully in Sicario and in that sense it seems pretty similar the way we follow Kate (from Sicario) and Louise, making sure that we're constantly enthralled in order to understand them. This is done by shifting a little bit of the attention from what surrounds Louise to her expression and by having a performance to match it. No surprise there, but Amy Adams just blows it out of the park giving a subtle and realistic performance that is absolutely translucent to the character's inner state. Many haven't noticed, but Amy is the new Leo, having 5 nominations and no win but this season, whether with this one or Nocturnal Animals, I believe she has a good shot of getting that gold! Furthermore, this film not only has a fantastically substantiated script and plot, but also has the technical side to support it: the cinematography is rich and very identifiable, the sound design is well thought out and the aliens and ship's design is marvellous. The music is also close to perfection as Jóhannsson accentuates and gives even more meaning to important moments, and keeps quiet when he should. I also like that this movie takes such a fresh approach to the genre, as it manages to make a film about a translator actually damn gripping! I'm a fan of this trend of intellectual astute sci-fi movies that is being developed recently. And like Interstellar, this one comes with an even better grounded and believable twist. The end gives meaning to the film, making it more than just about some aliens, but about communication, loss and the way we conceive time. Never this year have I felt the need to see a film exactly after I saw it and Arrival is, undoubtedly, the best movie I saw this post-Oscar year. Please, if there's a movie to spend money on right now, this is it!
This is not an action film, instead its graceful construction generates thrills for the mind. The motion is all internal, and that's what makes it special.
The best alien movies have nothing to do with the visitors, except for the mirror they hold up to us. Arrival excels in that blinding reflection.
No silly alien battles or cliched scares, just a masterfully crafted script and deft directing. Along with top-notch performances, led by the ever reliable Amy Adams, it's a modern classic for the emotionally literate class.
The less of the plot you know going in, the better. I won't risk any spoilers. Suffice it to say it's a movie for thinkers, for lovers, and for those that truly understand what's important in life.
There are so many layers to this story I will need to watch it at least once more. This is not mindless drivel. This is not merely entertainment. This is a thought experiment. And it's glorious.