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Cloud Atlas Revisited

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 19:36

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

Cloud Atlas is coming out on DVD and I've just watched it again. It's still a flawed film but I found it much better on second viewing. Have you seen it and which other films have improved on repeat screenings?

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    Comment number 1.

    The first time I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. The World I think perhaps my expectations of "an Edgar Wright film" were SO high (following on from Shaun/Hot Fuzz) that I was inevitably deeply disappointed. At first I thought the film was all gloss and no heart. Re-watching it again recently though I had a completely different experience. This film is not Hot Fuzz, nor does it try to be. It's a very different beast. I enjoyed it immensely on 2nd viewing.

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    Comment number 2.

    Hey Mark, when are your lists of the best/worst films so far this year going to come?

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    Comment number 3.

    The first time I watched 'Back to the Future Part 2', which was actually in marathon of the 3 films, I found it be quite full and the weak point of the entire trilogy. Watching it again in FILMCLUB, I still think it's the worst of the trio, but I have found a lot of enjoyment with it. I was getting the feeling of excitement and tension that I wanted to get the first time round

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    Comment number 4.

    The original "Highlander" was one that I didn't originally 'get' in the cinema.
    It was only much later, when I rented it on video and watched it a second time, that it all made a wonderful weird sense and it became one of my favorites.
    (But we won't talk about the sequel.)

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    Comment number 5.

    I'm largely with your feelings on Cloud Atlas, Mark. When I saw it at the cinema I described it after as a "magnificent folly". It's a film I so wanted to love, the vaulting ambition, the epic beauty of it. I want to be swept away by it, but when I left the cinema I felt somewhat deflated by what I considered to be its substantial flaws. Too many bad makeup and accent choices, too many characters that I didn't warm to, too many story strands that just didn't add up to much. However since then I have been listening to the score album almost non-stop, I loved Tom Tykwer's score for Perfume, and now this as well, I think he may be at least as good a composer as he is a film director. Whatever emotional shortcomings Cloud Atlas the narrative may have, Cloud Atlas the soundtrack does a great deal to redress the balance. I am really looking forward to seeing it a second time, like you, perhaps more ready to accept the flaws that I am already aware of, and better able to wallow in the splendor of what it does get right.


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