Screening during the first annual Martians and Monsters Science Fiction Film Festival, The Arrival of Wang is a fantastic look at first contact with an alien species. Directed by Antonio Manetti and Marco Manetti, the film follows interpreter Gaia (Francesca Cuttica) as she’s offered a very high paying job. Given almost no information, she’s met by Curti (Ennio Fantastichini) and blindfolded before being driven to her destination. When they finally arrive, she’s seated in a dark room where Curti informs her that he needs her to translate into Mandarin so he may question a captive. Demanding that the lights be turned on, Gaia learns that the captive is an alien. The alien says he comes in peace, but Curti is convinced there’s more to it than that.
The Arrival of Wang succeeds almost entirely because of Francesca Cuttica. Her performance as the interpreter Gaia is the highlight of the film. While Curti becomes more aggressive towards the alien, Gaia is always sympathetic. Viewers can feel that she’s uncomfortable, and it’s easy to see that even she slightly questions the motives of the alien. Cuttica handles it perfectly, building incredible relationships between her character, the alien, and Curti, in a very short period of time.
The Arrival of Wang also has some very impressive effects. Some tend to stand out a bit too much, but the alien is extremely well done. During the interrogation, which takes up much of the film, there are many moments where you’ll wonder if the alien is computer generated, or an actor in a suit. Scenes involving spaceships aren’t quite as successful, and the overall story is a bit too predictable, but the final product is well worth it.
Is The Arrival of Wang Essential Monsters and Martians Viewing?
Yes. It’s worth it just to watch the performance of Francesca Cuttica. Even with a slightly predictable story, the ending is thoroughly satisfying, and the effects used for the alien are impressive.
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