Allow me to offer a piece of advice: If you intend on seeing Cloud Atlas this weekend, you must be willing to enter the theatre with an open heart.
Having an open mind goes without saying, of course, as it is a base requirement for enjoying or interpreting most art. Open hearts, on the other hand, are harder to come by, for emotions are often much more difficult to process than thoughts. We find the ethereal, inexplicable nature of feelings challenging, and the emotions that hit closest to home are wont to cause us discomfort. Modern movie audiences are, I would argue, more willing to try wrapping their heads around the intellectually or narratively complex than they are to open themselves up to cinematic expressions of raw, genuine emotion.
Cloud Atlas contains both, but leans towards the latter. This is a film that bears its heart on its sleeve, a film that offers, »
- Jonathan R. Lack
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