I won’t lie, prior to watching the movie and after repeated viewings of the trailer, I was feeling very ambivalent about this film because I’m rather skeptical about trailers that explicitly list the themes of the said movie in sans-serif ALL CAPS right across the middle of the screen. The epic scale of the storyline hinted at in the trailer alongside the over-the-top soundtrack also did not impress me much and I feared that a movie trailer so full-of-itself can only lend itself to disappointment. Boy, how wrong I was.
Cloud Atlas is what you get when you combine a solid screenplay, talented actors, and filmmakers with a lot of heart. Cloud Atlas is, no doubt, a labor of love. This is the Wachowski siblings at the top of their game and doing what they do best: high-brow philosophy interlaced with gun-fighting action. Also kudos to the lesser known, but no less important, Tom Tykwer. There was clearly a scene that was an allusion to the cult-favourite Run Lola Run (an earlier work directed by Tykwer). The film seamlessly weaves together six distinct stories and manages to deliver one coherent and breathtaking experience. The cast was simply superb and I think each and every one of them gave it their very best. I found each protagonist immensely likable and found it easy to sympathize with each character’s predicament.
Great movies have the ability to inspire us, to move us, and to help us become better, kinder people. Great movies reveals to us the raw intrinsic beauty of life and reminds us to celebrate the sheer joy of being alive. Cloud Atlas is one of the greatest movies ever made and I urge you to take some time to appreciate this incredible piece of art.