London-Melbourne

May 12, 2013 § 1 Comment

Cloud Atlas, Erin Brockovich, American Graffiti, Paul Kelly-Stories of Me.

I hear my father-in-law’s response…”Naïve, dreaming Adam. He who would do battle with the many-headed hydra of human nature must pay a world of pain & his family must pay it along with him! & only as you gasp your dying breath shall you understand, your life amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean!” Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?

A note on a note on the film and the book Cloud Atlas as texts. I just read a review. I haven’t read the book but feel the review overplays the difference in message between the two texts. The review ends with the statement that in the book, the message is that 

It is the text that will help propel humanity forward, in addition to the people themselves.

I find this message conveyed in the film also – downplayed perhaps, but certainly there – in the final question posed by the interrogator of the future revolutionary before her execution. She shrugs off his suggestion that the revolution was doomed to failure: to her it doesn’t matter. The revolutionaries died, but the revolution as text will help propel humanity forward. Contrary to the argument presented by this reviewer, the film makers do not leave out this part of Mitchell’s message.

What do we do with reviewers like that? 🙂

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