2016's Arrival was a different kind of Sci-fi, it's where while we often have explosive action, this one is calm and studies time and communication. We follow Amy Adams' Louise Banks, a linguist who's sent to the military to examine one of many spaceships of an egg-like shape, aiming at seemingly random locations throughout continents, in which humanity only sees as a threat. The film's score goes from calming to haunting as they encounter one of the ships, then enter an anti-gravity entrance, as soon Louise and Jeremy Renner's Ian Donnelly will meet two squid-like life forms.
These aliens (who are humorously nicknamed Abbott and Costello) spread their ink into a unique language which Louise and the team would take months to decipher. There's even a point where Donnelly narrates how long it takes to solve the aliens' code as if the film became a documentary.
Before the excellent Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villevenue crafted one of smartest sci-fi movies you'd see. It has great visuals, and the kind of narrative and story structure where you have to watch it more than once. I haven't reviewed this the first time because I might not have followed every detail, but it's when I saw it again that I was able to appreciate the film more. A
(Note that I would have added a joke, but it's not that easy on a movie like this, so insert your own here.)