Cloud Atlas: a brief review

I watched Cloud Atlas last night with Caitlin and my parents.  If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend clearing out an afternoon to make time.  (It's three hours long.) I wanted to write a post about it, but honestly I haven't got the remotest clue where to begin.  I know that I will have to watch this movie again, but with my work schedule as packed as it is, I don't know where I'll find the time.  Maybe there'll be a good space next week.

Here are some things I intend to look for next viewing:  There are periods where one character gets a voice-over and all the timelines get screentime.  How are they thematically connected?  Which characters get voice-overs, and for what themes?  What's the ratio of happy endings to sad ones?  Who had the birthmark in each timeline?

I also think I'll want to read the book, which apparently is formatted pretty differently.

For now, I leave you with this picture of Ben Whishaw, from the timeline in the early 1900's, because he is sexy: