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CursedFerret

Cloud Atlas: a Short Review

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.

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Added: 6 years, 1 month ago
 
dmfalk
6 years, 1 month ago
Your assessment is correct, and I personally agree with you- It IS one of the most brilliant films to have been made in sone time, and yes, it DOES require multiple viewings, just to pick up on all the little interconnections between the six stories. Tom Hanks and Halle Barry are the central actors throughout this epic work that itself is very reminiscent of a similarly epic work made at the same studio 85 years before- Metropolis. (A movie only now appreciable, since most of it's existence, less than half of the original film had been seen until very recently- The 2010 restoration is worth getting on DVD.)

I, for one, can't wait to see Cloud Atlas again! I enjoyed it the first time through, and both my mother and I want to find more of the interconnections in further viewing. This is on my DVD-to-buy list as well. (Had to watch the movie between World Series games... ;) )

d.m.f.
CursedFerret
6 years, 1 month ago
Why do you not come to my movie streams XD
dmfalk
6 years, 1 month ago
*laughs* Well, let's see... My old iMac (2001 "lampshade" model-- Needed it because the screen's on a movable boom) isn't powerful to handle the stream; my iPod touch can, but... Not the most comfy to watch on a handheld screen; and some damn fool idiot (my mother) hogs the 32" widescreen from 9am-11pm (Pacific time), unless she's out for bingo on Thursday nights (2-3 times a month), so I only get to use the TV late at night or when she's out... :P (She's 66, BTW....)

Even still, I'm not the most participatory person out there- I don't involve myself on any IM/chat systems at all... But if I had the opportunity, yes, I'd probably watch some streams.

d.m.f.
KNIFE
6 years, 1 month ago
It's too bad they did this as one film because truly it
was made to be multiple. I do plan on seeing it but
not sure If it'll be better in theater or at home where
you CAN go back and watch it over as many times as
you need to get what you missed.  
CursedFerret
6 years, 1 month ago
Actually, I am glad. Look at the Matrix >.>
Joseph
6 years, 1 month ago
I can't believe Chile gets to see this before us in the UK. Got'ta wait till goddamn February before it's released here.
CursedFerret
6 years, 1 month ago
That sucks. Hope they do not push back the other hopefully great films coming out this winter. I would suspect Les Miserables will come out on time for you.
KNIFE
6 years, 1 month ago
Ya that's the bad example..but on the other hand look at Harry Potter. :)
dmfalk
6 years, 1 month ago
Odd, considering that although it's in English, it's a German production. WB only has the US/Canada rights, although it was already shown at the Toronto Film Festival more than a month ago. (Got a 10-minute standing ovation, too.)

d.m.f.
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