November 25, 2016

"AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING":

Time Present and Time Past (MARK JUDGE, 11/24/16, Liberty & Law)

Arrival is a near-flawless film. Although billed as a science fiction movie, it is a deeply spiritual and humanistic meditation on life, death, love, and time. Story, music, direction, and acting all combine to produce one of the best films of the year, a movie that provokes deep thought and rewards repeated viewings. Spoiler alert: I'm going to be giving away keep plot points in Arrival, so stop reading if you plan on seeing the film. [...]

[N]early every frame of Arrival is rich with art. The acting is superb, and the music, by minimalist Norwegian composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, with an additional song by Max Richter, offers space for the contemplation that the screenplay by Eric Heisserer offers. Bradford Young's dreamy cinematography focuses on the small moments of love, tenderness, and grief that we carry through our personal journeys through time. The moments where Louise Banks views her life and sees that, at the heart of everything, the grief and the joy alike, is an innate goodness--what Christopher Lasch called "the goodness of being"--are exhilarating.  Arrival is cerebral and soulful science fiction of a high order. 



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