Episode #179: Arrival of Your Life

header179Dorin and Kendyl discuss “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang and Arrival (2016), get into the paradox of the Book of Life, and wonder at how the adaptation amped up the dramatics.

Question(s) of the Week: Were the added dramatics of the movie worth it? And for the bonus round, did you understand/interpret the story and movie differently than we discussed?

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For other similar discussions, check out our episodes on Star Trek Beyond, The 5th Wave, The True Meaning of Smekday, and Total Recall.

Main Discussion

Story of Your Life

-Ted Chaing

-Published in 2002

Arrival (2016)

-Written by Eric Heisserer

-Directed by Denis Villeneuve

-Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker

Question(s) of the Week: Were the added dramatics of the movie worth it? And for the bonus round, did you understand/interpret the story and movie differently than we discussed?

Next episode: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Previous episode: Doctor Strange (2016)
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One response to “Episode #179: Arrival of Your Life

  1. Great discussion. I watched the film before I read the book so I may have been influenced in a certain way there.
    The overall “design” of the pods – it occurred to us – how would they have been able to construct those ships? However it might be better that we didn’t find that level of detail.
    The flash forwards were interesting. But as with all “time” stories – you cannot avoid a paradox and this was no exception.

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