Into the Interconnectedness of All Things? Then explore ‘Cloud Atlas’ from one mind shore to another.

I’ve encountered a few folks who can’t seem to make heads or tails of this film. Does that signify some fundamental dysfunction with their brain-pans or something else? I have no idea. Some people find this film too confusing to follow. Others seem blind to its subject/theme/ideas — much like the people who complain about the ‘details’ in The Lone Ranger while missing out on the huge outraged SHOUT against injustice the film serves. Yes, The Lone Ranger is much more than a fun gig when it takes on genocide, exploitation of everyone and everything, and the military – industrial complex. If you can’t ‘see’ that then perhaps we might have a little film dissection course online at some point in time.  But–Cloud Atlas is the name of this post game. Yes, I’ve beat the drum for this film previously. And I’ll probably beat it again in the future. It’s not a perfect film–but it is a truly GREAT film for all it endeavors to accomplish. It’s not an accident that it is the film it is.

Enjoy the trailer.

Anyone have any other film to recommend that even comes close to the quality of Cloud Atlas? Come on, I know there are all sorts of things going on in the universe about which I have no clue. Share and share alike, please.

OOps, yes, Cloud Atlas is also a book by David Mitchell.  —>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_Atlas_(novel)   Yep, the Wikipedia piece is rather interesting all by itself.  Hmm, something about the first edition cover art is just so engaging to my eye.

 

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14 Comments

  1. simonhlilly said,

    September 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I saw the book around for years, picked it up, put it down, y’never know with hyped books… So I didn’t, even though the title drew me. Back blurb must have been not do good, i reckon. Saw the film on a long flight. Even in those conditions, one of the richest pieces i believe i have seen, visual,philosophical,humorous,wide-reaching, useful etc.etc. a film I believe could be seen upwards of six times and not get tedious…

    • September 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      We are in agreement, simon.
      I think you may be right about the book blurb. I found this book next to another with nearly the same title, The Cloud Atlas by Liam Callanan, which is also an excellent piece of writing, in my mnd. While they are very different books in many ways–they each explore common ground from different perspectives. http://www.liamcallanan.com/cloudatlas/tca_main.htm

  2. September 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I haven’t had the pleasure of either but your recommendation is making me consider the title. Watching the trailer I understand how the message might become lost in the madness, especially for my ‘mature-generation’ senses. I grew up in a quieter era and am easily overwhelmed by awesomely dramatic music and special effects. I think I’d like to watch it though, but am considering reading the book first.

    • September 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Cindy, if the film’s visuals and story line switch ups become overwhelming, for the reason you cite, then I suggest taking breaks, rewinding and coming back to the film instead of just ‘leaving it’. It has so much to offer as a piece of storytelling, musically and visually. Go for it! If you do go exploring, please share how your adventure turns out.

  3. Johnny Ojanpera said,

    September 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I’ll have to check this out. It looks interesting. Your description reminds me of a David Lynch film.

    • September 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Hello Johnny. Of a particular David Lynch film or Lynch films in general?

      • Johnny Ojanpera said,

        September 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

        Since I haven’t seen the film or read the book, I would have to say in general. Some of his movies are very difficult to interpret, and take multiple viewings to ‘get’. This one sounds to be in the same vein.

      • September 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm

        As in Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks–yeah, Lynch.
        Cloud Atlas is not so devious or evasive as Lynch’s works.

  4. slpmartin said,

    September 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Had thought about seeing this film…now I will definitely have to add it to my viewing list.

    • September 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      I doubt ‘you’ will be disappointed, charles. As a poet and visual artist it should agree with you.
      Thanks for enjoying the Breakfast Specials.
      Please do not hesitate to let me know if the dialogue falters or needs tweeking. 🙂

  5. lesliepaints said,

    September 30, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Well. I read the book, first, and did not want it to end, really. I watched the movie after you suggested it and caught myself fascinated with how they brought the book to life, as there was too much in the book to include it all. I found both, fascinating. I am no good at critiquing movies or books, but both are so deep and there is a strong art “bent” to both.

  6. September 30, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Such films intrigue me – I’ll be looking for it.

  7. October 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    This was an absolutely wonderful, inspiring film. I am so glad that I got to see it in the theater. Having watched the trailer again – thank you – I think I might rent Cloud Atlas and watch it again. And/or check out the book. (Though that can sometimes be a double-edged sword when you’ve seen the movie.) Aw, what the hell …. 🙂
    jeanne

  8. October 5, 2013 at 12:49 am

    I’m a sucker for movies that go beyond the linear fare that most movies are today. If people struggled with it, perhaps it’s because it’s not your typical narrative. I’ve seen Cloud Atlas twice, so far, and enjoyed it just as much the second time around as I did the first.


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