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  1. Anonymous
    October 28, 2012

    I’m sorry but if Cloud Atlas “fell flat” for you, I suspect it was because you didn’t fully understand it. In fact, you opened your review by stating, “I must be missing the deeper meaning…” You hit the nail on the head. You also stated, “it insists you invest in it with every fiber of your being at all times” — isn’t that the point of cinema? Why go and see a movie if you aren’t willing to immerse yourself in the story at hand?

    I presume you had no prior knowledge of David Mitchell’s novel. Considering how the original book was written, the film was assembled quite masterfully. It’s a shame the general public (yourself included) just didn’t understand this incredible film.

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  2. Black Sheep
    October 28, 2012

    Thanks for your comment. I’ve actually already had this conversation with someone else today oddly enough. When I said, “I must be missing the deeper meaning,” I say so with a slight level of sarcasm. The fact is that reading the novel which a film is based upon is not mandatory to see the film. It must surely enhance the experience that is Cloud Atlas but I just didn’t feel that the film did a good enough job making its point.

    As for the level of involvement, I finish that point by saying for all it demands of the audience, I didn’t feel the film rewarded accordingly. I’m not suggesting an unwillingness to invest but rather that I didn’t feel it worth it in this case.

    Just because people don’t like a movie does not mean they didn’t get the movie. It is a bit insulting to my intelligence, and the intelligence of the general public, which apparently you consider yourself separate from in this instance, to suggest that I’m just not bright enough to get this film. It didn’t confuse me; it just didn’t satisfy me.

    I’m glad you liked the film. I’m glad that your prior knowledge of the novel enhances your experience of Cloud Atlas. You liked it, I only half-liked it. Why can’t we just leave it at that? Is there really a need to call a lot of people stupid to justify your enjoyment of a film?

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  3. Anonymous
    January 14, 2013

    What I Simply would like to’ say is that , it is not so important to understand, even because different layers of meaning are probably there, I have appreciated your review and agree on the fact that the movie works and almost three hours just serm like an epusode of a tv series. Great movie in my humble opinion. I look forward to see The original language version as I have seen it in my country Italy , well adapred, but it obviously looses pathos .

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