Monday, November 26, 2012
'Cloud Atlas': A true masterpiece of a once-believed unfilmable book beyond the capabilities of my feeble mind, or another ambitious failure from the Wachowski 'Brothers' and the biggest big-budget mess of the year? This is the question I've been asking myself since I first saw this film a month ago.
Ordinarily I preach that one should avoid all trailers, spoilers, and plot points before seeing a film. I strongly believe that the less you know about a movie going in the more you'll enjoy it. (Case in point: 'Deadfall'. Avoid the trailers. Just see it!) Of course there are exceptions to every rule, and 'Cloud Atlas' is one of them. I knew absolutely nothing about it going in and I was confused from the first minute and that confusion lasted approximately three painful hours. Is it unintelligible to the uninformed? Was I tired from seeing 16 other films in the previous five days at the Philadelphia Film Festival? Am I a dullard? We may never know the answer to these questions. But one thing was for sure. I was not in a proper position to give this film a grade until I saw it again. So I didn't. And now, a month later, I saw it again. And this time I was ready. I knew what to expect. I knew how it would start and how it would end. How hard could it be to follow it knowing all that? Very, very hard. I still can't follow the damn film. Is it me?? Is it too genius for me?? Or is it an unintelligible mess??? I. Don't. Know. DAAAAAAAAGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
somebody help me.