THE BEST COMMERCIAL FILM OF 2016
ARRIVAL (2016) by Denis Villeneuve
“Why are they here?”
First post this year’s 2017 in ineditofilms.com was a ranking in wich we had considered the 11 best independent films of 2016, and also what for us had been the best commercial film. It was not surprising that “Arrival” was the winner of this last section, and as soon as the majority of the contributors saw the film, we praise what is probably one of the best science fiction films of recent years.
This film, which can already be considered of cult in the science fiction field, is a beautiful intimate story that not only revises the concept of the alien films, but also it’s a song to life and an invitation to reflection, by the viewer, about the meaning of life.
When a set of twelve spaceships appears on Earth, Louise (Amy Adams), an eminence of the translation, will receive a call from the government. After establishing contact with the aliens, the authorities they have not been able to communicate with them and need their help to try to understand what they do on our planet. Louise will begin, together a team led by herself and Ian (Jeremy Renner), an important physicist, to take small steps that will bring us closer to knowing not only what the aliens do here but also their way of communicating and thinking.
One of the most attractive points of this film is the approach that is given, since it’s not a science fiction movie as such at all. Away from action scenes or violent moments with the intention of provoking restlessness, this film will manage to get the viewer stays alert throughout the entire footage of an incredibly well-constructed story, accompanied by a soundtrack and sound effects simply shocking. Fantastic work by these specialists (with deserved nomination for the best sound mixing and best sound editing at the Oscars).
And is that is very interesting that the weight of a science fiction story falls in the work of a translator. Already at the beginning of the film there is a scene in which is introduce what will be the approach of the feature film. As soon as they know each other Louise and Ian will be involved in a small debate in which each one will defend the importance of the science and the language in the humanity. The eternal confrontation between letters and science.
Without science it’s impossible to unravel the universe or certain traits of evolution; but communication also builds what we are and that is why we cannot leave it aside when it comes to understanding other cultures, or, in this case, other forms of life.
The study of communication or intercultural understanding will be the characteristic feature of the film, along with the evocative images that Louise is visualizing and that will endow the story with transcendence.
For all this it was necessary that “Arrival”, based on the novel Ted Chiang’s “Story of your life”, received not only the recognition by the lovers of this genre, but also in an “academic” level by its impeccable technical construction and his masterful direction.
“Arrival” is nominated for eight Oscar: the two mentioned above (best sound mixing and best sound editing) and the best film editing, best production design, best cinematography and best adapted screenplay, and two of the most important awards; best directing and best picture.
And is that after being completely forgotten in the Golden Globes, it’s an achievement that this film of great distribution but little commercial spirit is recognized by the most famous prizes of the seventh art and invites to the people to discover another cinema form.
Traducido por: Eduardo Llorente.