Cloud Atlas Directed by: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski Written by: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski (screenplay), David Mitchell (novel) Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Hugo Weaving
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry have come unstuck in time. Over the course of Cloud Atlas’ wildly ambitious 172 minutes, the two mainstream Hollywood actors and a plethora of others- Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant- appear as wildly different characters in just as wildly different time periods, from California in 1973 to post-apocalyptic Hawaii hundreds of years from now.
The six varying and intersecting narrative threads in Cloud Atlas are stunningly shot and at times narratively captivating. As adapted by Andy and Lana Wachowki and Tom Tykwer (who all co-wrote and directed), it amounts to a beautiful mess. There are too many narrative threads and characters to begin with, and adding poor execution and editing to that just makes it worse.
What better way to follow our Ten Most Overrated movies ever than with a list of the countless performers who inhabit many of them? Beloved the world over for almost no reason at all, these ten performers are the epitome of what it means to make it in Tinsel Town without shining anything but a marketable gimmick.
What she usually plays: An assertive, in-control type who doesn’t mind cutting loose with her girlfriends. She likes to roll her eyes when the guy she loves (usually Matthew McConaughey) does something stupid.
What she’s actually good in: Almost Famous. After it launched her career she went on rom-com auto-pilot.
What he usually plays: He actually has quite a diverse career, it’s just that everything he touches seems to either win Oscars or garner acclaim that it doesn’t deserve.
What he’s actually good in: Mr. Brooks and Bull Durham. No, Field of Dreams is not the epitome of sports films, but Bull comes pretty close. Continue reading →