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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Report Card---"Cloud Atlas"

I'm going to handle this one a little differently.
I'm going to reveal a key piece of information about it that I wish I had before I saw it, because I would have enjoyed it that much better.
It becomes apparent very early on that Tom Hanks and the other key actors are each playing several parts. In the first half-hour or so, it seems like there are roughly half-a-dozen Peter Sellers running around.
It seems a little gimmicky.
You find yourself mostly trying to guess if that's the same actor in different makeup, or another actor.
It seems distracting.
My advice is, make the buy that they are doing this, and don't let it affect your enjoyment of the film.
If you do that, you will much better appreciate the enormous payoff that awaits you.
This is a movie that is very life-affirming, and very afterlife-affirming.
Just go with it.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it controversial?


Is it a story worth telling?

It is about six stories worth telling.

Is it good storytelling?

It blows you away.

Is it well written?


Is it well cast? Well played?, Well shot?

Superbly, in all respects.
As I watched it on my sixty inch flatscreen, I felt a little disappointed that I didn't see it in the movies in 3D.
I found out later that it wasn't shot in 3D. I was stunned.
The film is gorgeous.

Is it too long? Too short?

It is a very long film, and you are aware of its length, but if you were me, you wished it would never end.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

A tremendous effort is made to make it believable and make you care about the characters. And all the effort is worth it.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Nothing is predictable, and the payoff, as I indicated, is spectacular.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

A whole lot.

Is it funny?

Here and there.
It's not really about humor.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?


Is it impressive ?

One of the most impressive films I have ever seen.

Overall grade: A+.

I love movies that are a triumph of imagination.
This is that.


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