This past Friday, my friend kele and I saw the new Amy Adams film Arrival. I’m not sure what I was expecting—probably more of an action-adventure sci-fi flick—but wow, was it ever something completely better! It was fairly slow and meditative, but in a really great way. It did exactly what good sci-fi is supposed to do, which is use the backdrop of the fantastic to explore the beauty and terror of human existence.
It was just really, really good. I am completely shocked it was a huge Hollywood film1 with such big stars—Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker also star. And, always a good clue that it was working at a higher level than most films, the score was so good that I actually noticed how good it was. For some reason, I don’t find the sound aspects of films usually move me very much, so when I do actually sit up and go, “Hey… this movie’s score is amazing!” then it usually means the entire film is a notch above the usual theatre fare.
Anyway, it’s just so so so good—do yourself a favour and go see it!