Director: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski
Year of Release: 2012
Verdict: A HIGHLY AMBITIOUS WORK!!
One Line Review: 'Cloud Atlas' is a magnificent journey of love,life and death sets beyond time and space. Its told in a beautiful canvas which is visually radiant. The screenplay connects all the dots out there and the well cemented by the tranquil music. However to go far through this journey, its better to read the book first.
A word on David Mitchell's 'Cloud Atlas' before starting - This 2004 Booker prize nominated best seller was differentiated for its matchless narrative structure. The book is a collection of six stories told in six different periods that takes the reader from a 1850 voyage through pacific ocean to a post apocalyptic period. When all the stories are distinct from each other in all sense, Mitchells connects these six vowels in an entirely bizarre manner. Leaving a message to the reader that everything in the universe is connected beyond space and time, the writer explores his themes on the various playgrounds of birth,life,love,death. Its not about six stories, its like a sextet overlapping six soloists. No wonder if you feel this as unfilimable.
By adapting 'Cloud Atlas', Wachowski's and Tom Tyker did something that was believed to an impossible task, proving how creative and ambitious they are. The question is how far did the trio succeed in this herculean task. Fortunately the screenplay is justifying to the book to a great extent and stands out to be one of the most decent movie adaptations ever came in Hollywood - We must not forget the fact that, we are discussion about something that was considered to be purely unfilmable. (Read More...)
The main cast the includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry,Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent ,Jim Sturgess and Doona Bae. Since the movie is playing with themes like Revelation, Reincarnation, Prophecy etc, the main cast recurs in all the six stories as various characters from minors to majors or sometimes as a very quick cameos. The performance from all actors deserves lauding especially Jim Broadbent. He was the best in the whole in the attire of Timothy Cavendish, a runaway publisher. Tom Hanks had his moments but never soars high like his other film. Another pleasant feature of this cast was Halle Berry. Really happy to see her after a long time, that too dancing over a couple of solid roles like Lusia Rey,Meronym and as Ovid, a male Korean white doctor who was totally unrecognizable. Doona Bae as Sonmi-451 was a perfect casting for the role capturing the innocence of the character totally.
|Six stories of Cloud Atlas: (From left to right) - The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing|
Letters from Zedelghem
Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery
The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish
An Orison of Sonmi~451
Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After
However I have to speak about some of the downfalls I felt in this movie. Adapting six stories and compiling it to a 3hr movie is not a simple task, especially when each story have a scope to be developed an independent film of 2hrs. So its quite natural to omit many elements and sharpen the best parts. Unfortunately, the screenplay sacked off some crucial moments from the book, that leaves the audience to baffle a lot. The sacking off also resulted in failing to develop strong bond between the characters, turning it to be beautiful mess with less emotions and moments to keep you at the edge of the seats. For example, the relation affiliation between Jocasta Ayrs and Robert Frobisher was never explored so as the love between Timothy Cavendish and Ursula. The audience wonders why Frobisher faces and emotional dilemma so as what made Autua to hid in Adam Ewing's cabin. The strong bond between the stowaway and a wealthy Englishman was never felt strong. The crew also made a mistake by limiting David Gyasi to one story. Also the narration - when Mitchel polarized the six stories in terms of language, the same was not felt in the movie. Can be forgiven since there is a great difference between what's reading and listening.
|Halle Berry's six Avatars of Cloud Atlas: (From left to right): Luisa Rey,Meronym,Indian Party Guest,Native Tribal Woman,Jocasta Ayrs,Ovid|
'Cloud Atlas' is a magnificent journey of love,life and death sets beyond time and space. Its told in a beautiful canvas which is visually radiant. The screenplay connects all the dots out there and the well cemented by the tranquil music. However to go far through this journey, its better to read the book first.