Six stories, three time periods and, at least twelve actors playing three or more characters is the makeup of the film “Cloud Atlas”. I am exhausted, excited, confused, enlightened, and ready to go back to the theater and sit through another three hours of this magical intriguing film.
Now is the time I should be explaining the plot or plots of the film but I am not going to. I think that you should make the film your experience and not on the basis of what mine was. I WILL tell you that you will experience relationships, situations, and causes that span from 1849 to 2346 and the magical thing is; there is a connection through all of it.
I have not read the book written by David Mitchell but if his writing is as interesting and consuming as the direction of Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski’s of this film than I can’t wait to download it to my kindle.
Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Keith David, James D’Arcy, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, and Zhou Xun are all wonderful in their many and very different roles. It is almost like seeing them in three very separate and different films at once.
The makeup and costumes make each character and period believable. There IS one thing, there are so many accents and some make believe words that it hard to understand the dialogue; especially when there is some jerk sitting behind you talking on his cell phone, not once but twice during the most important parts of the film.
It is "true true" that I thoroughly enjoyed the film and I really didn't feel as if I had been sitting for 3 hours. As I said earlier, I will be seeing this film again and I encourage you to SPEND THE MONEY and see “Cloud Atlas” in the theaters. Do not take the kids. It is over the head of most adults, it is not for children under the age of 16.
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