Movie Review: Arrival

mv5bmtexmzu0odcxndheqtjeqwpwz15bbwu4mde1oti4mzay-_v1_sy1000_cr006401000_al_Hubs and I have been playing catch up on our movie watching. The Arrival movie was not one that I was particularly interested in, but hubby wanted to see it. Jeremy Renner is in it, so I figured I’d take one for the team.

IMdB: When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

The above descripition is way more dramatic than I actually think the movie was, and I’m really not sure what chance they are referring to. Silly, IMdB. It could have been a decent movie, but it was ruined for me.


The movie begins with flashes of Louise’s (Amy Adams) life with her daughter growing up and eventually dying in her teenage years. We then find out that Louise is a linguist who is asked to head a team to communicate with aliens that have landed in Montana. She works with the aliens as they bestow the gift of seeing the future on her, and we come to realize that the child who grew and passed away was yet to be born from Lousie and Ian (Jeremy Renner). She begins to see the future and is able to create peace between all countries and the aliens. She goes on to teach the alien language to others, writes a book about the language, and gives birth to her daughter, even though she already knows the outcome of her daughter’s life.

There’s the synopsis, and here are my feelings.

I hated this movie. It had such potential to be a great movie, but there are so many political undertones to it that I literally found myself frustrated with the entire thing. I have no clue how it won so many awards! Wait, yes, I do. Hollywood is all politics now, so I’m sure this fit their agenda. I’ve become more partial to the non-political posts now (literally a post in the ground with a sign designating it as a non-political post), so this was just a bleh reminder to all the political craziness these days.

And here’s a rant.

What is with Hollywood and their new obsession with killing or making children sick as part of the storyline? I get that it happens in real life, but for me, movies as well as books are an escape from real life for a moment. I don’t need the constant reminder of the pain of this world, especially when it is experienced by children and their parents. Maybe becoming a mother has really made me soft or weak, but I’m just sick of this being the go to emotional tug in every storyline! Leave the children alone! Hurt an adult because of an adult, I can handle that, but starting hurting children, nope!

Avoid this movie at all costs!



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