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Arrival, 2016 - ★★★★ (contains spoilers)

This review may contain spoilers.

This is glorious. I’d give it five stars if it wasn’t for the fact that I don’t think they had to have Hannah die. They could have misdirected us at the start a different way.

Plus, that first few minutes means we start off feeling sad. It’s a serious film, but it doesn’t have to be sad.

Not that there’s anything automatically wrong with sadness (“Happiness for deep people.” — Sally Sparrow). Still, I think effectively fridging a little girl — or not, but that’s how it appears at first — weakens the whole piece.

Great to see a complex problem resolved with communication and compromise though.

And! Sequel, please: I want to see what the heptapods need from humanity on 3000 years.

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