I wasn't as impressed with her as Meronym as I was with her as Luisa, but I didn't feel that she brought the film down at all. I would say that the highlight performances for me would be Doona Bae, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, and Ben Whishaw.
What has really stuck with me about this film, though, is the score, and I really do hope that it at least scores an Oscar nomination, although after Cloud Atlas didn't even make the shortlist for makeup, I'm feeling a bit grim about its chances of getting anything at the Oscars.
I thought that Doona Bae was fantastic in her segment and should win Vest. On first viewing, Jim Broadbent was a clear #2 for me. But the second time I saw it (I cried... again), the crowd wasn't responding to his storyline AT ALL. They just weren't laughing. That, of course, brought his whole performance down, but I will disregard that, because of the damn crowd. But in that second viewing, I was able to further delve into Whishaw, Hanks and Sturgess.
Hanks as Henry Goose in the first story especially, came alive for me. His 70s Isaac Sachs was great (but that I knew from first viewing). And his presence in the post-apocalyptic storyline was better than I'd thought at first. On first viewing, that storyline had become sort of repetitive, but now, its themes of the origin of religious texts, greed and temptation came through much more. Hanks had suddenly become a standout.
Whishaw: his problem is that he really only has ONE character to play with (how ironic! With CA we are forced to discuss the quality and the QUANTITY of a performance). He plays his character perfectly but... he only has that one... Doona Bae also only has one big role, but she just seems so vital to the overall story of the movie that you simply forget she only has one big part.
Sturgess's Adam Ewing also came through for me. He's great, but his performance didn't "improve" for me as much as Hanks's. His Hae-Joo Chang was very interesting to watch, I must say. It's a very difficult character to play, and he did it.
Conclusion: I have no idea of how to rank these 4 boys... but Doona Bae is still the best.
It's a shame everybody is forgetting about James D'arcy, who I thought did a great job, especially the old Sixmith (those eyes!). But then again, I thought the acting was great througout.
James D'Arcy was definitely fantastic as both Sixsmiths, I just wish we'd seen more of him! That scene between old Sixsmiths and Luisa in the elevator was fantastically done by both D'Arcy and Berry, I thought.
Finally got around to seeing this and it is a cinematic experience and it was simply beautiful storytelling. I was captivated by Doona Bae's performance. It was not perfect but the editing in this was excellent and the soundtrack is magnificent. Especially this:
Definitely one of my favorites of the year. I'll have to see this again.
I would highly recommend seeing it a second time -- I did, and I found it much easier to just relax and absorb all the gorgeous connections in the movie, as opposed to scrambling to keep track of what was happening in each plotline. I definitely loved it even more upon seeing it again.
I cannot wait to see this again when it comes out on Blu-ray in February. This has honestly stuck with me more than any other film in 2012. It's not perfect, but damn is it bravura filmmaking - and so freaking beautiful and emotional.
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I thought this was so beautiful.....
It was at times funny,thrilling,emotional,dark...
The performances were fantastic regardless of the make-up, i would have Cloud Atlas win every ensemble cast award going.
Having just recently watched "Life of pi" I found this film so much more thought provoking and awe inspiring.
I went in expecting a pretentious mess and ended up having a damn good time...I would put this on my personal Oscar ballet for best film in a heartbeat
This review sums up my feelings perfectly
"Cloud Atlas is never boring; I checked the time at one point, saw that we had about an hour to go, and settled back, relaxed and happy to get more."
Legend Mara - lighting up our screens since 2009
Whishaw and Grant were best in show. True True
This film shows sometimes Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes can be joke. right?
Spielberg vs. the Industry. Who Will Win In The End?
I could have done without a lot of the broad comedy, and Doona's Mexican lady was horrible. I really wish there was more of Whishaw's storyline.
Acting wise everyone was so amazing i'm still not sure on who stole the show for me...Whishaw, Strugess and Doona were incredible I thought but I also must give props to Grant, who knew he could be so twisted.
Legend Mara - lighting up our screens since 2009
I think it was a big flaw not showing Broadbent's reconciliation with Sarandon. He gives this emotionally longing speech about not calling her, and the regret he felt, but then we just get a passing line in his typewriter and see them together at the end.
Completely snubbed by the Academy. No editing, score and not even make-up nominations.... Just unbelievable.
I fucking loved this.
Like, this was exactly what I needed. I've been feeling so down about 2012 not giving me any true hit-in-the-gut cinematic experiences, and even though parts of this were not so hot (ugh Jim Broadbent), I was legitimately shaking during . In fact, everything about Sonmi's segment just destroyed me. I am in awe of Doona Bae. How the HELL did she not get more awards traction for this? (I mean, I know exactly how, but she is just undeniable.)
Probably not my film of the year--I think Holy Motors is a more cohesive and polished work--but way, way up there. I'm so glad I caught this in its last leg in theatres. I cannot imagine seeing it for the first time on anything other than the big screen.
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