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  1. @PostApocInfo
    @PostApocInfo January 31, 2013 at 8:52 pm .

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  2. Marvin
    Marvin February 1, 2013 at 12:17 am . Reply

    I really enjoyed the movie, though I agree the cross-racial makeup was disorienting. (I also haven’t read the book. Didn’t even know there was a book until I saw the movie.)

    Despite the awkwardness of some of the makeup, for me one positive side-effect of the small cast playing across race and sex was the feeling I got of watching a theater troupe at work — the sort of thing where you have a couple dozen characters and only a handful of actors, and every scene involves a quick-change of clothes and makeup, and you see through the illusion on one level but go with it on another because of the actorly energy and effort on display. It makes me want to misappropriate Shakespeare —

    All the world’s a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players:
    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts…

    — and re-apply it not to the “ages of man” but to the film’s quasi-Buddhist, New-Agey message that we are all multitudes, and yet we are all one (if we can see past the fear and the greed). Which, on reflection, struck me as a powerful implication of theater itself, and something that we tend to lose in movies where, as a rule, one actor = one character (and a strictly pigeon-holed character at that).

    By contrast, I quickly lost track of the comet tattoo thingy. I noticed it early and then forgot about it, and by the end I had stopped looking for it.

  3. ZenKimchi
    ZenKimchi February 1, 2013 at 10:14 am . Reply

    I did read the book and loved it. And I, too, was amazed at the screenwriting feat. The book just tells the first half of each story before going to the next one. The middle of the book is the post-apocalyptic part and then moves back in sequence to the other halves of the stories. The screenplay cut to the stories when there was some type of character or plot rhyming between the stories. I was quite happy with what they did.

    The make-up was hugely distracting. The people in Seoul did look like aliens. I’m sure there were better ways of doing the make-up. Funnily, the make-up won an award somewhere.

    One of the main themes of the original story, as said by the author, is the way some people use their power over others. What was the line? “If you don’t eat, you’re meat?”

    So, continuing the relationship between Sixsmith and Frobisher would have been a distraction. The center of that story was how the old composer was using his power over Frobisher.

    I also liked how they tried to stay true to the media forms of each story. Not only is each story in a different timeline and a different genre of storytelling. They also each pass into the next story in different forms–a journal, letters, a novel, a movie, a holocron.

    Aa an aside, it’s uncanny how my taste in movies syncs with Roger Ebert. I feel the same way as he does in that this is one of those movies that begs multiple watchings because of all the layers. I saw Lincoln. I liked Lincoln. But the only reason for me to re-watch Lincoln would be to pick up all that dialogue I missed because it was so quiet.

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