Cloud Atlas – Myriad Characters from Multiple Periods in The Past, Present and Future
The transformative power of special makeup effects – the ability to alter an actor’s appearance by implementation of prosthetic materials, careful facial painting, and the addition of hair pieces – is on full display with the myriad characters brought to life in the currently released film Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, and Jim Sturgess, all in multiple roles. Sectioned off into six intertwined storylines, the enormity of the film warranted its division into two independently functioning crews: one on a team led by the American Wachowski directors, and the other manned by German director Tom Tykwer.
In a Hole in the Ground Lived a Director
Really, Peter Jackson? 169 minutes? Really?
Let this be said: Peter Jackson is a master filmmaker, the consummate modern director, fully in control of his medium, maximizing his use of makeup, costumes, locations, sets, cinematography, sound, visual effects, and getting the best quality minutes from his actors. His 21st century group of films, being four Tolkiens, King Kong and Lovely Bones thus far, epitomize his total utilization of cinema and make him wholly unmatched, save perhaps a James Cameron or other rare contemporary auteur; otherwise, he is peerless. But he needs an editor. And a better casting director. Among other things. And remember, there are two more Tolkien films still to come.