I declared "Cloud Atlas" my most-anticipated film of 2012, and this was based only on the Wikipedia entry and a failed attempt at reading the novel several years ago. I watched the extended trailer on YouTube so many times, I knew it by heart. And as the release date drew near, my wife and I resolved to read the book before we saw the film.
It was the first book I'd read in a while, and the first book we'd read in tandem, making it a special experience on its own. And fortunately, I loved David Mitchell's recursive, varied storytelling. Different styles and voices, different degrees of 'meta,' all wrapped up in onion-skin layers, the book was a wonderful exploration of universal human experiences.
I also realized why people had said it was a novel that would be impossible to translate to the big screen. Which made me appreciate even more the bravery (or folly) of the Wachowski's (of "The Matrix") and Tom Tykwer (of "Run Lola Run").
We were able to catch "Cloud Atlas" a week early at HIFF. For myself, I'll say I liked it, both for its ambition and for its dizzying but still digestible restructuring of the story. But the movie pounds hard on points that are much more subtle in the book, adds some pat closure to aspects originally left ambiguous, and definitely leaves out a lot of the best parts (as you'd expect). So the book doesn't ruin the movie, nor vice versa, and I'd strongly recommend you consider diving into both.
For +Popspotting, Jen posted her take as well!
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One of our most-anticipated films of 2012 opens this Friday. We devoured the book, then took in the film at the +Hawaii International Film Festival. Here, +Jennifer Ozawa shares her take on a movie adaptation that many said could not be made. Are you excited, curious, or concerned about "Cloud Atlas"?
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Jen's preview of”Cloud Atlas,” starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Huge Grant, directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, in theaters Oct. 26, 2012. I read the 2004 novel “Cloud Atlas” by Da…
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