Fantastic though Villeneuve's new movie is, it doesn't quite reach the dizzying heights of last year's sci-fi thriller Arrival, which saw Villeneuve tapping into his well-trod theme of childbirth in the most emotionally shattering and ambitious way possible.
Amy Adams is fantastic in the lead role (and absolutely should've been Oscar-nominated), while the entire ensemble cast (especially Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker) brings their A-game, but it's ultimately Eric Heisserer's screenplay and Villeneuve's direction, both of which received Oscar nods, which propel the film to unexplored territory.
With its nuanced and hopeful insights into humanity, a shocking third-act reveal and a flabbergasting emotional component that just about nobody saw coming, Arrival is an instant classic and has set an incredibly high bar for Villeneuve to clear should he wish to dethrone it.
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