Critic Review - Newsday

Sumptuous visuals and audacious acting, but the quasi-profound message of cosmic connectedness isn't worth all the trouble.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (37)
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Harrison Castro

Harrison Castro

I hope you go out of print one day.

Oct 26 - 06:24 AM

David Ledford

David Ledford

Ha ha, I see what you did there!

Oct 26 - 06:47 AM

Brandon Mendoza

Brandon Mendoza

HAHA, nice one!

Oct 26 - 07:11 AM

Bertil Beaver

Bertil Beaver

Uh, he said "I hope you go out of print one day"

I supose "I hope you go out of beer one day" makes as much sense?

Oct 29 - 12:38 AM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

So is the acting good or bad? Alliteration in lieu of proper context isn't worth it.

Oct 26 - 07:37 AM

almightygozar

Darrell Kay

Try reading the review.

Oct 26 - 08:54 PM

Christian Holt

Christian Holt

Quasi-profound? Can't a movie pick a damn theme these days?

Oct 26 - 09:24 AM

Nolan Powell

Nolan Powell

I've noticed a trend.

1. Some movie comes out. It has a lot of effort, love, and time put into making it.

2. It has a lot of symbolism, philosophy, nuance, etc.

3. People with the patience for these kinds of things enjoy the movie, and recognize it simply as what it is. In Cloud Atlas' case, it is quite simply an eternal argument for good against evil. Good of all kinds. Evil of all kinds.

4. People who get paid to be edgy and negative (rather than, you know, contribute to the progress of humanity or something) come up with phrases like "quasi-profound" and "pseudo-intellectual" to call the movie for bothering to be deep and complex rather than shallow and simple. They spread the idea that movies should be an escape from reality, rather than an analysis of it. They advocate that audiences should be impatient, and should allow the flood of thoughts like "what is going on" to interrupt their process of watching the movie, in which you find out what is going on. These reviewers tend to write a lot about actors and budget and directors, and write very little about the substance of the film, but feel fine with shrugging it off as "nothing" at the end of their review.

5. People who think like these reviewers go through life avoiding any chance to "get a message" from a film and instead insist that their is no message. Lots of people like this occupy reality. Imagine how their lives ripple through time and space. Cloud Atlas is a movie that asks that you do so. He didn't get this out of it though. He says that all the movie has is coincidences and birthmarks, but it's not that the movie has nothing but tripe, it's that he chooses to get nothing but tripe from it.

That's all.

Oct 26 - 11:20 AM

Ocram Immorto

Ocram Immorto

That's exactly how I feel, this is the kind of film I've been waiting to see for a decade.

Oct 26 - 01:31 PM

Tim Terrell

Tim Terrell

This movie isn't deep at all. If you watch every story separately, the reaction would be "meh". Each story is an average tv episode and has been seen before. The 70s story is Silkwood, the far future story is Apacalypto, the old guy in the nursing home is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest meets and episode of Masterpiece Theatre. The other stories aren't worth mentioning. So what they edited it together nicely? They caked actors in layers of makeup masking their ability to emote and making them look like mutants. Same way you rationalized some critics' contempt for this movie, I can rationalize why you want to like it. But I won't, because they dislike it for legitimate reasons and you like it for your own legit reasons. I saw this movie a few months ago and I think it's pomp and circumstance signifying nothing.

Oct 26 - 11:14 PM

Nolan Powell

Nolan Powell

I think you should read the book.

Does it excuse your problems with the movie? No.

But I think you'll see the individual stories in cloud atlas as more than ripoffs of other movies if you do.

Zachry's story is hardly Apocalypto. Like, seriously? Very loose similarities.

Nor is Cavendish's story One Flew. Cavendish is hardly like J.N's character in One Flew, and you're ignoring the whole back story about the book he published, the author who threw the guy out of the building, his brother who got him locked in the nursing home, and his connection to Louisa Ray's story.

Nov 2 - 10:10 PM

Pawel Zietek

Pawel Zietek

And let's not forget about the favourite word of the "critics": pretentious. Like they knew exactly what the director had on mind...

Oct 29 - 06:08 PM

Nancy Ferrier

Nancy Ferrier

Pawal Zietek - so glad you commented on the overused and misused "pretentious" usually applied pretentiously.

Oct 31 - 10:01 AM

Eric Glocker

Eric Glocker

I must concur with Mr. Powell, well said sir.

Nov 2 - 11:00 PM

Taylor Skibbe

Taylor Skibbe

This voices my thoughts on the matter precisely.

