A Look at the Movies

Rated PG-13
1 hour 50 minutes

Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Whenever Aliens come calling, they’re either invading earth with bad intentions or they’re talking us to death in a language one understands as they do in “Arrival”.

To save the world, only super linguist Amy Adams can figure out what they’re saying. “Arrival” communicates an intriguing science fiction puzzle that’s just the opposite of the shoot first and ask questions later style of sci-fi adventure.

“Arrival” is what I call an intelligent handling of the ages old conflict between trusting your gut reaction or jumping to conclusions.

Amy Adams have never given less than her typically splendid performance. Here she digs deep to solve the mystery preventing two species from understanding each other.

Unlike their spectacular entrance in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, this unimposing space craft resembles a slightly deflated football. But making contact is occasionally mystifying but always thrilling.

In spite of good intentions on both ends of the galaxy, there’s always the element of danger based on human miscalculation. As much as you’ll enjoy the experience, I got the feeling “Arrival is just a bit over-rated with all of its mystical overtones.

It’s “Arrival” should be greeted with a respectable but hardly earth shaking 3 stars. Still it is welcoming to know earthlings prefer being at peace with the rest of the galaxy.