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Film Review – Arrival (2016)

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

9 Responses

  1. csheldonblog says:

    Having only just watched this film, I really enjoyed it! Would love to read the book but apparently it was a short story so….

  2. kai9 says:

    This was a heady film. I gave it an A. It touched me on a highly personal level which has been extremely rare. I bought the blu-ray and watched it recently and found it affected me somatically this time.

    This is a small spoiler alert – the whole perspective on time is an interesting one given that linear time is predicated on human language and is an invention. When I have expanded beyond linear time – well…

  3. Jason says:

    I basically agree with your review. (I wrote up some thoughts on my blog as well and there’s some overlap.) I was particularly struck by your “respect rather than absolutely love” line, because that’s how I feel, too. But if I thought about a letter grade, I’d only give it a B/B+ rather than an A. Or an A for reach and a B for grasp or something like that. But even a B is still a “check it out” grade.

    • MovieBabble says:

      I could totally see why you would give a B/B+ to it. When I grade I look for things that are wrong with the movie so even if I don’t consider it super rewatchable but its just obviously well made I’d still give a high grade. Plus, Arrival has that quality where it could get better over time, so the grade may reflect that as well. But honestly, grades are so arbitrary (I only do them because readers enjoy some type of score to a movie) that it’s really unnecessary. I agree with you that regardless of whether it’s an A or a B or whatever, it’s still worth seeing.

  4. love science fiction movies

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