Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Cloud Atlas - Gala Screening Interviews inc Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw , James D'Arcy & Hugh Grant

Sublime, wondrous, enchanting and that’s before we speak to the delightful cast who attended the Gala Screening of Cloud Atlas; a film that is a real feast for the eyes and hearts. Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw , James D'Arcy  and Hugh Grant about playing multiple characters, wearing prosthetics and the thrill of exploring the possibility of our souls and love being ever lasting.

Cloud Atlas Review

Word Nicola Johnston

As I left the cinema, my friend and I were still in deep conversation about the film we had just watched, all 172 minutes of Cloud Atlas. We had heard of the film but neither of us had read any reviews or even read the book, written by David Mitchell, so you could say, we didn’t really know what we were in for.

It is a film that will certainly divide people, some will of course loath it, some won’t get it, others will most definitely find it too long, I however found it utterly fascinating, it is a film that succeeds on many levels.

It looks into the past, present and future and how people’s acts, good or bad have an effect on others, themselves and the world, of how we are constantly being reborn, in order to learn the lessons that we need to learn to move forward, some are born evil and some are born good, some manage over the course of time, to turn themselves from that of a killer into a hero. Six stories are interwoven from the 19th Century to the post-apocalyptic future. With thirteen leading actors, taking on multiple roles in each of the six stories. I do have to mention I spent quite a lot of the film, working out who was who in each story, as its quite fascinating, with lots of gender changes and super visual effects and make-up going on, however, on a first watch it did seem to take over somewhat, I do believe I would benefit more from the film on a second viewing, as I wouldn’t be playing a game of who’s who anymore, fascinating though it was, it was a little distracting.

The cast are strong. And the film is very funny at times, Jim Broadbent is a scene stealer and transforms into each different character with ease, Hugo Weaving is a brilliant actor and I won’t give too much away but he plays a wonderful Nurse! Ben Wishaw is spellbinding to watch and the camera just loves him, his role as Robert Frobisher is stunning. Hugh Grant only joined the cast days before filming and in some of his character work this shows. Doona Bae has a beautiful face and manner about her, her work is subtle and sensitive, there is real depth and elegance in the performance.

The film is directed by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer and due to lack of finance the film was almost abandoned on more than one occasion, but the cast and crew were determined it would go ahead, Tom Hanks was a huge support for the film and he was convinced it would happen from the start, his work as an actor is always excellent and detailed.

Tykwer and the Wachowskis filmed parallel to each other using separate camera crews. Tykwer also composed the original orchestral soundtrack, with the help of his long time collaborators Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek, the soundtrack is really something special it is another character in the film, which never takes over but is a constant support which offers flow from start to finish, helping to bring all the stories and characters together as one whole, it really is astonishingly good and captivating and again shows what the power of music can achieve and its importance in film. The films soundtrack was nominated for a 2013 Golden Globe Award.

What I would say, is that this is brave, deeply impressive filmmaking, it is very ambitious, one of the most expensive Independent films made to date. I know it’s a film I have to see again, perhaps again and again, it provokes thought, it does not spoon feed you or force anything onto you, it makes you think and make up your own mind, it’s a challenge, it’s uplifting, sad, funny, it’s a whole kaleidoscope of different things. It’s a tour de force. I was never bored not once, my mind was alert and awake and trying to work out the puzzle from start to finish. I would highly recommend you see it for yourself and make up your own mind, as after all, that surly what it’s all about.

“Only as you gasp your dying breath shall you understand, your life amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean! Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”

CLOUD ATLAS opens in cinemas 22nd February 2013

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