I thought that was a fitting name to this review since I haven't written in awhile and I miss you guys! Plus, it has to do with this fantastic movie about intersecting life paths, deja vu, and how even your smallest decisions affect the world at large.
The other day, F and I headed to a movie. He had wanted to see Cloud Atlas for a while, and having no memory of what it was about, I agreed. I'm so glad that I did. I loved this movie. It's one of those that keeps you on the edge of your seat, constantly trying to guess what's going to happen next. It's also one of those that keeps you talking, even after the last credit has rolled and the theater lights have been up for quite a while with the ushers giving you the eye. I'm not going to add any spoilers here because you just need to go see this movie, like yesterday, but I will breakdown the different aspects that stood out to me.
Acting: With only about 15 actors and 75 roles, the actors played multiple roles. Not only did they play multiple roles, but they played them incredibly. It is no small feat to conquer a role believably, it is a tremendous conquest to tackle multiple roles and play them without a trace of the other characters bleeding through. Of course, you know that Tom Hanks is amazing, but Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, and Doona Bae don't give up their spotlights easily or readily.
Make-Up: If this movie doesn't get an Oscar for make-up, I give up. It was quite a bit of fun to match the characters to the actors as the credits rolled on. I was fooled by a couple, which says a lot about how truly talented the make-up team was on this film.
Story: There were multiple plots going on at the same time. If you don't like that sort of thing, you may want to pass on this movie. I happen to love that sort of thing and didn't find it too difficult to keep up. That's about as much as I can say without giving anything away!
Go see this movie. It will inspire a great conversation with those that have seen it or those that have any interest in how the smallest of actions can have the biggest impacts.
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