Friday, January 3, 2020
Steve's DVD movie review. (Arrival)
In past posts, I have spoken about movies that I have watched on DVD. The movie could be recent, it could be five or more years old. I was supposed to, at one point make it a feature but I don't really watch that many movies, so that type of post would become a sparse theme. The other issue as well would be that I don't have any understanding of the artistry that goes into telling a story. The only review I could sincerely give is that of my opinion alone.
Past movies I enjoyed for example that I only saw in the last year or so include Sea Biscuit and The Big Short. This holiday season as I was picking up some stuff, I was going through a bin and saw some movies for only $5, a good deal if you can find something that you think might appeal to you. I saw the movie "Arrival" starring Amy Adams and I thought I might enjoy it, although I was hesitant because I heard many people didn't like it.
Right away I felt that this was a good find. I have to say that I really, really enjoyed the film. I think the bad reviews were from people hoping there was going to be a space war with aliens and couldn't understand what the film was trying to say. I felt that the reaction in the film of the general public and the non western nations was sadly probably exactly how things would play out. Even with the current US government, the words "take me to your leader" could spell doom for mankind.
There was a second movie and theme within the film. I suddenly realized what was about to happen at the end and that was an interesting twist, I am not going to mention it, in case someone wants to check the film out. There is the question at the end, if you could see your whole life ahead of you, would you change anything, not go back in time and change it but right from the beginning. That always cuts me deeply because I feel that I haven't lived, that I threw my life away. I would change a lot (hopefully) but then again it's easy to see what is truly important now that I have life experience, back in my 20s and 30s I saw "important" as something completely different.
I love a movie that moves me emotionally, makes me think, makes me question and this film did. I also see why I'm hearing the name Amy Adams over and over lately. Especially the scene where she is going to enter the ship and meet the visitors for the first time, she captured the incredible overwhelming feeling of numbing fear a real person would experience if something like this actually happened. This is a film that I'm going to want to watch again in a year or two.