Do not read reviews. Stop watching the trailers and TV spots. Let no one tell you a damn thing about this film, beyond that it is extraordinary fun and a must see. Every detail you know about this film beforehand is a disservice to what just might be a master class in cinematic slight-of-hand and misdirection.
See it. Right now.
Noirish voiceover kicks off an action adventure sci-fi superhero therapy session that features not only some of the darkest material seen in a Marvel film, but also some of the funniest. Redefining who Tony Stark is, what he does and how he does it, and whether he can (or should) continue to be the high tech hero the world has come to worship. Does he NEED Iron Man anymore? More importantly, does Iron Man need HIM anymore?
Also, best post-credits tag to date. Hands down.
Every episode of my Gobbledygeek podcast for the rest of this year could (and should?) be about CLOUD ATLAS and I would be completely happy!
Though I don't feel it's as opaque and confusing as its detractors want you to believe (I felt it made perfect emotional sense every single second of its three hour running time), I realize now how difficult it is to explain the plot and narrative in a casual review.
Suffice to say this film is,…
What could have been a truly spectacular human spirit, will to survive, why we fight sort of film is blemished by some truly ham-fisted "big bad wolf" Hollywood clichés. The actors are all tremendous, particularly Liam Neeson and Frank Grillo. There were two or three scenes that rank among the best and most powerful screen moments in recent years. But I have zero tolerance for films that feel the need to ascribe almost supernatural levels of menace to wild animals,…