Spared or Spoiled Reviews: Arrival

It’s okay if you don’t remember, but the rules are simple.

The good get spared. The bad get spoiled.

Arrival (Paramount Pictures)


Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Written by Eric Heisserer  Based on “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang

Starring Amy AdamsJeremy RennerForest WhitakerMichael Stuhlbarg & Tzi Ma

Arrival is adult sci-fi. A smart story with a beautiful performance and directed and written extremely well. One of the best movies of the year. Maybe even the best. And I don’t have to tell you guys that I love Amy Adams. And I hope they give her some love come Oscar time. She carries this movie and her character is an emotional roller coaster ride and a true bad ass. I loved it profusely.

Verdict: SPARED


“What you making, Amy?” “I’m just sending a message. This is the amount of times I have read or will read Mel’s blog.”

This is the new Close Encounters but without the famous five tones. Anybody remember the five tones? “If everything is ready on the dark side of the moon…” That was the extent of Close Encounters’ attempt at alien communication. Arrival makes Close Encounters look like kid’s stuff. (Steven Spielberg was actually just a kid back then) Arrival is such an intelligent film. With an amazing message about language and love and loss. I’m gonna have to say it again; I don’t have the words.


“Okay people we’re entering the Amy Adams fixation zone. Everybody keep your hazmat suits on. And don’t touch nothing. This could get messy.”

But can we talk more about the goddess that is Amy Adams? And yes I know that my devotion for her does venture toward the creepy. But I love her like a sea mollusk loves the sun. I can only experience her brilliance as her light shines on the screen like the surface of the ocean but from underneath. I’m going to do an entire Amy Adams post with my top ten favorite performances and films. No. I’m gonna do that right now.


“He knows I’m human right? I’m HUMAN.” “I think we have some spray paint in the truck.”

Here it is:

My Top Ten Favorite Amy Adams Films & Performances:

10 Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice EXTENDED VERSION (2016) She’s my Lois Lane. Amy is my Lois Lane. (and I got a pocket full of Kryptonite)

9  The Master (2012) Nominated Best Supporting Actress

8 Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

7  The Fighter (2010) This is when the world started to recognize her brilliance but I knew way before this. Nominated Best Supporting Actress

6 On The Road (2012)

5 Julie & Julia (2009) Amy more than holds her own with one of the best.

4  American Hustle (2013) Great performance and she is so sexy in this movie. Another powerhouse female co-star that she gives a run for her money. Nominated Best Actress

3 Enchanted (2007) This is when I fell in love with her. She is simply magic in this film. So funny. So beautiful. So talented.

2 Her (2013) Love Her.

1  Arrival (2016)

I still haven’t watched Nocturnal Animals but I expect it to bump BvS EXTENDED (very important distinction the extended part) right off this list. With the ones I listed above, she was also nominated for Junebug and Doubt for Best Supporting Actress. Neither film made this list but that just means I ran out of space.


“But… but… but I was amazing in Junebug. I… I thought he loved me.”

Dear Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences,

I know we don’t always see eye to eye. And I want you to know your recent attempts at diversity have not gone unnoticed. But I want you to give the best actress to another white woman this year. A red-head. And yes I know. You can’t get much whiter than that. But over-look race here just this once… please. Amy Adams has been nominated enough times. Enough teasing. It’s time that she won. She deserves it AND (I know this is important to you guys) It would make me very happy. Thanks for your consideration.


Mel Rook


“Are you seeing what I’m seeing?” “Yeah. I think we’re gonna have to get in there.”

I don’t want to get the reputation of someone who cries at the drop of a hat moving in slow-motion, but this movie had me in tears. Even during the thrilling climax. I think I blubbered something like, “It’s beautiful.” when everything started coming into shape. But I won’t say any more. This is a powerful, action-packed, adventure film where nearly all of the action takes place from the neck up. Smart people flexing their brain muscles. I loved every minute of it. And I’m talking about the original author, the screenwriter and the director as well as the main characters. I complain a lot about dumb movies and dumb writing. I just want to take a moment to say that Arrival is some of the best & smartest film-making and story-telling I have seen in a long time. And the rest of the cast, Forest Whittaker and Jeremy Renner are pretty good too. But to be incredibly corny: Amy Adams has Arrived.


“Okay. You grab the laptop and I’ll get his pants. And for god’s sake don’t touch anything.”

Dear Amy,

I hope you thank me in your acceptance speech. But if you forget to, just say, “You know who you are.” just like that. You know who you are. I’ll get it.

– Your Biggest Fan


“IT’S TOO LATE. He’s gone off the deep end. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!! He’s writing fake letters that no one will see. THAT NO ONE WILL EVER SEE!!!”

So in conclusion, Arrival is smart sci-fi done extremely well and you should see it in theaters because it has great special effects. It’s an experience movie that needs to be shared with a room full of strangers and if it makes a ton of money maybe Hollywood will realize that the nerds don’t always have to be the side-kick.

We can be the hero.

– Mel


2 thoughts on “Spared or Spoiled Reviews: Arrival

  1. Okay – you love Adams too. 😉 I love her! I want to be Amy Adams. Hubby won’t let me dye my hair the same color as hers. Said red won’t suit me. Anyway! God I loved Arrival. Between Arrival & Room, movies have made me an emotional mess this year. And I’m not one for public displays of emotion. And I can’t wait for you to see Nocturnal Animals! That was some crazy shit. Emotionally draining but in a different way. It’s one that I want to discuss with everyone who sees it. So I’ll be back for your review when you see it! Come & find me when you do! You’re smarter than me so you can explain it all to me. : )

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