Monday, April 03, 2017
Ask JKM a Question: Arrival (2016)?
"John, I cannot believe that you have not reviewed Arrival yet on your blog! It is one of the best science fiction movies of recent years, and an award winner too.
Do you have any plans to feature it?
Is there some reason why you are ignoring it?"
David, you are not alone in your disbelief, let me say.
I have had probably ten e-mails from readers asking me to review Arrival.
I have not done so yet because I simply haven't had the time to devote to a film that I know will represent one of my most important reviews in years.
I have seen the film -- and I agree with your assessment -- but sometimes when a movie gets so many things right, and handles matters so beautifully, I pull back. I start feeling insecure.
I want to do the film justice, and get gun-shy, or fear that I will fail to do so.
Yes, I know this isn't a good or healthy response, but I'm being honest. I've been putting off the review since the film was released for streaming a few months back.
I've also been holding back because -- as you may or may not know -- I am a college communication instructor, and Arrival deals explicitly with my subject matter. It deals with something I teach (Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis) and even name-checks it in the body of the film
So again, I'm doubly motivated to get my review right, and therefore putting pressure on myself.
But no more hedging.
Look tomorrow morning, Tuesday, for my in-depth review of Arrival!
Don't forget to ask me a question at Muirbusiness@yahoo.com