questionshave you seen cloud atlas?

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Very good watch. I really enjoyed it even though I thought the "message" of the movie was silly, it was very entertaining to watch and a very interesting mix of ideas.

It's hard to even say what I liked without giving away too much. It's not Inception but it does have that level of having a lot to keep track of to understand it all.

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We saw it on opening weekend. We go to one or two movies every week so we see most stuff opening weekend. My friend and I also felt it was a movie that we would get more out of with every viewing. @Omnichad must have gotten a different "message" than I did on first viewing, because the two messages I got were (spoiler alert but not really if you have seen the preview) :

1. Everything we do in life has an expanding impact on others and on the future. Whether you embrace the idea of reincarnation and bonded souls or not, I think most of us can recognize the value in the idea that a small kindness or unkindness can have a ripple effect far beyond our perception.
2. One person does have the power to effect change. Because even a small change has a wider impact than can be immediately perceived and even small changes can add up to large change.

I find those messages to be valuable and meaningful. But I think I am one of the three people that got something out of Tree of Life. :)

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aha! thats the movie that completed my equation. Magnolia + Tree of Life = Cloud Atlas.

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I was exccellent, excellent, excellent. And there were several messages one could take away from it.

And then I read the book. The book was .... interesting.

Some of the six stories were extremely similar to the movie, others (especially the story of the fabricant) were entirely different.

The problem is that the changes that were made for the movie really REALLY needed to be changed. And in the book, since they are (obviously) unchanged, the book was quite boring.

The biggest and most obvious difference is that where the movie made a mosaic of the six stories, mixing fragments liberally, the book cut each story in half, told the first half of the first story, then the first half of the second, and so on, then the entire sixth story, then the last half of the fifth, last half of the fourth, and so on. The result was that the book was doomed to end at the end of the most boring story.

The writing of each was exceptionally period-aware, but that just made parts of it drone.