Previously titled STORY OF YOUR LIFE.
Here's the first teaser:
Not me. I honestly don't want to see any more as I'm sure that a trailer would show every single story beat, and I get the feeling that this is one where you want to go in as cold as possible.
Well it's Denis Villeneuve (SICARIO, PRISONERS, BLADE RUNNER 2) behind this. As such, I'm confident that it will be...at a minimum...'good'.
I consider Ted Chiang one of the premier science fiction writers of our time, and Denis Villeneuve another poe-faced 'auteur' with no sense of humor and nothing interesting to say. No one is going to be able to do this story justice, in particular, so it's even more of a bummer.
I just don't know if he's worked with a great script yet so I'm holding out hope. Sicario had a decent story but I wouldn't call it a really strong one. Prisoners and Enemy had some storytelling/thematic issues. I didn't really care for Incendies.
I thought Prisoners had some strong performances and Deakins is a god, I just thought the characterizations and motivations didn't always make the most sense and the structure was a bit awkward. I'd call it a good movie, though. And that race to the hospital, my goodness, DEAKINS.
He's like Aronofsky meets Zack Snyder: A peanut butter and onion sandwich, two great tastes that go great together.
This teaser looks like Prometheus on Earth. The summary of the Ted Chiang short story it's based on sounds potentially interesting, though.
That wasn't a knock. I didn't like The Arrival overall but there was definitely some arresting imagery like the impossible vegetation of the opening scene and the pullback. Also, I guess modification of the climate as a weapon was ahead of its time in popular culture.
Wait what? Let's not get into Charlie Sheen here.
There's a really great and fascinating documentary about what would happen if an extraterrestrial vessel landed in England. Can't find the title (try googling "aliens" and "documentary" and see what kind of masterpieces come up), but this was made by a "real" awarded documentarian and included interviews with sociologists, UK government officials and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. The doc dealt with the anxiety, shock and confusion humanity would face. This trailer seemed tonally very similar to that untitled doc, any of you gentlemen possibly know what I'm talking about? Trying to find it and all these ANCIENT ALIENS ON YOUTUBE -hits are making me insane.
You can watch this teaser. There's nothing there to give away any story beats, it's really just there to give you a sense of place. It's very good. I'm going to try and avoid any more trailers for it, however.
You know, and this is something that has bothered me quite a bit on this site and others...
Why is that a bad thing?
Richard Ayode also made a film adapted from the exact same story in 2013, "The Double" starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. It was pretty good, sort of trying for a low-key indie Gilliam vibe. I liked both that and Enemy, but they both have their faults. It would make for an interesting double feature.
Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, maybe. Enemy, The Double, Black Swan... as far as I'm concerned, they're all in the same tier. Occasionally impressive, frequently hollow, running on simplistic ideas that are never developed enough to sustain a feature film. The advantage Black Swan has over the other two is that it actually builds to a real climax. Both Enemy and The Double just kind of meander to their destinations, and when they arrive there they it's more of a "huh" than a "whoa."
I just wish they had kept that as the title so when it comes out I could say to wifey, "hey, let's go see this Amy Adams movie called Story of Your Life" and she would be like, "YES! I would like to see an Amy Adams movie with that kind of title!"
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, for instance.