This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Pre shag = entertaining survival movie.
Post shag = absolutely terrible romance / forbidden love movie.
An extra star could be added for the visual artistry and because I like Dennis Villeneuve. The ambition and the intended scope of the film (from production design to the refusal to meet standard film templates) is hugely laudable.
But... fuck me this was a slog to sit through. Wafer thin characters and a contemplative pace do not a 2 hour 40 minute film make.
It's a difficult film to criticise because on the surface it has all the hallmarks…
Unfilmable my ass.
Zack Snyder has created a magnificent movie that absolutely got it right. It's a grand film on a large scale with big ideas and more style than most summer films put together.
I'd recommend repeat viewings before anyone dismissed this as anything but an exceptional film. There is a wealth of material in its 3 hour runtime and a story so dense and intricately woven that it demands to be absorbed fully.
This is a film made…
First they revolutionised the action movie for an entire generation.
Then they made a live action cartoon and redefined the limits of audio visual filmmaking.
For their hattrick the Wachowskis decided to turn their attention to the fundamental's of cinema and proved there is no limit to story telling if you simply dare to try.
Audacious in its aspiration and outstanding in its execution Cloud Atlas is a film to take a moment to stand back and marvel at.
And if that doesn't float your boat then simply watch and have fun picking out all the characters each actor plays.