dreamshirl’s review published on Letterboxd:
uh i really dont think i knew true emotion until i watched this movie.
from the first slow pan to the last, you feel yourself being transformed. the sheer emotionality of it. the huge, simple scale. arrival conveys the crux of humanity so stunningly it hits you like a ton of bricks throughout the film.
and! the filmmakers really allow you to parse through the information they give you on your own, let it sit in your belly as you slowly come to your own realizations. an inconspicuous line, such as when louise says "i forgot how good it felt to be held by you," holds much deeper meaning viewing the movie a second time around. bradford young does a masterful job with cinematography. the score both heightens tension and complements the poignancy of amy adams' acting . it ends where it begins and begins where it ends.