It's structure is a tough one, as it starts full-force, but what we have after is pure human struggle to live and survive. It's a beautiful (white as it is) testament to this family. Tom Holland is extraordinary in his lead role, the score is violent, yet gorgeous, and the scene with Geraldine Chaplin with one of the younger sons looking at the stars is by far the most beautiful scene the film has in which tropes (though maybe true moments in real life) are used in some abundance.
“ I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but above all I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man just like you." – Lancaster Dodd
Much like his character Mr. Dodd, Paul Thomas Anderson seems to be hopelessly inquisitive, and thus a confounding, enigmatic auteur and artist… which makes it hard to believe he is a big name Hollywood director. Take away Terrence Malick, and he’s probably the closest director Hollywood has that has not…
"A half finished book is, after all, a half-finished love affair." - Robert Frobisher
Cloud Atlas is itself a half-finished love affair - to life, love, birth, death, the soul. It does not neatly come together, nor does it contain any true, solid arcs of story. Piecemeal, it is strung together, just like this existence of ours, and it is only half-finished until it is eclipsed by its ending, death.
All these stories come and go, intertwined, ever-connected by the…