Isolationism vs Globalism: Watching Arrival After Trump

Arrival Denis Villeneuve (dir), Bradford Young (cin), Eric Heisserer (wri) Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma (cast) Based on “Story of Your Life”by Ted Chiang September 1, 2016 (Venice Film Festival), November 11, 2016 (United States) This review contains spoilers for the film. Arrival’s Best Picture nomination places it within a small contingent of sci-fi films that have been deemed Oscar-worthy. Based on Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life,” the film explores the individual and global consequences of first contact with stunning visual detail. The most memorable shots emphasize the personal; there is a particular depth given to Louise Banks’ (Amy Adams) home and the wilderness surrounding it, as well as to the...

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