Just got home from the theater. Went to the movies for the first time in more than a year. What did we see? Cloud Atlas. And in my opinion, one of the best movies I have EVER seen.
This movie had something for everyone: Drama, Love, Comedy, Action. Slavery, Boats on the Water, Modern Day, Science Fiction (holy shit the scenes of Neo-Seoul in 2114 were worthy of an entire movie of their own, and now I REALLY want to play Shadowrun). Political Intrigue, Storytelling, Espionage, Betrayal...
Tom Hanks deserves an Oscar nomination for his acting in this movie. As does Halle Berry. And Hugo Weaving. And Jim Broadbent. And Doona Bae. And everybody else in this movie. Not to mention the movie itself, the special effects, the makeup, the score, the screen adaptation from the book. If this movie doesn't win at least 1 Oscar - and just to be clear, I think that the Oscars are just another excuse for Hollywood to get together and congratulate each other on how awesome we are all supposed to think they are - then something is wrong is modern society.
I don't normally go to the movies. The last movie I saw in the theater was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Yeah, it's been more than a year since I've been to the theater. I see about 1 movie per year in the theater, and this one I had to see based on the previews. And the previews do zero justice to it.
If you go to see any movies in the next month, do yourself a favor and go see this one. The concept of life, death, and the people we know and meet in our lives is mind-blowing. The first hour will keep you confused, the second hour will start to piece it together, and by the end of the third hour you will be asking why there isn't more.
PS - As a bonus, the trailer to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was shown. Oh, I can't WAIT for this movie. December 14, and I may end up seeing it over the holidays.