Arrival

Arrival

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I recommend seeing Arrival even though it is extremely slow. I actually fell asleep for a bit in the middle. I wish the execution of this film matched the level of its intelligence with an equal measure of drama. It is worth seeing though for the mind-blowing ideas that it presents and Amy Adams delicately mesmerizing performance. Arrival has a cerebral, dreamlike quality that delivers an emotional punch at the end that would have made this a more accessible film if the filmmakers had found a way to weave that emotion throughout the rest of the story.

Man of Steel takes the familiar Superman legend and transforms it into an original, truly epic and personal story about identity, individual responsibility and what it means to be human. It is the rare superhero movie that manages to combine first- rate special effects and action with three dimensional characters that you care about and real heart and emotion.

The opening sequence on Krypton fully envisions this world in a way that it’s never been realized before. The depiction of Superman’s home planet is darkly imaginative and spectacularly sets  up one of the film’s main themes that of predestination over free will.

Russell Crowe is convincing and imposing as Jor-El, Krypton’s leading scientist who warns his people that Kyrpton is doomed. Aware that it’s too late to save his planet, he and his wife Lara jettison their son Kal-El, the product of the first natural birth on Krypton in hundreds of years, to Earth.

British actor Henry Cavill with his handsome chiseled face and piercing blue eyes is the embodiment of the iconic American superhero. He is a great Superman able to convey vulnerability, ambivalence, strength, and finally a man willing to accept the responsibility that comes with his extraordinary abilities. Cavill has real chemistry with Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Adams continues the tradition of the independent and gutsy reporter Lois who doesn’t exist just to be rescued by Superman. Continue reading »

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