I’m sure many of you have read the book, now you can see the movie trailer. I’ve been meaning to read the book for the last six months or so, just haven’t gotten around to it. I’ll definitely need to have it finished by October.
It’s a stunning trailer, and it looks like they are including all the components of the book. I’m surprised it’s out so soon! I knew a film was in the works, but not having seen any kind of teaser, I wasn’t expecting it to be out until next year.
Yup, pretty much. I’d never heard of the book and have absolutely no clue what the trailer is about. Reminds me of that Hugh Jackman movie where he played the same character through different eras of history. Don’t know if that’s actually correct or not.
That said, it looks *awesome *and I really want to see it!
i really enjoyed the trailer, mostly for the way the score interacted with various scenes from the stories. That said, I’m worried about the film.
The themes of repetition and reincarnation are very subtle in the book, barely mentioned. They really serve to tie all the stories together. The trailer took those hinted at themes and bludgeoned you over the head with them.
It also seems like a compilation of every action scene from the book, which contains long periods of no action at all. The freeway chase in Somni’s story was very brief in the book.
Also, a very minor point, but the Cloud Atlas Sextet composed in the second story and listened to by Luisa Rey in the third was a difficult piece of modern classical music, not an ethereal pop piece. (Not that I didn’t like the score for the trailer.)
The book was a difficult but very moving and complex set of interconnected stories, each told in it’s own very authentic voice. I hope the movie does justice to it, but I’m not optimistic. Still that was a beautiful trailer.
Yeah, seconded (well… thirded). I thought the book worked great with it being an ambiguous literary device, but even seeing the author stating in the wiki page that the reincarnation is supposed to be completely literal is a little disappointing. To me anyways.
Well, the movie has premiered at TIFF. Any Dopers see it? Sadly, I did not.
Reviews are interesting - the critics appear divided: some disliked it intensely, but equally, many thought it a masterpiece. To my mind that is indeed encouraging. Obviously this was never going to be a story liked by all.
Big profile of the movie and the Wachowskis in The New Yorker. They discuss the challenge of the narrative complexity and how they established a true line through it. The book’s author is quoted as saying this could be a situation where the movie exceeds the book. Gives me a bit of hope.
ETA: the Wachowski’s dad is quoted, when discussing Larry/Lana’s gender change and the mythical “two people, one brain” relationship between the brothers, as saying: “they are the perfect married couple.”. Ew.
The reviews are absurdly polarized. I’ve never seen such a division. Half the reviewers are raving about how this movie single-handedly revitalized movie-making, and the other half think it is unmitigated crap.
It seems like a given, that if you’re going to review a movie and the source of that movie is a novel and the novel is generally considered to be a bit more complex than most and you’ve seen the trailer and went “Whoa, what’s this about?”, wouldn’t you at least read the freaking Wiki?