Wistful, short review of ARRIVAL

We saw ARRIVAL. This new movie based on Ted Chiang’s award winning novella is the best science fiction film in years, and actually for me is in the top five of the last five decades. I’m still so bummed by The Absurdity being elected, I can’t write a review, really. The movie’s timing is sort of ironic…it did make me feel some hope…

I could talk about a couple of its conceptual antecedents and poke at a few possible weaknesses, but I won’t, because one must not risk giving anything away…I’ll just say that it probably won’t be a hit because while appreciating it doesn’t require the viewer to be an intellectual–that would leave me out–it does require a relatively high level of intelligence, and it’s recently been demonstrated that at least half this country falls short in that department.

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