The best Jessica Chastain I've seen.
An allegory of the creative process mixed with a criticism of the chaos of contemporaneity and the impotence each individual is bound to feel in an often apparently declining world, delivered by a Pynchonian-like mad script and incredibly believable performances. It some times teeters on that fine line of the absurd that threatens to make the whole piece implode, but on the other hand builds up to an epic finishing act.
I'm a huge fan of Tolkien and of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy by Peter Jackson. I'd have gone to the cinema with great expectations if not for knowing that this was only going to be the first part of another trilogy. I've read the book a decade ago, but I can still tell there's not enough plot to convert it into three films.
This first part, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, proved me right and this is…
Cloud Atlas is the kind of film you can't really review in detail for fear of spoiling other people's first experience. It follows various characters in different times and explores the connections between them through similarities both in what happens to them and in how they react to events. It's a powerful work, where the argument has been perfectly built, the direction is impeccable and the actors are with no exception at their best performances ever. It's both beautiful for…