I don't think I'll ever understand how they managed to get this film made, but I'm sure glad they did.
This film, in a different set of hands, may have been quite an ordinary biopic, but Pablo Larraín's considered use of each facet of the film creates a memorable, unsettling portrayal of a brief but incredibly significant moment in the life of the eponymous character and America's history.
The choice to have Mica Levi do the score, previously best known for her dissonant work on Under The Skin, serves almost as a synecdoche for the approach to the film as…
It's not uncommon to watch a science-fiction film that's been influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey, but it's rare to see one that could genuinely be considered alongside it. Arrival is brave enough to forgo trailer-friendly spectacle and focus on the big ideas and emotional story at its core.
The film knocks it out of the park (or maybe just hovers ominously slightly above it) on pretty much all fronts, with particular mention given to Jóhann Jóhannsson's stunning score, which…