Movie Review: Arrival

If you could see your whole life laid out in front of you, would you change things?

Arrival is directed by Denis Villeneuve, it stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.


Aliens have landed all over Earth and world renowned linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is called in to communicate with the aliens. But when paranoia settles in with the majority of the world’s population and leaders, Louise races against time to translate the alien’s language and discover their purpose on Earth before it’s too late.

The Good

Seeing as this movie is directed by Denis Villeneuve the cinematography easily stands out. The way this movie was filmed is incredible as the slow and methodical pace enthralls you from the get go. There are scenes which are breathtakingly tense and they are effective in building up suspense.


Amy Adams is also incredible in her role, from the way she is first introduced to the final moments of the movie, she was consistently great. The movie’s story telling complimented her acting well as the procedural start of the film puts us in her shoes and makes us relate to her early on. The supporting casts are also great, both Forest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner did a great job portraying their roles.

The Bad

The pacing of the movie is quite slow, especially around the first act and this can take you out of the movie at least for the first fifteen minutes.


Overall Arrival is an incredibly well made film, from the cinematography to the acting to the story. The execution is perfect, the slow methodical pacing grabs you from the start and it fuels your curiosity to keep on watching. The movie is informative in certain ways as it’s expositions are interesting. To it’s core the movie is a study on human nature but it is structured to be not so overwhelming.


If you’re looking for a big budget sci-fi film with explosions this won’t be for you. However if you don’t mind a slow movie and one that makes you think, Arrival is highly recommended.

Good Bad 4.5/5
  • Great Acting
  • Great Cinematography
  • Incredible Story
  • Slow Start