Sound Off: Wachowskis' & Tom Tykwer's 'Cloud Atlas' - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
October 26, 2012
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Fear. Belief. Love. Phenomena that determine the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue after we perish." It's time. The latest film from the Wachowski Starship, Andy & Lana, with director Tom Tykwer, adapting the David Mitchell novel Cloud Atlas, is now playing in theaters. An ambitious, grand, sweeping epic interweaving six storylines, with actors like Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Doona Bae and Ben Whishaw playing multiple roles. So how is it? A masterpiece, or a massive failure? Time to voice your own opinion. Once you've seen it, write a comment with your thoughts on Cloud Atlas.
To light the fire, I completely love this movie. When I first saw it in Toronto, I gave it a 10 out of 10. Upon a second viewing, I might lower that score down to 9.8 for a few minor nitpicks I had, but beyond that, this movie is a "massive accomplishment", as I am quoted saying in many of the TV spots promoting this film. Cloud Atlas is an extraordinary, emotional, entertaining and exciting storytelling achievement in the way it intertwines six individual storylines into a much bigger exploration of oppression and freedom. I love the re-use of actors throughout the stories and had no problems with the make-up, because I was lost in the bigger universe they established. I believed the characters. This movie is an experience, not just a film. It's a beautiful masterwork of independent filmmaking and storytelling, and one of my favorite films of the year.
I could go on and on about Cloud Atlas, as it's a film that is endlessly discussable on many levels. Not only about its themes and morals, but about the filmmaking within it, its balance of stories, the editing between them, the unique performances across all the different timelines ("true true!"). Even those who didn't love it can still talk about it, and I invite everyone to get into these kind of philosophical and cinematic discussions.
What did you think of the Wachowskis' and Tykwer's Cloud Atlas? Masterpiece or huge mess? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!