Essential plot rundown: 6 different stories are loosely connected. Yea, thats about as simple as I can put it. I've been wanting to see this for a long time, ever since I saw the trailer about 5 months ago.
Cloud Atlas is more like 6 mini films all edited together. There are 6 different stories that transverse time that all star the same actors in different racial and gender roles. It's suppose to play on reincarnation, but I'm a simple minded person who likes simple things; I didn't catch the overall theme.
But, I'm getting ahead of myself. I really liked this movie; it's probably one of the better ones that I've seen from 2012. It's interesting and engaging; I never got bored during the 3 hour runtime. And it seems like the type of movie that will make more sense the more you watch it.
Like I said, the 6 stories are loosely connected. I had a hard time understanding all of the dialogue (I want to re-watch it with subtitles); therefore, I had a hard time following the details of each story. But the basic concept of each was easily grasped. So, I'm not exactly sure how each story connects with the others.
I found each story (well, 5 out of 6 really) to be really interesting. I was engaged with each plot, wanting to know what happened next. I think that they could have easily taken any of those and made it into its own feature film. And if they did, I would go watch it.
But, the biggest thing about this movie was the choice of casting the same actors in different racial/gender roles. I understand the purpose, about how all things are connected or whatever; but I did find it really distracting. After a while, I got a little use to it, but it was still kind of distracting. And some makeup jobs were better than others. This chinese actress was transformed into a caucasian:
And I thought they did a pretty decent job. It took me a while to realize that it was makeup. Though, the white character totally looks familiar. Hugo Weaving is a very ugly nurse and Halle Berry makes for a strangely attractive jewish woman.
|And make sure you stay for the credits, they show who was who.|
So, overall, I really enjoyed this film. I was engaged throughout. The acting was good. The story was will written. (Though, it is a weird movie). And that's all I have to say.
But that's just my opinion...