One thing I have to say about screen 7 at Cineworld is that it’s HUGE and clear, seeing a film like Arrival on it certainly looks awesome and with the alien ships that look like strange shells, it felt like I was engulfed in the movie.

Arriving at the cinema a little early, I was first in to grab my seat, it slowly started filling up with a wide age range of people coming in to check out Arrival.

So relaxing into my seat, which can only be described as extremely comfortable and soft, while I wrote this part of my review, time was getting closer to the point when the adverts would start, followed by the trailers and then the movie itself.

Arrival – Story of Your Life

So after seeing the trailers for the movie, I wasn’t really sure what I would be getting. Would it be a little like Independence Day, with ships over key cities of the world wanting to destroy the Earth? Well, that was my first thought before seeing the film.

But Arrival is more like Close Encounters of The Third Kind, it’s a movie that makes us look at beings from other worlds and say, “they aren’t all coming to kill us“. As the “shells” arrive, it’s down to linguistics professor Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams) and an elite team of investigators to work out why the gigantic spaceships have arrived twelve locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.

Amy Adams attempts to communicate with aliens in Arrival

Amy Adams attempts to communicate with aliens in Arrival

The first thing that struck me with Arrival is some of the beautifully shot scenes in the movie, for example, as Banks arrives at the base encamped around the spaceship, the wide open landscape looks amazing with the mist rolling down the hillsides and into the values and opening up to the view of the very large spaceship hovering over the feet from the floor. It gives you a feel of not only the size of the spaceship but also the daunting presence that it gives to those camped around it.

I’ve lost count how many movies I’ve seen where aliens arrive and in turn try to destroy the planet, so Arrival is a refreshing change, it’s not fast paced, if anything thing it moves along at a steady, relaxing, pace giving the viewer the chance to also work out for themselves what is going on. Add into the equation of Banks’ intertwined storyline of herself and her daughter, which adds an emotional side to the storyline, which works great.

Arrival is certainly a film that makes you think, not all aliens are bad! Our humanity is on a course for destruction, maybe, just maybe, aliens are coming to show us the way from our own pending end. I came out of the movie thinking about life the universe and that it’s time that people changed.

With a great cast including Jeremy Renner and Forrest WhitakerArrival is a movie that I totally enjoyed, it has all the ingredients that make an enjoyable movie to watch, great cinematography, a superb haunting soundtrack by Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything,  Sicario and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049) and a story (based on Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life”) that just has you glued to the film from start to finish.

Arrival is certainly going down as one of the movies this year that I really recommend seeing on the big screen and bigger the better. So after the movie it was time for something a little different, it was time to go behind the scenes of the Cineworld Broughton Mannequin Challenge.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
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