Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Double Movie Review: Moonlight & Arrival

Allison and I hit up 2 Oscar Best Picture contenders in the last week - Moonlight and Arrival. We should be able to get at least 2-3 more in during November, and we'll be well on our way for the Oscars!

Plot: A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Review: This movie went from stressing me out to making me cry to boring me and back around. This character just breaks your heart throughout, and Allison and I were rooting for him because he was just beaten down so much. The ending wasn't really an ending, but we both think we liked it? Overall, we didn't think it was nearly as powerful as all the reviews say, but it was a good movie. Rating: B

Plot: A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.

Review: Man, this movie got to me. Not because of the alien storyline {which was only so-so}, but there is this whole other plotline that doesn't really make sense for why it's happening until then end and then it's like HOLY COW. The way it weaves into the main story was a biggie, and I was just bawling at the end {pregnancy hormones definitely played into it} to the point where Allison and I had to sit in the theater for a few minutes so I could clean myself up. I'd be curious to hear what other people think of this one! Rating: A-


Anonymous said...

Can't believe I liked a movie about aliens so much!! Definitely better than Moonlight. On to the next movies... - AP

Karen said...

I really didn't like Arrival. I was totally into it, other than my feminist annoyances, but the end does not make sense AT ALL. What ultimately happened is totally lacking in logic and made me mad. I felt cheated. Which wasn't fair because I had really been excited about that one.