Movie Review #8406 ARRIVAL.
Complex psychological scifi thriller along the Contact lines sees a young linguist with a troubled past commandeered to help translate the grunts of recently arrived aliens into some form of English.
Shades of Independence Day has a dozen or so alien spaceships position themselves at seemingly random points around the globe then proceed to make overtures to the locals. Trouble is no-one can figure out what the heck they're on about hence calling in aforementioned linguist in the form of Amy Adams. Add current flavour of the month Jeremy Renner as sidekick and we're set for a couple of hours of wondering what gives as alien and human do their best to touch base.
Via a series of Rorshak-like circular images, young Amy finally figures out what's happening and manages to convince the other nations, in particular China, that the seven-legged heptapods do in fact 'come in peace' and bear no ill will.
What they do bear is still a bit of a mystery to this moviegoer but it makes for a reasonably entertaining Friday evening at the movies and overall have to give it the customary 7/10.
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since being mesmerized by the giant screen, the darkness that went on forever & the infernally uncomfortable seats + having to stand for God Save the Queen, I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism. My favourite movie of all time is Schindler's List, one of only two movies I've ever cried in (the other was Bambi when I was 6!) & I'm a sucker for a damn good comedy; Dumb & Dumber, The Hangover & Death at a Funeral stand out. I'm also a musician and work in IT. I have 4 grandchildren who also seem to enjoy their movie excursions with grandad. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.