I hope you’ll grant me this indulgence. As far as I can recall, I’ve never done a movie review. But this will be more of a reflection than anything. And this is a film at the end of its cinema run anyway. Perhaps music or hockey later this week.
As I left the movies this evening, I didn’t pause. Habitually, I would have pulled out my phone, checked text messages, looked at Twitter, all before even leaving the single theater… but I didn’t. I just wandered toward the exit. But my mind was still on the screen behind. Somehow, this convoluted film had managed to connect in a way that Inception had done most recently; Cloud Atlas had left me in awe.
But to open, let me be fair: I can understand Cloud Atlas‘ status on Rotten Tomatoes, I can see why many were left disenchanted by the film. In fact, Cloud Atlas might not be for you. The movie is certainly bloated, and some elements of 3 hour play time are unnecessary or otherwise inefficient. One the movie’s six intertwined stories doesn’t carry the emotional heft of the others. Hell, the very concept might come across as too pretentious if you don’t buy in early.
But for me, what was there was breathtaking, visually, aurally, and from the performances of the actors. And arguably the most important element, the philosophic component… well, we’ll get there in a moment.