What happens now?
Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is a linguistics professor who is recruited by Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) to help translate when 12 alien ships suddenly descend to Earth. However not everyone wants to take the time Louise does to teach them how to communicate when other countries are on the verge of declaring war.
Early on, Louise explains how you have to start with small words and that learning language takes time. That's how the first part of the film feels. It takes its time setting up the premise. The eerie score haunts us right up until the moment we see the aliens for the first time. It's a slow burn, but it needs to be. That's how learning another language is. Once we get to the back half of the film it completely filps around everything we thought we knew. It's an amazing turn of events that I felt completely wowed by.
Amy Adams is a dream. I've said that countless times, she never gives a bad performance and she's perfectly cast here. Louise is smart and has a certain vulnerability to her. She keeps her cool, when she's given so many opportunities to scream "listen to me!" to some of the men she's working with. She has great chemistry with Jeremy Renner, a fellow scientist that's working with her. He also provides some much needed subtle humor.
Arrival starts off as just "good" but it ends on "spectacular." Denis Villeneuve makes amazing movies.
Memorable Quote:"We need to make sure they understand what a question is." - Louise (Amy Adams)