The longer review goes like this... I'm always a fan of epic movies and tend to have no problem enjoying what the mainstream doesn't always get, which made me believe I would love Cloud Atlas. I couldn't have been more wrong. I like unfolding stories, I like having to figure things out, but Cloud Atlas gives so few clues as to what's going on, I quit 30 minutes in. I have not read the book, which would probably helped in understanding the story, but ultimately that would have also showed the flaws of the story's conversion to screen.
Thank goodness for Fanedits and thank you Avid4D for this fantastic edit! I now love this movie and may go back to watch the theatrical version, just to see if I like it any better than my initial viewing.
For a more detailed breakdown of the story, actors, book to film comparison, and other components, check out Santiagoqu's review.
A wonderful viewing experience. This is the way the story was meant to be told. The nested structure really does let the viewer get involved in each story more fully and lets the suspense build up. As for making a sense that everything is connected, well that was always a little forced and pretty much about characters having deja vu every so often. Other philosophical points are more convincing, especially that fighting for the good is always important even if it seems to fail.
Avid 4D hasn't exactly split the stories in half to make the nested structure. It's more like an anthology of 6 stories in chronological order, and then you get the endings of all 6 in reverse order. I think it works pretty well, since you've spent enough time with each story, you can easily pick up the endings where they left off, plus you want to find out how each story ends.
The stories and scenes are bolted together and the seams are sometimes pretty obvious, usually with a fade to black and silence. I noticed it for sure but it's not too distracting, and other joins are very smooth. The picture quality is glorious, extra props to Avid 4D for a spectacular encode.
Do you recommend this edit?
Thanks Brumous... I'm glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate your review.
As a fan of the book first, then the movie, thank you so much Avid4D for doing this edit! It was fascinating to see the stories unfold the way they do in the book. Stellar editing! I didn't think it would be possible but you made it work.