Shout by M. Rivera

Arrival 2016

There was a lot that was good in this movie, but there were also some issues for me. The concept itself was very interesting. It's first contact from a linguistic perspective. It's the confusion, the hours of studying, learning, coordinating. This isn't action, it's about a process of growth and learning. So, overall it was very interesting, but there were two things that can be very frustrating. The first is that the plot jumps around a lot. At the end you begin to understand why and it all starts to come together, but that doesn't change the fact that about 3/4 of the movie feels very jumbled and disjointed. The second issue is that it is very slow. Now, I understand that in real life a process like this does months, and is very tedious and slow, but that doesn't make for a very enjoyable movie. With all the jumping around and downtime, it can feel boring at times. All that aside, Amy Adams does a great job and it's an interesting movie, but I just didn't love it. I liked it but didn't love it.

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