In the coming days and weeks I'm sure we'll have a lot more to say about the film, especially its relationship to the book, but for now, here are our initial reactions:
Seth: First of all, don't watch any movie, really, back to back, twice in a row. No matter how good it is, you will feel like your brain has been melon-balled out of your head. But I have to say, this film was pretty goddamned incredible and just about as faithful to the book as it possibly could have been.
I really don't want to ruin anything for you, so I won't go into too much detail here, just a few tidbits:
|She's fuggin' your b'liefs'n'all up'n'down'n'in'n'out!|
One of the worries I had (isn't it nice to have worries in life like this?) was of new characters created for the film that would allow for some sort of star-crossed-lover-theme to play out for Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. This is not the case, folks, so have no fear. The characters played by Berry that you can see in the trailer - the woman in the red dress that catches Duster Hoggins' eye and the Moriori tattoo-face lady who looks up at Adam Ewing - are seen in their entirety in the trailer and appear for no longer than they do there. Whew.
|Vyvyan Ayrs + Robert Frobisher|
|Cavendish, I presume?|
Finally, as a former video clerk, I feel I am qualified to offer my Oscar Predictions for this film. I should note that as of yet I am NOT a voting member of the Academy. It seems reasonable to predict that this film will be this year's Inception - a smart stylish hybrid of Art House and Blockbuster. With that in mind I think it will squeak by with one of the expanded Best Picture nominations, but how will the Academy handle the split directorial duties? Can they give a collaborative nomination? More likely, they will reward the three directors with a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination. I think they should get a nomination for just trying to adapt Cloud Atlas, so I think this has a good shot. Surely the film will also be nominated for Best Original Score (The music was fabulous, and, according to several Halle Berry characters, 'beautiful'.) and any and all of the technical awards, such as editing, sound, visual effects. My back of the envelope numbers have 11 nominations, which seems crazy but reflects how impressed I was with this film.
|Lloyd Hooks, professional S.O.B.|