So glad I finally got around to watching this. What an amazing ride this film was, and I feel like stories like this one are why motion pictures were invented in the first place. Sure, it was based on a book, but I can't imagine the book conveying the themes quite the same way the magic of Hollywood did. I also agree with the critics that say it's criminal that the makeup artists were not given the recognition they deserved. The little montage during the casting part of the credits was almost breathtaking. I loved all the little details, like how in the beginning the movie basically flat out TOLD the audience, "This is going to be a bit confusing, but please stick with us because the payoff is worth it." It's so hard to talk about the movie with people who haven't seen it, but I will say that if you haven't, you're really missing out on one of last year's greats.
Yeah, I really enjoyed Cloud Atlas. The rare movie that I really want to watch again. And even watch the behind-the-scenes stuff, which I never do.
I'm sure the book is good, but I never read a book after watching a movie based on it. You've got to read it first or not at all, IMHO. Otherwise, your mind is filled with what you saw in the movie , as opposed to your own imagination.