Arrival blew me a way. It is the type of movie that sticks with you, and the more that you think about it, the better it is. That is the definition of great storytelling. Arrival is my favorite movie of 2016 by a long shot and I believe that it should have won have best picture at the Academy Awards.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve and based off of the screenplay by Eric Heisserer, Arrival fallows the story of Louise Banks, played by Amy Adams, and Ian Donnelly, played by Jeremy Renner, who are tasked with communicating with aliens when mysterious spacecrafts start appearing across the world.
It is riveting, thrilling and best of all thought-provoking. But, why should it have won best picture? I will tell you.
Good movies can have bad scripts and bad movies can have good scripts, but when you have a mixture of both, that is when you truly have a great film. The script is beautiful and elegant and it keeps you on the edge of your seat for the better part of the film. It is thought provoking in all the right ways and tells a beautiful and meaningful story about communication and love.
Denis Villeneuve is one the best directors working in Hollywood today. His films have all been critically acclaimed and personally I do not feel like he has had a misstep yet. That being said, Arrival is by far his best work. Long takes. Beautiful composition. This film is like a master class in cinematography. No shot looks like it was done haphazardly and every frame tells a story.
Subtlety is the name of the game with this movie. It is a travesty that Amy Adams was not nominated for her haunting and beautiful performance as Louise Banks. She was absolutely brilliant and captivating. The same can be said for Jeremy Renner. He was great in the film and really served as an amazing complimentary piece to Adams.
You WILL be thinking about this film for the days after watching it. This movie stuck with me for about two weeks after I saw it and I could not stop thinking about it. This could have been a bad thing but the more I thought about the movie, the more I enjoyed it and appreciated it.
In conclusion, Arrival was my favorite movie of 2016 and the movie that I believe should have won the Oscar last Sunday. It is not the type of movie that you see being made in Hollywood nowadays and it stands out because of that. It is haunting, beautiful and elegant in all the right ways. I implore you, if you haven’t yet, go see Arrival as soon as possible.