Movie Arrival left me frustrated

A few weeks ago, my wife Angela went to see the movie Arrival. She called it “thought provoking” and she absolutely loved it. Angela is not a film buff and to get such a reaction from her meant I had to go see it.Arrival

Arrival was no longer playing at our local theatre, so during a visit to Toronto this week, I stopped at a theatre in Whitby on the way home to catch this movie
I had to see.

Arrival has everything I love in movies. It has a sci-fi connection and hope for humanity. Denis Villeneuve brilliantly directs the movie from author Ted Chiang’s short novel “Story of Your Life” and there’s no unnecessary subplots or obvious bad guys. It’s efficient, smart and beautifully acted.

There’s just one problem. I didn’t understand it.

That connecting piece which brings it all together, eluded me. The moment which left such an impact on my wife, escaped me. Film critics have called it one of the best movies of the year, and I agree, but I left the theatre very confused and frustrated.

(If you have seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about).

So, the drive home was long and full of questions.

Why isn’t it connecting? Why don’t I get it? What am I missing?

As soon as I got home, I went online and searched “Explain the Arrival”. Obviously, I wasn’t the only one with some confusion.

This is how I figured it. My wife is a multi-tasker and can see and do many things at once. I tend to take on one thing at a time and can’t see beyond the single focused challenge in front of me. I think that could be why I didn’t understand Arrival.

It steps outside our common place thinking and assumptions.

Either way, Arrival is exceptional and made me think, really think.

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