Arrival: First Contact with Grace, and Ideas

Many science fiction films devote huge budgets to world-building, creating a place that feels real and allows us to experience what we can only imagine. Unfortunately, for too many of those films the initial act of world-building is only a brief prelude to their primary concern, which is world-destroying. Certainly the most overused word in science fiction film is “boom”. Arrival…is refreshingly short on explosions.