Friday, September 16, the Dartmouth campus was treated to an amazing opening night for the Telluride at Dartmouth film festival with the advance screening of Arrival. Set in the current 21st century, Arrival follows the experience of linguistic analyst Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams) as our world struggles to unravel the enigma behind first contact with an alien race. From start to finish, Arrival was not only a coherent but also cinematically powerful film. Avoiding all predictability, director Denis Villeneuve provides an experience that pushes the viewer to really think, and to hang on to every last detail.
Over all I was a major fan of the film. Conceptually, I found myself looking back and piecing together the entire film in a way I have not had to do since watching Interstellar or Inception, which were both exceptionally rewarding experiences. If you are looking for a film this fall to make you think and keep you on the edge of your seat, look no further. Thumbs up for Arrival, and it is certainly worth the wait for it to hit theaters this upcoming November.