The whole Nichols clan went to see Cloud Atlas yesterday. Arby’s was a stop on the way of course, what family outing would it be without Arby’s. I had my humongous chocolate shake and the baby girl had their new “awesome” BLT and there wasn’t any complaining, so I am assuming it was good. The baby boy actually likes Arby’s so I wasn’t worried about him. So we had a nice leisurely lunch before we were to enter the fantasy land of the Wachowski brothers, the directors of Cloud Atlas.
How to review Cloud Atlas? It isn’t an ordinary story, I know that it is of course adapted from the book by the same name written by, I believe Joseph Mitchell. First I should say that I enjoyed the movie immensely as did the baby boy. His exact words were “that was an excellent movie!” my hubby liked it, the baby girl liked it with a few qualifying critiques; it was a little long, it didn’t follow the usual linear path of storytelling and she got a bit lost in certain parts. I just went along for the ride and the baby girl was right, at times I wasn’t sure where I was, but I didn’t mind because I was always interested.
Susan Sarandon, who is in the movie, was a guest on the Late, Late Night Show with Craig Fergeson and she said “that if you need to know what the story is about at all times, then this isn’t the movie for you”. She is right, if you need concrete answers in your movie experience, this movie will be frustrating to watch. If you don’t mind letting the movie take you along for the ride than you won’t be disappointed. The scenery is beautiful, the characters complex and engaging, good, bad, love, hate, power and freedom are all themes that are examined throughout the movie.
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry both play six different roles a piece, as do the other actors and the acting and make-up are of the top notch caliber. Each story is a stand alone story yet they flow seamlessly one into another. I haven’t seen another movie like this before, it is a special one due to the special vision of the book that created it.
I recommend seeing it, it’s a movie that makes you think and discuss it afterwards with those that you went to see it with, a wonderful weekend movie.