Monday, September 15, 2014

the review I fear to write

Many moons ago, I purchased the Wachowski/Tykwer film "Cloud Atlas," and only last week got around to watching it. The movie is a hodgepodge of both the excellent and the execrable, but as is the Wachowskis' wont, it's primarily an idea film, and on that level, I have much to say about it. Trouble is, I have so much to say about it that I'm pretty sure the review is going to bloat into a piece the size of "The Tao of Chance." So I need to take some time to steel myself and psych myself up before I sit down to write this post. I'm very tempted to take the opposite tack, i.e., to condense my thoughts into a brief, two-paragraph review. But that would feel like cheating, and I wouldn't be able to explore the length and breadth of my thoughts on "Cloud Atlas."

So expect a massive review sometime in the near future. Not sure exactly when I'll get around to writing it, but I promise it will appear eventually, along with other promised pieces.



  1. If it helps...

  2. Thanks, Steve. I liked your review enough to have read it twice already, and I think you and I are generally in agreement, although for me, the makeup jobs weren't just a minor quibble: there were moments when the bad prosthetics jarred me out of any suspension of disbelief. That said, I generally liked the film for its spirited attempt at capturing something deep about the possible nature of reality—or of the human reality, at least.

  3. Looking forward to your review. I read the book and watched the film. I liked it, but I've noticed I haven't rewatched it.



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