Nov 3 - 09:09 AM

Todd Groves

Todd Groves

You know when a film critic makes up words like "quasi-profound" that they entered the theater with a "pseudo intellectual" bent. Which is never good for a non mainstream movie. It's blurbs like this that make me wonder why anyone ever created the occupation of film critic. It's such a useless and ultimately self-gratifying role that in the end they serve no real useful purpose. If a movie interests you. Go see it. And if you like it. Then it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

Oct 26 - 10:45 PM

Ocram Immorto

Ocram Immorto

Aye, I hope these people are actually getting paid for these mostly hypocritical reviews.

Oct 27 - 05:06 AM

James Ivey

James Ivey

Well Said

Oct 27 - 08:10 AM

Nick Speare

Nick Speare

I saw this movie and though it was great. Maybe a totally insignificant point, but to say that Robert Frobisher is a "gallivanting bisexual" greatly diminishes his dignity; I wouldn't use either of those words to describe that character.

Oct 27 - 04:16 PM

Travis Whut

Travis Whut

OP is retarded

Oct 28 - 04:08 AM

Ocram Immorto

Ocram Immorto

Eh, he just didn't get it, and still doesn't quite understand the meaning of cinema XD

Oct 28 - 06:44 AM

Grant W.

Grant Williams

People can totally 'get' something and still not like it. Like this reviewer. He didn't leave the theater totally baffled, unable to comprehend the supposed incredible depth of the movie that people are talking about. He just thought it was bad.

Nov 3 - 07:02 AM

Ocram Immorto

Ocram Immorto

You either get or don't get, but saying it's bad because you only one person didn't get it is beyond that.

Nov 4 - 12:14 PM

Michael Muffitt

Michael Muffitt

God forbid that you would have to walk into the movie alert, and not get bombarded by just visuals and some acting without having to worry about the meaning of the film. You know, like most movies of the 21st century.

Oct 28 - 08:38 AM

Micah Smith

Micah Smith

I love smart films but the problem here is every scene tries to hit you on the head like a new age yogi preaching about interconnectedness or the importance of grounding, you know, the direct and indirect means of improving health by absorbing the earth's natural, electromagnetic energy.
This is also why I didn't like matrix 2

Oct 28 - 06:23 PM

Pawel Zietek

Pawel Zietek

I liked the Matrix for what it was. A great action film.
Unfortunately viewers now expect EVERYTHING.

Oct 29 - 06:12 PM

Chris Knipe

Chris Knipe

I beg to differ....ever seen Capt America or Iron man?

Nov 5 - 11:47 AM

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Andrew P.

Andrew Philips

LMFAO...your comment is almost as brilliant as the movie.

Oct 31 - 09:40 PM

Grant W.

Grant Williams

It's really ironic that you refer to the reviewer as a child, implying that they are less mature than us, somehow - then imply that readers of the paper are retarded. When you're trying to insult someone, consider how it undercuts your point when you prove yourself to be just as bad or worse than the person you're attacking.

Nov 3 - 07:10 AM

Ocram Immorto

Ocram Immorto

YOU SAID IT GERTY.

Nov 4 - 12:11 PM

Liz Bowen

Liz Bowen

Well that's 2hrs and 43 min. I'll never get back.

Oct 30 - 10:00 AM

Brennan OBrien

Brennan OBrien

Darlin, you never get any 2 hours and 43 minuets back. You might try 'A Brief History of Time' to understand how it works, but it would be 1 hour and 20 minuets you won't get back.

Oct 31 - 12:22 AM

Grant W.

Grant Williams

I see that you don't understand idioms. You might try 'Common Phrases and Where They Come From' to understand what they mean.

Nov 3 - 07:04 AM

Liz Bowen

Liz Bowen

Thank you!

Nov 3 - 04:42 PM

Brennan OBrien

Brennan OBrien

Would quasi-idiotic be better than quasi-profound? Do we want more super hero movies and Jackass 4? At least they they aren't all icky thinky. Dummer are better, right? Better to aim real low and hit it, than to aim high and not be able to explain life the universe and everything in under 3 hours.

Oct 31 - 12:27 AM

Liz Bowen

Liz Bowen

Oh Puleeeze!

Nov 3 - 04:44 PM

Nikolas Zografos

Nikolas Zografos

I wonder if Rafer Guzman was a pissy little bitch in a past life...

Nov 5 - 08:39 PM

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