Mike: We got another invite for a Warner Bros. media screening, so we happily took advantage of it. Especially since it was Cloud Atlas, the latest film from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, which I'd really been looking forward to. I'd heard mixed things. People seem to be kind of split on it, with some folks really loving it and others dismissing it as uneven. Personally, I loved it and it didn't disappoint me in the slightest. But I can totally see where those dismissive arguments come from. Me, I loved just about every minute of it, and thought that the enormous scope and spectacle matched its incredible ambitions.
Erica: First thing before I continue...this movie is LONG (2 hours 52 minutes). So before you run out to the theater, take that into consideration. Luckily, it didn't feel that long. I did feel like it dragged on a bit and easily could have had its run time cut down. I think the highlight of the movie for me was seeing each actor playing 7 or 8 different roles as you wondered who they were going to be next. We all know Tom Hanks can act, he has Oscars to show for that, who surprised me the most in this movie was Jim Broadbent who is always a character actor in British films. His characters, I feel, good the most laughs and best responses from me (although may be biased as he was in Hot Fuzz). The stories are engaging and the three hours, luckily goes by fairly quickly. I feel there is something in this movie for everyone, but with all the mixed reviews and the very long run time, only time will tell.