But I feel justified doing so, because, like any great piece of art, "Cloud Atlas" cannot be truly reviewed or summarized; one has to experience it for themselves.
This post did not make it up on Friday because I did not get to this movie until 10:00 p.m. Friday night. And after three hours, the movie ended, and I walked out of that movie theater with a friend, stunned into silence.
24 hours later, I am still thinking about what I saw, about the messages being conveyed in this film, and about the amazing amount of work that went into the multiple stories played by the same cast - a cast so talented that several times, they disappeared into their role under so many layers of paint and make-up one could not tell which actor was who in what story.
In the words of Roger Ebert, "Even as I was watching 'Cloud Atlas' the first time, I knew I would need to see it again. Now that I've seen it the second time, I know I'd like to see it a third time ... I think you will want to see this daring and visionary film."
Two days ago, I didn't even know this movie existed. Now, I can't even begin to imagine how this movie that could have passed me by may impact the world of film. I also cannot wait to see how many awards this movie wins.
My conclusion? See this film. I very rarely say a film is a perfect work of art, but in this case, I can happily make an exception. So see it, and take the time to let it sweep you into the complex weaving of several very simple stories - stories that capture and display some of the most basic elements of humanity, ugly and beautiful alike.