Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is a welcome addition to a long list of movies about alien visitors to our planet. It’s intelligent, and ventilates some striking ideas about time, and particularly about language (and, somehow, the relationship between the two). However, it suffers from the usual credibility gaps caused by the star system. Lois Lane – sorry, Amy Adams – is much too young to know as much about linguistics as her character does. And there no content at all to the ‘romantic’ relationship between her and Jeremy Renner’s character. They work together like fellow thesps on an SFX film, not at all like actors embodying their characters.

Arrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016)

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