[Marxism] Fwd: Arrival | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Nov 15 09:45:14 MST 2016

Since “Arrival” opened only last Friday at my local Cineplex, I was 
rather surprised to see no more than 5 or 6 people in the theater last 
night for the 10:15 show. Given its 93 percent Fresh rating on Rotten 
Tomatoes, I expected to see hundreds instead. The first thing that 
entered my mind was that the word-of-mouth on the film was probably not 
very good.

After settling in with my wife, it was obvious that the common folk were 
smarter than the critics who fell all over themselves praising the film 
to the skies. After 20 minutes or so, my wife turned to me and 
whispered, “Do you like this?” I told her I did even though my main 
motivation was to stick it out to the bitter end since this was one of 
those overhyped films I owe it to my readers to avoid paying good money 
on. I encouraged her to return to our apartment and watch something on 
the Bravo network that would have been far more intelligent than this 
metaphysically obscure science fiction yarn.

I was hoping for something approaching “Close Encounters of the Third 
Kind” or “The Day the Earth Stood Still” but the film had much more in 
common with Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”, a film not at all about 
space aliens but about space-time continuum anomalies—the sort of thing 
that Star Trek fans adore. You know, like when Captain Kirk goes into 
the past to advise his younger self. (Yawn.)

full: https://louisproyect.org/2016/11/15/arrival/

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