We watched Cloud Atlas last night. The book flirted with me for years, I’ve had it in my possession a few times but didn’t get round to reading it. The film version is impossible to describe as a whole – part action, part psychological thriller, part comedy. 1970s car chase and fight scenes through to dystopian styling which smacked of Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner. The attention to detail and the complexity of it’s constituent parts puts this film in the big leagues of brilliance.
The Matrix making, gender bending Wachowskis’ teamed up with Perfume’s director Tom Tykwer and certainly got their monies worth out of the all start cast Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and many more, who each took several radically different rolls through the film. An epic 160 minute beast of a thing that had me captivated from start to finish. Utter escapism.
A beautifully crafted score, and surprisingly simple retrospective central plot theme had the effect of leaving us all with the *ahh* that only a Hanksy feelgood can. The sub plot was incredibly complex though, involving 6 main worlds and timelines and scores upon scores of parts – possibly the longest ever film credits I’ve ever sat through (and yes, I nearly always sit through the credits – being a Yorkshireman, I want to get my money’s worth you see and there’s often a hidden bit, right at the end).
The website is quite remarkable and worth a look under its own merit. Here is a handy-o-rama link. If you haven’t watched it, give it a true true eye look.