OK, I went to see the 3-hour movie "Cloud Atlas" yesterday. Hmmm...
Not quite sure how to rate this. First, I sat through the whole thing and never had to pee. Amazing! Normally I have to make a trip to the potty or a bush every hour!!! 8-o
Second, I never felt bored. Amazing, because I get bored with almost any slow moving scene supposedly trying to develop a relationship. I was somehow able to quickly grasp the relationships between the numerous pairs.
Third, I was never able to completely understand the complete time plot aspect. Was it a loop, an alternate reality, alien visitors, or all three? Guess I'll have to see it again. It's one of those movies adapted from books that shouldn't have even tried, like "Dune".
The jumps in time were not really confusing for me. The costumes and plot lines in each vignette snapped me right back to what was going on in that plot. Sort of like channel surfing between a half dozen interesting TV shows.
It was great fun finally recognizing each actor in their role in each time period. Excellent acting and makeup.
In short I liked the movie and it may win several awards for acting and costumes and special effects but I don't think it will be a big money maker. It's too cerebral. Only 1 out of 10 viewers will appreciate it. Even fewer will understand it. And 50 percent of American viewers will completely reject its political/social message (if they catch it).
On the LeatherGryphon scale 1 to 10 (money waster to enlightenment) it's perhaps a 7.