I waited so long for this to arrive here only to be let down that it didn’t feel as “profound” as everyone said. At least to my experience.
With its own complexity, Arrival is a cerebral science fiction unlike the generic alien encounter stories out there. Sadly, the profoundness is too subtle for me to perceive just like in most Villeneuve works (Prisoners, Enemy). I can only comprehend the ideas on the surface, not the deep whatever philosophical concept Villeneuve trying to convey.
That being said, the movie was great and I was just lost in translation.