Watched this twice this weekend with a $1.49 "plan your movie night" offer from Google Play (watched the HD version). What a great film. Sure gave my subwoofer a reason to love life.
Those who don't get it, my suggestion is to consider the film with how it started. It's not necessarily the story of the aliens arriving, but what Louise is talking about in the opening narration. Once you've seen it through you understand, but in narrative structure, if you appreciate "I thought this is where you story started, but it's not. THIS is where it started..." then you should grasp what the gist of the movie is.
Adams and the director play it very carefully when she has her flashbacks. Watching the film again, I saw what they were doing. Very clever.
I too noted the reduced brightness of the image, and wondered why....? I guess to make our world seem a bit gloomy? It seems to take place in winter, so everything is wet and a little overcast, grey. It suits the opening and what you are led to believe is the exposition.
Random thought: holy crap that's a nice house she lives in. If I'd known university professors made that kind of money....
My companion kept asking, "How would you sell this movie? How did it get greenlit? How to you promote this?" I didn't see any trailers, so I don't know. I can say I'm happy that studios are willing to take a chance on a thoughtful sci-fi film with a female lead. It was the story of a mother, an intelligent woman, and OMFG do we need more of those on screen.
I rewatched a favorite, Duncan Jones' MOON, afterward last night. Another example of a thoughtful, well done sci-fi that doesn't need a lot of hoopla and bombast.
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