More Cloud Atlas Photos, Reviews, videos from TIFF

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Some more great pics… I'll probably need days to get everything up, and apologize in advance for the haphazard way I'm posting all of this. Cloud Atlas trended on Twitter for hours last night and dozens of critics scrambled to get their reviews posted in the wee hours. I still haven't had much sleep but am too curious to stay away. The film continues to divide audiences, but a critical (as opposed to snarky-troll) consensus seems to be forming that the film is messy and flawed in some ways, perhaps a bit too ponderous in its philosophiizing– but never dull, often deeply moving, provocative and brave enough to compel admiration. I'll add a few more blurbs from reviews soon, but first– pics!

Hugo Weaving and James D'Arcy  Eric Charbonneau/WireImage (both)

Hugo and Katrina at the Cloud Atlas after-party  Photo:Sonia Recchia/Getty Images

Sonia Recchia/Getty

More pics of Hugo with Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon  Eric Charbonneau/WireImages (both)

Photos by Michael Tran/Film Magic (both)

Russ Fischer, /Film: "Cloud Atlas is a huge movie, the sort of film you could build a college course around. Is it completely cohesive? I’d have to argue it’s not, but my respect for the effort far outweighs my concern over clarity issues. I wouldn’t recommend anyone walk in there that didn’t want to ponder the very meaning of life, but, given that stipulation, it’s the exact sort of film we need directors attempting. If art informs culture, and surely it does, then you want your artists does, and though the film takes pains to point out that change agents rarely reap the benefits of their Cloud Atlas should absolutely be on your radar if you’re a lover of film. Though it requires patience, it points out, once again and with feeling, that at the end of our existence, the love and our stories are all that remain."

Eric Kohn, IndieWire: "Littered with A-list actors appearing under different guises, scenes shift from one period to the next so casually that it feels as if several movies were interrupting each other. Still, the movie comes across as the best possible version of this material one can hope for. If there's anyone capable of constructing a mysterious epic, it's the Wachowskis, whose "The Matrix" world similarly contained tremendous audacity even when it floundered; Tywker, best known for "Run Lola Run," adroitly explored the same scenario with several different outcomes. "Run Lola Run" contained a structural playfulness not unlike the essence of 'Cloud Atlas.'…Moving beyond the way the scenes flow together, each thread holds its own strengths and weaknesses."

Photo: Jay Stoney

Here's video of the directors and cast introducing the film:

Entertainment Weekly Coverage/Impressions: "The crowd especially loved Hanks and Broadbent, who would squint his face into a scowl as composer Vivian Ayrs in pre World War II England, then get the most laughs as spunky, sly present day Timothy Cavendish, grinning like a loopy chipmunk, with his villainous brother played by Grant, whose prosthetic jowls resembled a fleshy blowfish. Another Grant part, as the kind of dirt, blood, and war-paint covered warrior you don’t want to meet in a dark forest, will shock some people. Silent, but deadly….Hanks threw his acting weight around with the most relish fans have seen in a while. Sweaty and red-nosed as a greedy doctor in the 1800s, buff and covered with miniature face markings as hallucination-prone Zachry in the future, and best as totally ballsy, violent, head-shaved Brit writer Dermot Hoggins. The audience cracked up when normally demure Hanks appeared as Hoggins on-screen. Hello Oscar nomination?…When fans finally returned their love of the movie with that long standing ovation, the actors and directors became visibly overwhelmed. "

My impressions: Broadbent seems to be getting the highest praise in the acting department, which isn't surprising given than he has a lot of dramatic heavy lifting to do in the film, and has always attacked character roles with great gusto. Bae Doona is likely to earn international name recognition (beyond those of us who already love her Korean films), as she plays arguably the toughest role in the story and most accounts suggest she nails it.  Ben Whishaw and James D'Arcy's epistolary romance moved a lot of people too… There's more division on Hanks and Berry, most of which seems rooted in whether or not a given reviewer is or isn't already a fan. Hugo hasn't really been given much to do, range-wise (neither have Susan Sarandon or Hugh Grant)… that's a pity. I'm really, really tired of seeing him typecast as Agent Smith analogues. That said, his Nurse Noakes sure seems to have made an impression. I don't mind seeing Hugo in supporting roles in films like this (I still enjoy watching him effortlessly steal scenes) so long as he avoids more desperate franchise-baddie work. And as long as he keeps making Australian films that give him roles with more dramatic heft.

More soon!


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