Story of Your Life: Arrival Movie Review

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Normally I’m a spoiler hound, but while some experts argue that spoilers can enhance enjoyment of a story, I’m not sure if that’s the case for Arrival. Saika reviewed the trailer, but I’m not sure I even saw that one, and I’m almost glad I didn’t. Not knowing anything much beyond “aliens invade and someone tries to talk to them” made the movie more suspenseful. Arrival is the most original sci-fi movie of the year. It’s based on Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life”, which was nominated for and won a handful of awards back in 1999. It’s no wonder it was turned into a movie. Most alien movies are about humanity fighting off the evil alien invaders. Arrival is different. It’s a story of a linguist trying to help humanity establish peaceful relations with alien visitors. Arrival is probably going to end up on the list of movies all the cool philosophy professors show to get their undergrads to think about the nature of memory and free will. Wrapped up in suspenseful alien invasion trappings, Arrival is really about how a human may cope once her experience of time is no longer linear. If you could see into your own future, what would you do?

Spoilers abound after the jump.

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Trailer Tuesdays: Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters

Jeremy Renner is back in theaters this January, but this time not as our beloved Hawkeye, but rather as Hansel in the new movie, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

The trailer seems exciting, action packed, and interesting enough that I will go see it. Maybe even really enjoy it, who knows? It doesn’t appear to be a very outside the box type of movie however, it seems to be the typical “spice up the fairy tale by making it darker and more action-packed” type that we have been seeing lately. That wouldn’t necessarily a bad thing, but so far most of those movies have only been okay, if not downright terrible. So if Hansel and Gretel really want to impress, they are going to have to do something different and, based on the trailer, it doesn’t seem like they’re going to.

There are a couple concerns I have about what I saw in this trailer. At one point in the trailer Hansel says something about Gretel being kidnapped. Now Gretel seems pretty capable throughout the trailer so I will be really annoyed if the movie deteriorates into damsel-in-distress type story and puts all if not most of the focus on Hawkeye Hansel.

Another comic book movie alumni will be featured in this movie: Famke Janssen who notably played Jean Grey in the X-Men movies is playing… Muriel. Well, I have no idea who that is, and the trailer doesn’t tell us, so here’s hoping she plays a cool character.

For now I reserve judgement on Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and hope for the best.