We wanted to see a movie. We checked out the titles against the ratings in IMDB. Arrival came out top by quite a distance. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, it’s a movie about the first contact with aliens. Twelve huge spaceships appear simultaneously in different sites around the world. Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Adams) is recruited to figure out how to communicate with the aliens. Everything is set up for an interesting piece of entertainment. Instead, I found it slow, drawn-out, and implausible. I won’t give any spoilers, but I will say that the central rationale for what is going on the movie did not work for me. In a word: disappointing.