Movies that are slightly off.
Everything is Connected
A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Based on the award winning novel by David Mitchell. Directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis.
"What is an ocean, but a multitude of drops?" - Adam Ewing
I think the only sensible way to review this film is by each of it's inter-twining stories. In chronological order, of course:
Time and setting: South Pacific Ocean, 1849
Genre: Sea-faring adventure/period drama
Protagonist: Adam Ewing (Jim Sturgess)
Well, I suppose a good place to start is the worst place to start, because things can only get better. Although the events of this section are meant to be small and cramped to show the gravity of the events that are to follow, this doesn't seem to gel with the rest of the story. The other stories have a bigger scope, while nothing much happens in this…
David Mitchell’s novel is one of the most impressive novels I have ever read. It is an exercise in style, an exploration of the nature of humanity and a narrative of hope, an appreciation of art and a glimmer of redemption for a self-destructive race. That is what I got out of it, but the book is so complex that multiple interpretations are possible and there is always the chance that people will not take anything from it at all. That’s the nature of any form of art. Where the film fails to be a successful adaption of the novel on that deeper level for me, it more than succeeds in distilling a common thread from it, structuring the complex…
It speaks volumes of a filmmaker when they can fluently negotiate, perhaps perfect, multitudinous genres during their careers. What speaks even louder and distinctive volumes is that adept versatility showcased in and confined to a singular film, which navigates genres in such a fluid manner that the coalition of possibly conflicting styles is in fact flawless. Cloud Atlas is one such phenomenal film for the Wachowski's and Tom Tykwer, and what they orchestrate beneath the 172 minute smokescreen is unparalleled, exceedingly audacious and possibly, in due time whilst the film ferments, a revered classic in cinema.
Historic and futuristic; comedic and mightily dramatic; thrilling and introspective, Cloud Atlas traverses an abundance of eras, harnessing the theory that each choice we…
Having read the book only after seeing the trailer a few months ago, I was never in the camp that thought the book should/could never be turned into a film. I read the book with an almost insurmountable amount of hype behind it, but it met those expectations handily. The film has been hyped even more than the book, with good reason! The book is epic and dramatic, spanning vast amounts of time and space. Even though it has one of the most interesting and impressive narrative structures of all time, the narrative is secondary in importance to the themes holding the disparate characters and circumstances together. How do you turn such a book into a movie without failing miserably?…
The Wachowski siblings have always been ambitious filmmakers even if they have overreached themselves on more than a few occasions. Cloud Atlas is undoubtedly their most ambitious project to date both thematically and logistically. Three directors, six interweaving stories and a big budget independent production dealing with existential questions: At worst it is career suicide, at best filmmakers’ folly.
Although David Mitchell’s original novel deals with the concept of storytelling it never seemed a natural fit for the silver screen. It is simply too dense and sprawling to be considered commercially viable. Therefore it took filmmakers with the vision and financial clout to bring this adaptation into the world. For all its faults, and it does have many, it is…
Six intertwined stories, bridged together by a comet shaped birthmark and the epitome of spiritual uplift known as The Cloud Atlas Sextet. Imagine the weight and difficulty of the task to compose something described as the embodiment of Scriabin's echoes, Stravinsky's footprints, Debussy's chromatics, and, let us not forget, a waking dream. Only a madman would attempt such madness, but all geniuses were often considered mad at some point in their lives, and the world is only this wonderful thanks to the contributions of these mad people with their crazy ideas like frying potato slices to a crisp, adapting unadaptable novels or composing uncomposable music. As I listen to the soundtrack on repeat while I type away on my keyboard,…
Une autre revisite, encore vu la fatigue (décidément...) et c'est encore le cas d'avoir mieux apprécié à ce second visionnement.
Plusieurs éléments qui m'agaçaient sont atténués (entre autres les acteurs revenant dans plusieurs rôles sous des maquillages parfois trop distrayants, même si je comprend le concept) et les récits moins intéressants prennent une forme plus captivante en vue du métrage complet.
Bien sûr, on a affaire à un projet terriblement ambitieux qui propose plusieurs pistes sans que le résultat fonctionne complètement vu le nombre incroyables d'éléments balancés d'un bord à l'autre. En outre, c'est surprenant que ça fonctionne déjà avec une durée aussi ramassée (qui fait tout de même 172 minutes) et malgré une certaine préférence pour certains récits plus…
mite re-watch this for inspiration of one of my screenplay ideas
Muito interessante! É um trabalho incrível e complexo.
A few things had me worried, going in.
First, David Mitchell is one of my favorite authors, but this book drove me nuts. It felt like an exercise in prose gymnastics, some of the 6 main sections brilliant, others maddening. The ambition just wore me down. Also, this film takes some time in finding its footing. The Wachowski Sisters and Tom Tykwer are obviously throwing a warehouse of kitchen sinks up on the screen, a heady collision of genres and tone spanning nearly a thousand years, with a deeply committed and diverse cast throwing gender and race to the wind with a lot of inconsistent make-up and accents. This dovetailed with my biggest worry: by visualizing Mitchell's story for cinematically,…
Häftigt koncept och bra skådespelare. Något spretig
I absolutely love this movie and it's completely disgusting. Like, I am so embarrassed.
I expected to hate this, but surprisingly I actually liked most of it.
The Robert Frobisher story was enjoyable, since it’s a classic Brit Lit tragedy. Likewise, Neo Seoul also had a classic star-crossed lovers story. Halle Berry’s China Syndrome plot was just sort of there, save for her likable interactions with Sixsmith and Napier. London’s beginning was laughable due to Tom Hanks’ accent and the silliness of the murder, but I liked Hugo Weaving’s Mrs Doubtfire impression and Jim Broadbent instigating an elderly rebellion and reuniting with his lost love. Ewing on the ship wasn’t particularly interesting except for the sailor proof scene. The dialogue in the Zachry future Hugo Weaving demon story was so irritating that it almost ruined any possibility the story had, but Hanks’ campfire story was a nice capper.
Ultimately, though, even though I liked it while watching it, it's a 3 hour film with no emotional connection that hasn't stuck with me.
Beautiful in its scale, style and substance.
It's one thing to attempt. Its another thing entirely that the film works so well
Has this film become a cult classic yet?
(((((((( www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEw5W03G20A ))))))))
the greatest actor of his generation
Complete list. :-(