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Black Panther (2018)
A superhero story that pays respect to pan-African cultural heritage
A fast-paced, terrific watch featuring many well-renowned and budding actors alike. While it might not have been the first black superhero film as many had pointed out, "Black Panther" brings Sub-Saharan-African culture into the spotlight by combining many elements of pan-African tradition (such as speaking Xhosa and English interchangeably) with American-style superhero story.
Finally, a sci-fi film that celebrates the world of linguistics
I don't usually review films on IMDb, but the film "Arrival" definitely deserves a perfect rating and a review. Seeing this film is like discovering a holy grail for students and fans of linguistics alike. As a polyglot, I love being able to see a sci-fi depicting a linguist trying to figure out an alien's language and the consequences of being able to communicate in their language.
I profoundly appreciate the fact that Hollywood is able to explore the theme of alien visitation without having to rehash the heap of manure in form of "Alien Attacks!!!" or how an "American Superhero saves the world from those alien overlords!!!" that has over-saturated the monde of American films in recent decades.
Amy Adams' emotional performance as the linguist (and as the only character who matters in the film, really) also helps to bridge the aliens to humans...and bridge the aliens' language to the viewers of the film.
In a way, this cerebral theme of alien sci-fi is reminiscent Interstellar (except for the fact that the "alien" in Interstellar is of a completely different entity...I don't want to reveal spoilers here), in a way that the opening of the film provides major clues to the key of the plot.
Because, as the film "Arrival" reveals later on, the key to life and everything else may lie closer to us than we think.