A friend invited me to go see Arrival. I had no idea what to expect and had not seen any reviews. When I heard alien film, I thought ‘Oh yay, this will be obnoxoius’. I avoid these films for all the reasons listed.
I’m not a movie buff or expert on science fiction films. (Over the top exaggeration here) So less than qualified to compare it to anything. Nor am I smart enough to understand all the nuances.
All I can say is that I was pleasently surprised and I loved it. I am still playing with the whole non-linear time idea as it was portrayed and how communication is so limited by language.
I’m glad I ignored my gut reaction and stayed to watch it. I would also like to see more intelligent science fiction films.