Andy Hall wrote:Just got back from Cloud Atlas, amazing film, I will be seeing it again because I did get lost once or twice then clicked again, but clever, ambitious and I would have watchedeach film as stand alone movies
I can see many hating it though, but for me 9/10 what cinema was built for
I saw it too tonight. (this is copied from another forum I use)
Obviously, Spoilers ahead to others.
First thing I'd like to moan about, it's a big multiplex, there's 2 or 3 floors so no shortage of screens. So why was a film with this sort of scope on the night of release put in the smallest screen I've been in at that cinema (with I'd say 2/3 of seats filled), and Movie 43 the other week in probably the biggest screen in the building (with not even 2/3 of a row filled).
but anyway, it's the same film irrespective of size, so on we go...
I feel kind of mixed about it. There's no way I can really say much without giving stuff away. Firstly great acting/makeup/costume. I didn't recognise some of the actors in certain roles, especially cross gender roles. That impressed me.
I feel overall like it was perhaps pushing in too many directions, like it's part comedy, part thriller, part action, part period drama, there's jokes, sex, death, meditations on life, all that was missing was the OAP's having a good sing song. And I kind of felt like I never knew how I should feel. And I think as well I never made enough of an emotional investment in any one story line to really connect and get as much out of it as I should. Like when Sonmi-451 makes her speech, or rather is recounting it, I feel that should have hit hard and had a lot of emotional impact, but I just don't feel I knew the character(s) well enough to care as much as I should.
I also felt the connecting themes should be stronger, and I think the message needed to be driven home harder. Like when Robert Frobisher writes the Cloud Atlas Sextet, I felt there should have been a melody that the character hums or whistles in a life before his current, and then I get that Luisa Rey hears the music play on the turntable in the record store, and I think it plays in the restaurant, but I think it needed to be more obvious like a motif that connects them all thematically. And at the end when Tom Hanks and Halle Berry's character are together, the child asks if he loves her (Berry's character), Instead of basically just saying yes, I felt like he should have said words the the effect, I always have done, and I always will do. As in a previous life they almost end up together, and then he felt they had something despite just meeting her. I get that Hae-Joo Chang / Adam Ewing both try and stop slavery in both lifes, but I felt like they should perhaps have hammered home the idea of life being eternal, and certain things that are meant to be. Almost like pre destiny. I feel like that's the sort of theme that holds the whole thing together, like this inexplicable tie certain people have throughout time, who go through the same things and feel the same things. But all we really get is Sonmi-451 with the one door closes another opens part of the speech, which to me came across more as a sort of, you don't die, you just get reincarnated. The sense of connection that I felt should have been there just wasn't for me.
However it's not all bad. Like I say, fantastic acting, scenery, shots. It was a really good film, and would make however many great short films, it's just the tying together of them that was the only let down for me. One chap loudly exclaimed, that was the longest 3 hours of my life when it finished. But I very much disagree, it didn't seem that long at all to me. I'd still give it 4 fists fists easily, despite my criticisms.