Movie: Cloud Atlas (2012)

Posted 16 April, 2020 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.


This was actually the first movie I watched this year, wheeeee! Until the day I watched it I was sort of on the fence whether or not to watch it; I had the book on my wish-to-read but I heard from many people that the movie was a simplistic adaptation that doesn’t do the book justice (well, ranging from simplistic to downright not good). Anyway, I went ahead and watched it, with the plan to read the book shortly afterwards.

Despite of what I heard, I thought the movie was a good introduction to the book and the themes and the different storylines. I thought the future storylines were espcially interesting, of what a futuristic society looked like and their prospective dangers, of the language as it evolved. I thought Timothy Cavendish’s storyline was hilarious, but also pretty sad. Of the six storyline I actually forgot about Luisa Ray for a bit (false ending/cliffhanger there). The Adam Ewing storyline was pretty straightforward, of how an act of kindness goes a long way. And the Frobisher storyline was heartbreaking–Ben Whishaw was perfectly cast here, he does that dreamy artistic lover role so well. I thought it was well cast; I reckon they had a lot of fun playing a wide range of different characters/genders/ages throughout the six stories. LMAO especially at Hug Weaving almost always playing a menacing bad guy; him playing the role of the nurse in the Cavendish storyline was especially LOL.

The soundtrack was phenomenal and honestly stood out for me; I think the soundtrack greatly encompassed a lot of the themes and feelings in the various stories in music form. I’ve had it on repeat pretty much since watching the movie (it’s been four months since I’ve seen it, lol):

Overall I enjoyed watching Cloud Atlas. It was a good introduction to the book and I wouldn’t mind rewatching it again in the future. I did pick up the book almost shortly after I had watched the movie so look out for my book review of it shortly 😉

Rating: ★★★★☆

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