My take(s) on Cloud Atlas.
Even the process of finding a single image to respresent this film is a challenge… so I settled on the above which is as
good relevant as any other image from within this insane cinematic quilt.
What can I possibly say about this movie? Smarter men than I have tried—and similarly “failed”—but I if you’re thinking about seeing Cloud Atlas I urge you to read Roger Ebert’s excellent write up, as it’s less a review dependent on his thumb pointing up or down and more about the mindset one should take into the theater for an experience such as this. Reading his take on things, and a subsequent article he hosted at his blog (Six Keys to “Cloud Atlas”), really really put me in the right headspace to truly enjoy seeing this movie last night with Tha Kate.
But where to begin?
I assume you already know the basics… that this is an interwoven collection of tales that span hundreds of years… a blend of romantic fantasy, historical drama, dystopian apocalypse, futuristic sci-fi with lasers and “fabricants,” etc… utilizing actors in many roles that may be connected (or not), three different directors and three different film composers.
It makes no sense. It totally shouldn’t work. I have a few movie-loving friends who swear it’s one of the most pretentious and horrible movies of all time.
I think I loved it.
I think it’s less about reincarnation than karma and connectedness.
I think it has elements of The Wire (an intricate multi-level story arc that is, at first glance, not obvious) and Moulin Rouge (visually jarring, breathtakingly beautiful, chaotic, Jim Broadbent, the triumph of love). Of course, these elements aren’t direct or universally obvious (other than the fantastic Broadbent), it might just be me that sees things this way. I think that peculiar and pliable individuality is one of the lovely things about cinema that Cloud Atlas got so right.
I think if you enjoy philosophy or participate in the creative arts you owe it yourself to see this film.
I think there’s a very good chance you’ll still hate it, though.
I think it moved me to tears three times.
I think people left too early. I don’t say this because there’s a gag reel following the credits—there’s not (h/t themattsmith for that one)—but because if you don’t need at least a few minutes to absorb what you’ve just taken in then I don’t understand you and I don’t respect the way you watch important/challenging movies. I don’t care if you end up hating it, but dammit take a couple of minutes to let it swirl in your skull and heart, you know?
I think I love M83’s Hurry Up We’re Dreaming even more than I did last year.
I think any controversy surrounding the supposed racism and yellowface in this production is baseless and total bullshit.
I think I was completely enthralled by this movie from start to finish, but I understand those friends of mine who claim to have checked their watch multiple times and thought the end was unmercifully long in coming.
I think this is a movie about choices, destiny, humanity, slavery, joy, tyranny and freedom, fear and love.
I think, just like life, it’s a beautiful mess… and I
want need to see it again.
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