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wow, I mean, I don't even know where to start...
but that's its THREE FUCKING HOURS LONG
I very much wasted my day off.
if the trailer's so laced with obvious CGI that you feel like you're watching a cut scene from a Rockstar game then it's probably not going to be an entirely fulfilling film.
which looks utterly awful. It looks like a Pixar film.
Obviously my general dislike of Tom Hanks doesn't make me warm to him made up to look like Philip Seymour Hoffman either.
Toy Story 1 and 3, Apollo 13, The Money Pit, Dragnet and Turner and Hooch (although this is really pretty bad apart from Hooch).
But a lot of that is down to the directors of those films and the writing. His Oscar acceptance speeches made it hard for me to like him and while he can act well generally, he has massive issues with being 'in distress' which tends to result in him just yelling madly and overacting horribly. It grates a bit even when Woody does it because you can hear him doing that. One of the joys of Apollo 13 is that his character is so emotionless he doesn't get a chance to stretch that side of things.
Well, he's above Tom Cruise because Cruise is downright horribly creepy in real life and it's hard to really watch any film with him in without remembering that.
but I don't think I'm the target audience film being as I hate a) the book of Cloud Atlas and b) everything the Wachowskis have done (bar the first time I saw The Matrix, probably).
Vaguely tempted to watch it due to my love of Jim Broadbent and Ben Whishaw, but I think it'd make me too angry.
broadbent and whishaw are quite good together for a bit and then even that gets ruined.
And the book is also one of my favourite books.
Thought it tackled the stories in a different way which i really liked. Was really well edited and actually the three hours didn't feel anywhere near as long.
I there is a massive benefit in having read the book, particularly at first when you are introduced to everyone and it's moving so quickly.
be interesting to hear what other people who also read the book thought.
put it that way
then that shouldn't be a reason not to read the book. Because the focus of the film is quite different.
the book is brilliant.
Looking forward to just seeing how anyone would attempt to make it into a film.
"fucking" a lot, that was good, and the rest was very good I thought.
looks simultaneously incredible and terrible
i love stuff liek that!
It wasn't even really enjoyable trash, wish I'd gone to see the Paperboy :P
it would be anything other than shite
Sthrathclyde Uni, hiya, because it took so long to get there
My thoughts: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/105601759
Perhaps not the worst, but given the amounts of blinkered praise heaped upon it and the way some fans of it attack those (like me) who dare to voice an opinion other than wanting to constantly fellate David Mitchell (the author aka the Messiah), I think it warrants being avoided
"...it's a violently shit novel and a new low in post-modern self-indulgence."
I liked it. But I am 21 and therefore in the midst of my under-graduate-post-modernist-self-indulgent phase I guess.
Although, have you actually kept a track of when and where I posted it? Impressive....
well rant really: http://heff88.tumblr.com/post/43491272475/cloud-atlas-review-so-then-where-to-begin-with
but the short version is, it's a complete fucking mess.
It sounds like they made a very good adaptation of the book
i.e. confused, pretentious mess
my 'review' is a confused, pretentious mess, because the film forces you into such a state
Very accurate, in comparison to my feelings on the book. Which is why I said they must have made a good adaptation
it looks pretty similar to my problems with the film.
It's just staggeringly dumb and with this air of pretension that it genuinely believes its a work of art just because its 6 short stories tenuously linked...
Its completely all over the place and I hadn't read the book but I want to now, contrary to what was said above. It may have been because I had just seen To The Wonder beforehand which made me age about 10 years.