The New Millennial Gay Experience
|Posted on October 22, 2013 at 2:20 AM|
When “Cloud Atlas” was released in the U.S on 26th October, 2012 it polarized critics. The film was considered as the best film of 2012 as well as the worst film of 2012. However, critics and moviegoers did agree on one thing: “Cloud Atlas” was surely ambitious. Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw (who recently came out), Jim Broadbent and other talented actors, the film tells six stories that span decades. The film is directed by the Wachowski siblings (“The Matrix”) and TomTywker (“Run Lola Run”).
Though it didn’t do well in cinemas, only managing to recoup a little more than its budget, I really enjoyed the film. There are so many ways you can interpret it. It can be seen as a story of Good vs. Evil; of love and second chances; or as a story of accepting one’s destiny. The most evident message you can get is that love knows no boundaries. It transcends time and gender. The first of the six stories begins in 1849, and the sixth in 2321, with an epilogue several decades after that. In one of the stories Robert Frobisher (Ben Whishaw) leaves his male lover, Rufus Sixmeth (James D’Arcy) for a professional opportunity, but by the end, spanning time, the lovers are happy together. The story of Robert and Rufus is well told and is heartbreaking.
There’s so much that can be taken from this film that I can’t begin to cover here. You can make your own connections when watching the film. The amazing cinematography aside, the film can be seen as a journey of two souls that travel through decades, always trying to be together. It really shows that love is love, it’s connected to the soul and gender doesn’t matter. This movie was made for multiple viewings and each time you watch it, you will find something new. - Farid-ul-Haq