One reviewer called Cloud Atlas a mess. The film is anything but. There is some argument to be made that, being 6 movies in 1, you don’t get enough time with each character. But there are big laughs in the film (something the reviewers don’t seem to be mentioning), great action, big-picture themes, and the whole effort has a sense of fun. Cloud Atlas is why people make and watch movies. Will it profit? I hope so. But it’s arty (this ain’t no Avengers). Reviewers are polarized but everyone I’ve talked to who saw it loved it.

Writers is light, and will likely appeal like Crazy Stupid Love. I don’t happen to like the title (it seems insular). Romances among a divorced couple and their two kids. Impressive for a debut director. A couple of song choices maybe intruded on the drama (nothing wrong with the songs, just the singers’ performances drew too much attention to themselves IMHO), but the original score was tasteful. Loved the Thanksgiving turkey recipe in the film.

GDR-in-the-1980s prison drama Shores of Hope is Shawshank Redemption meets The Lives of Others. There is one scene in particular that amusingly pays homage to SR (“do you love your wife?”).
A lot of this movie is executed very well, and I bet this film is going to be very good for the lead actor Alexander Fehling, who had a small part in Inglourious Basterds. I was engaged, but wanted to feel more at the end than I did.

Posted 6 years ago by John Piscitello

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