Should TOH be correct, that’s when us members of the general public (not necessarily you or I, specifically) will be able to see Cloud Atlas, the dangerously ambitious, time-and-location-and-people-and-logic spanning collaboration between the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer. Although I think they really mean December 7th — i.e., unless Warner Bros. wants to open a movie on a Thursday — we’re more or less certain as to when the film can finally unspool in theaters.
But, since we already could have made a (generally) educated guess about Cloud Atlas‘ opening, I’m far more intrigued by something that, otherwise, would be of less interest: the running time. The adaptation of a roughly 530-page book needs time — particularly, one that goes all over time and space with a multitude of actors — but this thing is still going to leave a mark, having officially clocked in at two hours and 44 minutes.
None of us can determine if that’s a good fit, though I’d rather have the proper time to settle into David Mitchell‘s world and explore everything to its appropriate extent; even if there’s some fat, we might be covered. Now we just need to find out if Tykwer, the Wachowskis, and their collective cast — Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, and Bae Doona among them — actually fulfilled that task.
Are you more confident about Cloud Atlas, knowing it’s got plenty of room to breathe?
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