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Old 10-28-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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Celebi Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is a 2004 novel written by David Mitchell. It tells six separate stories connected through threads that transcend time and influence one another. The book is split into six stories, each of which (save for the center narrative) is interrupted in the middle by the narrative following it, only to be completed when the interrupting narrative has been finished.

Last Friday, the movie was released, receiving polarized reviews. You might have heard Roger Ebert gave it four out of four stars. You also may have heard some critics pan it as a "unique and totally unparalleled disaster".

I have both read the book and just came back from the movie and... well, I thought it was amazing, but I really need to see it again and reread some key portions. This book is horribly complex and the movie streamlines some of the complexities, but you miss a lot of subtle details that ties the narratives together.

I'd recommend it, but if you don't have some level of familiarity with the book, you might be a little bit lost.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:52 PM   #2
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Would you suggest reading the book first? I'm really interested in seeing this movie but would prefer to have as good an experience as is possible.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:48 PM   #3
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I wouldn't say it's necessary but it helps a LOT. There's a lot of simultaneous story threads occurring in a close to random order so being familiar with the stories helps you keep things straight.

Also the movie takes a few liberties here and there and there's some omitted scenes that, while not particularly plot significant, contribute to the theme development a bit better.

That being said, the movie does a much better job of expressing the book's themes much more clearly and the way it's structured really highlights the parallels that Mitchell glazed over.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:01 PM   #4
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Oh god I'm getting the shivers even thinking of seeing the film over how great I thought the book was. Ebert's review gave me gersberms.

EDIT: I always think unless you've already read the book, there's no reason you have to read it before you see the film. They're both, in a way, variation on a theme. And you can read it afterwards if you'd like.

The book is very good, though. Highly recommend it.
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