Cloud Atlas seems to be one of the most divisive movies among critics this year. Those that love the movie see it as an ambitious, inspiring, and well-crafted tale that spans six sub-stories and weaves them into an incredible tapestry of storytelling. Those that hate it see it as a confusing, overblown, and pretentious mess. I fall into the former camp, and after watching it last Saturday with the wife, we have done nothing but talk about the movie. Be forewarned, this review will contain spoilers; stop now if you are concerned about ruining your Cloud Atlas viewing experience.
Where to start? I think for our purposes, I will treat this review as an opportunity to address the concerns of the critics/viewers that have pitched their tent in the hater camp.