WTF has happened to this thread?!?
I step out for a drink and all hell breaks loose....
Let's talk about THE MOVIE, gentlemen.
Profound or not, the core "message" is the necessity or willingness of self-sacrifice for the benefit of others.
Originally Posted by srw1000
The other sub-themes of the film were too heavy-handed: Big oil = evil! Slavery is naughty! Love is really where it's at, baby! Rich and strong feed upon the weak and poor, but ought not to! This felt like one of those profound epics that ends up lacking a profound core.
This thread runs thru all 6 storylines.
It is the underlying choice and ultimate answer for the predicaments the characters find themselves in.
Somehow, somewhere someone has to sacrifice their lives to make the world a better place.
While some may consider this to be a bit of a subversive message, nonetheless, it is an inherent and recurring theme in most of the Wachowski's oeuvre (The Matrices, V for Vendetta).
Overall, I thought the makeup effects in the movie were disappointing and ineffective. Yes, some of the actors were unrecognizable, but many came across as unrecognizably human. In addition to the questionable effect used to portray the Asian characters, others felt so hidden that they lost their connections to the audience. I'm thinking of Hugh Grant's role as the Cavendish brother. He sounded like Hugh Grant, but the makeup was so overdone that he didn't seem human. The same with Halle Berry as Ovid, Doona Bae as "Mexican Woman", and Hanks as Dr. Goose.
Agreed....it pulled me out of the movie more than it should have.
One wonders if the movie might have been better off using different actors to portray the different characters across time and let the audience find their own connections though speech patterns, mannerisms, the comet tattoo, etc., rather than force the effect by making them play multiple roles.
You could be right about that.
In the end, I thought it was worth viewing once, if only to witness a stab at an ambitions movie, but there wasn't enough substance to try and dig further into it, or ever think about wanting to revisit it for either the themes or execution.
I have the book and will be reading it soon.
However, I am not sure I will watch the movie again.
There was nothing said or communicated in Cloud Atlas I didn't know already.
The film is sort of a preaching to the choir
experience for me.
In this world of ours, controlled by powerful and mostly malevolent forces, nothing much will change for the better without some form of sacrifices
Kudos to the filmmakers for having the balls
courage to put this out.