I mentioned last week that Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is one of the best movies of 2016. Artist Peter Konig shared some concepts and designs that demonstrate the craft involved in the film. But if you’re a hardcore sci-fi geek you may be wondering: how does the science of Arrival hold up?
Astrophysics professor Andy Howell takes a closer look at the science of Arrival in a new Science vs. Cinema video essay. The 28-minute video includes interviews with Villeneuve, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and screenwriter Eric Heisserer. Howell also interviews author Ted Chiang (writer of the story upon which the film is based), astronomer Seth Shostak, mathematician Stephen Wolfram, and linguist Jessica Coon.
There’s major SPOILERS, so keep that in mind before watching the video below. Share your own thoughts on Arrival or this video essay in the comments.