Cloud Atlas - Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
*Editor’s note: I hated David Mitchell’s novel. The first half is great fun until it gets to “Sloosha’s Crossin and Ev’rythin’ After” when I just found it pretty difficult care about anything that was happening. But, I soldiered on because of two characters whose stories I desperately wanted to know the end; Adam Ewing and Robert Frobisher. Besides, a half-read book is a half-finished love affair isn’t it, Robert? When the film was announced, I wasn’t so much excited as I was interested in how they’d pack it all in and how it would be arranged.
And while I can completely understand if you’re unable to look past the prosthetics or if you think it’s just too long, I really loved it.
While the Ewing and Frobisher segments remain my favorites, I was surprised that I enjoyed all 6 and loved the way in which they overlapped were handled. With the exception of the Luisa Rey segment, the film is a lean beast that completely discards the unnecessary chunks of Mitchell’s prose and how it happily/madly jumps between stories in way that is consistently compelling. I’ll be honest and say that there was a moment when I dozed off (Luisa, I’m looking at you…) but, was genuinely moved as it all came to an end. A few years ago, I blamed my deep love for Speed Racer on nostalgia but am only now realising that I might actually love the Wachowski’s. If ever a case has to be made for the effective use of CGI to tell a compelling and moving story, I’ll probably point in their general direction.