Cloud Atlas is a movie unparalleled in scope. Wowing you in ways that only a premier Wachowski brothers film can, I suspect that Cloud Atlas would already be hailed as an instant classic were it not for the demanding length and intellectual difficulty of the film.
I’m not going to go too much into how Cloud Atlas has blazed new trails in cinema; the project was unquestionable in its ambition, and, like Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, proves once again that film can be a proper medium to tell the types of stories that critics are always claiming to be impossible; others have written extensively about that. I’m not gonna bother answering valid criticisms about how some of the movie’s various story lines would be bland on their own; that’s beyond the point of the entire movie.
Really, I just want to say that, while Cloud Atlas is a science-fiction movie, detective story, fantasy novel, romance, comedy, and drama rolled up into one, its focus is pretty straightforward: it’s a movie about what makes movies good–being, a story where compelling, human characters are forced to rise above various obstacles and societal barriers. In a way, Cloud Atlas is a movie about why we like movies. And, if you like movies, you deserve to at least give something as ambitious as Cloud Atlas a honest try.
Oh, and Tom Hanks and Halle Berry are great, as is the rest of the cast. I definitely have got to start talking like those “After the Fall” people.