Arrival isn’t your usual action pack science fiction movie. It stand apart and I appreciated that. As a movie watcher, I enjoy having a variety of movie to watch, instead of watching the same “winning” formula repeated movie after movie.
A core idea at the heart of the film is that an intimate relationship exists between the language you speak and the way you perceive the world. I believe this is true, but not nearly to the extent this movie indicates. I know that linguists rolled their eyes as soon as the Sapir-Whorf Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis was mentioned. The hypothesis is poorly understood by the public, but it’s still a great movie.
There was also a pretty dumb statement at the beginning: “Portuguese is different from other Romance languages because the Portuguese thought of language as art.” Any linguist will tell you that isn’t a correct statement.
Word exposure, and reading expand your possibilities, and horizons.
What I also enjoyed is that the main character, Louise Banks, isn’t a stereotypical female character, obsessed with finding love and fitting into a box made for working women.