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Arrival – Movie Review

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.

ufo-1962807_1920For those who enjoy reading, Arrival is an adaptation from the 1998 short story and novella “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang.

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.

 

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