2016: #10 Arrival

11-13-2016Arrival
Directed by
: Denis Villeneuve
Written by: Eric Heisserer
Based On: The short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Tzi Ma
Distributor: Paramount
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 116 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 11/11/2016
Date seen: 11/13/2016
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $191.5 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 8 (Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 2 (Sound and Adapted Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 0

When I wrote my original review for Arrival I was positive on it but I also think I undersold it a little.  Part of that might be that it came out the weekend after the election and I was in no mood to enjoy much of anything after those results and another part of it was simply that the movie threw out a lot of ideas and I wasn’t quite sure if all of them would hold up to scrutiny.  Well, it’s been three months or so and for the most part I think the movie holds up.  Denis Villeneuve, a director who has up to this point had difficulty finding material worthy of his talents, brings a rather refreshing restraint to the film and does a very good job of not trying to overwhelm the audience with his skills despite the fact that he’s working with a very twisty science fiction screenplay.  In fact the movie is remarkable in how adult its approach to science fiction is given that this is a Hollywood movie, and its interest in looking at the challenges of communicating across cultures and finding peaceful resolutions to conflicts are poignant in these times when everyone seems to be at everyone else’s throat and trust seems to be at an all time low.

Year End Honors #9