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Cloud Atlas, reviews, reviewers, & points of reference

cloud atlasHere’s our friend Hugh Grant in one of his roles in the movie “Cloud Atlas,” you remember him from some of his (same same) roles in romantic comedies (100s of them), such as “Love Actually.” In this role he plays a violent, cannibalistic, rampaging, raping, pillaging aboriginal savage. In another role he plays an equally savage yet “civilized” upper crust rich businessman who tricks his brother into checking into an old folks home run by Nurse Ratchet. These roles are a little different for our man Hugh. As is the film as a whole, a little different for our folks in Hollywood. But then from the likes of (written By) Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski that’s not unexpected. In other words expect the unexpected from Andy Wachowski (check him out on imdb >>).

Anyway, I came across several of the nego reviews on rottentomatoes, for instance:
1. The result is maddening, exasperating, occasionally exhilarating — and mostly boring.
2. Felicitous moments can’t break through the dark nebula of self-importance around Cloud Atlas …
3. Sumptuous visuals and audacious acting, but the quasi-profound message of cosmic connectedness isn’t worth all the trouble.

Now just for fun, let’s substitute one or two words in those reviews to get a little better perspective on the

actors in cloud atlast

TOP: Tom Hanks in 3 of his different roles in the film. Bottom: Halle Berry in 3 of her roles.

reviewers who wrote them. Here they are again:
1. The result is maddening, exasperating, occasionally exhilarating — and I am mostly boring.
2. Felicitous moments can’t break through the dark nebula of self-importance surrounding me
3. Sumptuous visuals and audacious acting, but the quasi-profound message of cosmic connectedness isn’t worth all the trouble because it was totally lost on me.

Here’s my review of Cloud Atlas:
Very good film, not great, but very good, fantastic performances by everyone in the film, excellent direction, and and AND:

a concept and story that is completely off the reservation for Hollywood. In other words it has NOTHING to do with the usual formula for a “blockbuster” film in the US of A, which is what this is considering the cast list, and budget.

On that last point alone, the film is worth mention. I recently saw Oliver Stone’s “Savages” with a friend, and that film also got very mixed reviews, again the same thing in play.
How can a reviewer review a film/book/theater or even visual art creation for which he has no reference point for the concept? Do ANY of the reviewers have the integrity to fess up to not getting the concept for these kinds of films?

OF COURSE not.

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Gotta love this, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) in his Nurse Ratchet role in Cloud Atlas (foreground)

What we get are fair to middling to rotten reviews of sometimes brilliant films from reviewers who don’t have a clue. With Oliver Stone’s “Savages” there was not one reviewer who got the point he was making about living as a savage can either be living below the societal level of understanding and quality of life – or it can be living ABOVE societal understanding and quality of life. In short civilization has it’s shortcomings, and choosing something other than civilized society can be extremely rewarding. No one understood. Sorry Oliver. I understood.

I also understood that the “message” of Cloud Atlas is not as cool as Ryan Gosling’s “Drive” which is not a message at all, just a character portrayal of a repressed-to-the-point-of-robotism guy who is mistaken for really-cool-tough-guy – which fits the description of all the comic book hero characters we’re seeing now in theaters ranging from Spider Man to Batman, etc etc etc etc, fucking etc. That kind of character is cool. Cloud Atlas, which is a commentary on the intelligence inherent in nature and existence, is not so cool because intelligence, sensitivity, and synchronicity are not cool in the US of A. Tough is cool.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is making a come back in Hollywood along with Sylvester Stallone right now, what does THAT tell you?


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