Just saw the movie Cloud Atlas. This is a film that will require a second viewing to fully appreciate, or could end up loathing. However, I really doubt that last part for this might have been one of the best films I had seen. I have not seen any other review on this film just yet but I am guessing that there are people praising this film while others will call it boring, confusing, mismatched methods of film making and so forth.
The film is an anthology of separate stories of separate lives that spans centuries and generations that all interconnect in little ways. You are literally watching a series of different stories and different themes and ways of presenting these stories all together as a whole. It has period adventure, romance, Sci-Fi action, religion, back stabbings,Sex, violence of all form, and numerous other movie themes. It follows the belief of reincarnation and shows how people can change or effect others way in the future, even themselves without even knowing it. You see people who were once bad be good in another and how a simple gesture from the past can cause people to take action centuries later without ever knowing they were connected.
The film is directed and written by the Wachowski siblings and and Tom Tykwer based upon the book of the same name by David Mitchell. They directed different time periods of the films ongoing stories, which will make people think that the different styles to portray the lives of the different characters a blunder and ruin the flow of the film. Not for me. I found it helpful in that it shows that these are different characters and different times and that nothing stays the same.
The film also hosts some great actors in some of their best performances and all them playing an average of five different people throughout the film. You cane spot them easily in some and then the credits how you how they were a part of every story and life presented without even realizing it.
This is a film with a little bit of everything. It has everything you would want to see and everything you would hate. It is both beautiful and ugly. Even the flaws I noticed helped strengthen the over all viewing. I will repeat I can see how this film can upset and confuse people for it really is a highly complex work. But I for one am thoroughly happy to have seen this.
I might change or delete this in the future after a few more viewings but this is how I see it for right now after having just seen it.
5 years, 11 months ago
29 Oct 2012 20:21 CET