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28 July 2012 @ 09:54 pm
Trailer: Cloud Atlas  
The 5 minute trailer for the film adaptation for David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas has now arrived.

Watch it HERE.


Likes:

1. Behold, the beautiful images - based on the trailer, the movie looks visually amazing. The colors, the shots, the effects. They have the gorgeous hyper-saturated color and action that I believe fit very well into the novel's sensibilities.

2. Most of the casting - I take back my earlier disappointment that James McAvoy did not end up in this film as Adam Ewing. Jim Sturgess looks to be an excellent choice. And while in my head Frobisher was blond while I was reading the book, based on Ben Whishaw's other jobs, I think he's a good one to play the lothario composer. Same goes for James D'Arcy as Sexsmith, Jim Broadbent as Cavendish, and Doona Bae as Sonmi-451. There had been some talk during pre-production that Natalie Portman had been promised the role of Sonmi-451 and I had made a silent promise to myself that I would boycott the film if that became true. Sonmi in my mind and in the novel was so very clearly Asian. I wasn't going to listen to one word the Wachowskis said that would justify the whitewash casting. But in the end it worked out fine.

3. 5 styles for 5 stories - one thing I loved about the novel was how Mitchell was able to give us 5 very distinct genres in one book. Seeing the trailer, it seems the Wachowskis did the same by showing us 5 distinct film genres.

Dislikes:

1. Everything is connected you say? - I get that as a trailer it's important to find a hook and sell it. But the voiceovers that repeatedly talked about lives being linked and the past effecting the present coupled with the card cues that read EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED in huge letters seemed like overkill. Does the audience these days really need to be this spoon fed a story? I know I have to accept that there will be a reductive quality to the movie as the novel is too huge to fit into one movie of watchable length, but I don't need to be beaten over the head with the reincarnation theme. And on this note, some of the dialogue in the trailer is pretty shlocky and bad. I don't even know how this could happen considering the source material.

2. Some of the casting - Ehhh. I get that Hollywood must have its day. And yeah, Tom Hanks and Halle Berry aren't bad actors. Still, I'm not too pleased that they seem to dominate the trailer and possibly the film.

3. Triple up the roles - I'm not too crazy about the actors taking on multiple roles. Mitchell made it clear that the main characters in the novel are reincarnations but it wasn't always obvious and who was who at times which I enjoyed. Again, does the audience really need to be spoon fed who will become who by depending on which actor is playing which character? This also led to the somewhat awkward use of Jim Sturgess as Ewing as well as Hae-Joo Im in makeup to make him look vaguely Asian.


The movie is set to come out in October so I'll hold off my final judgement until I actually see it. I'm sure I'll continue to have lots of feelings on the matter.
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Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: BBT_NerdDance!guardian_chaos on July 29th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
GLKSGLKHSLHGSDLKHS!!! I'M TOO EXCITED TO EVEN CLICK ON THE LINK.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 29th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
Something about the last third of the trailer put tears in my eyes. SO MANY FEELINGS!

I loved the shot of Cavendish escaping with his crew and what I think is Sexsmith and Frobisher in the room of falling china. Beautiful.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: TemptingFateguardian_chaos on July 29th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm about to click on the link. If I don't make it back from THE FEELS, it's been nice knowing you!

*takes a deep breath and clicks*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 29th, 2012 06:33 am (UTC)
And? AND?! Are the feelings holding you hostage?
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: BBT_NerdDance!guardian_chaos on July 29th, 2012 06:57 am (UTC)
'Scri-hi-hiiiiiiiiiBBB, I CAN'T BREATHE. That was so beautiful, OH MY GAAAUUD. Sonmi-451. Papa Song. The half-written journal. Larisa Rey's casting surprised me, but you know what, I can learn to go with that. I shall place a thumb into the air in premature approval for most of the cast. It looks lovely. I WANT TO FLAILY HANDS EVERYWHERE.

...voiceovers that repeatedly talked about lives being linked and the past effecting the present coupled with the card cues that read EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED in huge letters seemed like overkill.

I've learned not to listen to movie trailer voiceovers. Splicing bits of dialogue and randomly mashing them into place is hardly fair play for most movies.

IN ANY CASE, I CANNOT CONTAIN THE FEELINGS. INDEED, THEY HAVE TAKEN ME HOSTAGE, BUT IT IS A WILLING ARRANGEMENT AND I AM NOT COMPLAINING.

*sits on hands and rocks back and forth neurotically*

Edited at 2012-07-29 06:58 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 29th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)
Visually this movie has me pretty damn excited. There were so many shots I adored. The trailer is really well edited with the awesome music in the last third.

I've learned not to listen to movie trailer voiceovers. Splicing bits of dialogue and randomly mashing them into place is hardly fair play for most movies.

These are wise words. I did like Tom Hanks' one line of "Yesterday I didn't think I'd do the things I did today" as well as Frobisher's last voiceover to Sexsmith that he'd see him in the next world.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_D+B_Securityguardian_chaos on July 29th, 2012 07:21 am (UTC)
Well, I'm definitely near-vibrating with glee. It does look so pretty. Just. Pretttty. Were I not so tired, perhaps my descriptive language would be better than that right now, but I'm enduring the full brunt of having had just three hours of sleep, so, well. "Pretty" will do. Yes. *nods-nods* I feel like I was so busy today, too! Goodness, I'm drained. *collapses*

Next movie around, I would love to see Number9Dream brought to life. I have such fondness for that book. Eeee!! Isn't it so cool when a great book gets recognition like this!? With PRETTY in it, too?

Feel free to join me in my happy, spastic dancing. It shall be magical. *G*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 29th, 2012 07:31 am (UTC)
Next movie around, I would love to see Number9Dream brought to life.

That was often the Mitchell book I'd thought would be the easiest to translate into film that would also be visually interesting. But then I read The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and decided that should probably be the next adaptation. It's the most cinematic of all of Mitchell's novels.

Still, if all goes well with Cloud Atlas the movie, the bar will be set very high. I think I'm going to watch the trailer again.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_Rainguardian_chaos on July 29th, 2012 07:37 am (UTC)
I haven't read The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, so I can't really comment either way. I shall take your word for it, though!

I think I shall watch the trailer again, as well. How is Korea treating you today?
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: DTamers_BeautifulNightguardian_chaos on July 29th, 2012 07:47 am (UTC)
I'm rather desperately in need of sleep and need to be presentable at a friend's baby shower tomorrow, so I shall simply wish you well and leave the Internet for the night. Though I suppose it's day where you are! Such a nifty contrast.

Anyway, have a good one! I shall talk to you later. :)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 29th, 2012 07:50 am (UTC)
Pleasant dreams!