Even with some mildly entertaining action sequences and solid moments of charm from its cast, “Wonder Woman 1984” often feels like it’s desperate for another rewrite at every turn. The character work throughout feels forced, half-baked, and not earned, and its narrative does mostly feel like it’s simply going through the motions while also handling numerous subplots that make the film feel even more bloated and unnecessarily overlong. Overall, it’s just a fine film but when compared to its otherwise strong predecessor, it’s a considerable letdown that severely underwhelms.
"Arrival" is one of the most visually stunning, instantly compelling, and intricately crafted pieces of cinema I have seen in a very long time. Consistently building a rising sense of stakes and atmosphere with a strong amount of skill and care, Denis Villeneuve beautifully directs a thrilling, layered, and intriguing work of science fiction that's gorgeously shot, uniquely structured, and grounded with intelligent and morally complex ideas. But at it's core, this is also a nuanced, resonant, and deeply emotional…