I am not a big fan of Sci-Fi movies, however yesterday night I really wanted to watch a Sci- Fi movie with my wife. We watched "The Arrival" (2016). I must say, anyone who is reading this, just watch the movie. It's absolutely incredible. I cannot even explain how invested I got into this. However, I will say it's not for everyone. It's quite a "slow" film, but the slow pacing definitely adds to experience, the mystery, awe and... other words to describe how good it is... SO yes, I think it was great and very thought provoking. However, I'm no linguist, but I'd imagine learning/translating a totally alien language would be next to impossible, especially in such a short span of time. Language is shaped by culture and it may not be possible to learn much of the alien language without understanding their culture and history first, especially for a written language. Even learning simple greetings would be extremely difficult since that's also entrenched in culture and history. In the movie, they taught and learned from the aliens using gestures, pictures, and movements, but I'm not sure if that's enough. At the very least it'd take years. This film goes actually far beyond an alien contact story. It's a masterpiece and a must-see movie. It has a stunning construction and a deep philosophical level not to mention the amazing soundtrack you would listen to crying tears of blood. For me it was as good as Interstellar and we know how rare this movies of high quality are.