- By Bryce J. Renninger
- September 14, 2012 6:10 PM
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It's hard to find two people who agree on what lies at the heart of "Cloud Atlas." David Mitchell's Booker Award-nominated novel is a beautiful literary puzzle that interlocks six stories over several centuries. In the film version, which just debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, written and directed by the Wachowski's ("The Matrix") and Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run"), critics have been mixed, but no one can deny that the trio has crafted an ambitious, incredibly watchable nearly 3 hours of cinematic storytelling.
Kudos to the team, too, for writing a screenplay that condensed the novel's over 500 pages into something screen-worthy. Some things were cut, some were added. Below are two lists: one of the three best casting decisions and another list of ten things that differed from the novel...and how each alteration fared on the big screen.
Be warned, spoilers abound. But surely once a "Cloud Atlas" fan watches the film, they'll want to chat about the craft of this bombastic piece of cinema.
First, the top three casting choices, which sadly do not include Halle Berry or Tom Hanks, who hold their own in their respective roles, but who were more anchors than anything else: