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Lana Wachowski (formerly Larry) told the Huffington Post "The book seemed almost like a revolutionary act in and of itself. David has said since that they did have trouble with, do you put it in science fiction, do you put it in drama? Where do you put it on the shelf in the bookstore?"
"I was pleased our dammit crookit guest'd teached ev'ryun to step slywise an' not trust her, nay, not a flea, but I din't sleep none that night, 'cos o' the mozzies an' nightbirds an' toads ringin' an' a myst'rous someun what was hushly clatt'rin' thru our dwellin' pickin' up stuff here an' puttin' it down there an' the name o' this myst'rous someun was Change."
I'm exhausted from just typing all those apostrophes! I prefer that kind of thing when it's done subtly as opposed to being every word out of the character's mouths. I get it because ZACHRY is
part of the post apocalyptic future where presumably if you have to start civilization from quasi scratch, your language may be both basic and creative. Regardless, its' tough to read.
Halle Berry is likewise playing a sextet of roles: including a Native Woman, a white adulterous in
the 1930's, Luisa Rey - a journalist in the 1970's, and Meronym - part of the elite ruling class of Zachry's post apocalyptic world. She even plays Asian male medical expert at one point. Having seen Halle Berry's body in a fair amount of films, I can only say this I gotta see! I actually am interested to see what she does with these characters, especially Luisa Rey and Meronym as written in the novel.
I don't even know what to say about Tom Hanks. He looks so odd in these pictures. But maybe I'm just being a Tom Hanks hater due to a couple of imho bad casting choices ala DaVinci Code, Extremely Close and Incredibly Loud. I can say for certain I'm not looking forward to hearing Hanks spouting Zachary' gobbledeegook. In this case, it's not Hanks who's to blame, it's Zachry's dialogue as written in the book, which I imagine will be in the movie. Unless of course I'm totally wrong and Hanks brings Zachry to life which is completely possible when you think about the bulk of Hanks career. An actor, who when properly cast can bring it whether he's a romcom hero in Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail or the man in more serious straits as he was in Philadelphia or Saving Private Ryan. ... Or, or, or they changed it in the movie. Which is also possible when you consider this. Mitchell, the book's author, who also helped script the adaptation said "The book is unfilmable, but they haven't quite adapted the book. They sort of disassembled the book and reassembled it in the form of a filmable film by having actors recurring, and implying therefore it's the same soul on this sort of ethical journey – or, no pun intended, a matrix of ethical journeys."
So who knows how much the book and film will compare - beyond the saga spanning time. It's challenging material that I'm finding (yikes, still not finished) sometimes riveting as in Sonmi's transformative tale and sometimes just tedious and sometimes just too murky (for me anyway) to wade through. I'm hoping it will be a little less cloudy when I finish - if I finish. I do think the movie looks promising even if Tom Hanks does look like he's wearing a bunch of bad wigs. It's definitely a very ambitious effort. Practically speaking, the difficulties of shooting a mult - location, multi-period period piece with a core group of actors playing multiple parts, but also as far as the storyline goes which may be a tad too out there for some.
Tom Hanks vigorously defends the film in an LA Times article "There are going to be people out there who are going to say, `Who do they think they are to make this movie like this?' That's been the case with every great film. They said the same thing about `The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' in the silent days," Hanks said. "I think every audience is yearning to be surprised. I am bored when I walk into the theater expecting A, B and C, and a movie delivers A, B and C. I want to see something brand new that I never anticipated coming a hundred million miles away. And my God, that happens before the words `Cloud Atlas' appear up on the screen on this one."