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27 May 2014 @ 09:10 am
 
Turns out Memorial Day at work was boring. Go figure. Although, now I can't go home early on Thursday. Ever need to bring  yourself back down the Earth? Go to your bank account, look at the balance, then subtract all the bills from the month. I guess I'm not taking that time off around my birthday.

I feel like I'm doing a lot of movie posts, lately. Really, a lot of it has to do with the fact that it's more entertaining to have the TV on while I'm working on my maille than to just sit there in silence and do it.

Anyway, I went ahead and rented Romeo and Juliet and Cloud Atlas.

The first one was...well, decent. I guess it's never been my favorite Shakespeare, and I've seen better performances of Shakespearean plays. But for a play that hasn't been updated in any major way since the sixties, it wasn't bad. (I say that in terms of a movie using the original script.) The colors were beautiful, and the main characters actually looked their age, although Romeo's face was a little...Bieberish. It's not his fault, though. They also cut out some lines here or there, nothing too huge, although I did miss Mercutio acting like an ass.

(Speaking of Shakespeare, I found out that PBS is playing The Hollow Crown in September, with Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston. Excited!)

As for Cloud Atlas...how can words express how good this movie was? It was based on a book, which I now also want to read. Basically, it's about reincarnation, but it's also about how "strangers" lives are all connected, spanning about a thousand years. There's only something like ten actors that play about thirty-some main roles, too. And while at first glance it seems to be about love, (and really, not all the characters have a love story) it's also about freedom and how our actions affect the world. It's about two and a half hours long, and it packs in all the things which make a great story--love, adventure, comedy, tragedy, and an overarching message that doesn't make you feel gross, like you've just been preached to.

This was one of those Hollywood movies that flopped simply because audiences don't like complicated movies. Why is it that the world doesn't want to have to think?

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