Let’s just get out of the way: The first trailer for “Cloud Atlas” looks insane. This film promises to be a complete shit show, which makes sense because it has three directors — Larry Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski (we’re not sure why the brother’s names are split apart — maybe for visual symmetry?) — six different narrative arcs, and has a top-billed cast that’s 13 actors deep. Familiar as we are with the book, we have no idea how they’re going to tie this all together.
Something that must be addressed: Much as we love Tom Hanks (we thought about seeing “Larry Crowne”), he looks kind of ridiculous in all his different get-ups. Especially the one where he’s some pinstripe suit-wearing tough who throws someone over the railing of a roof deck like it’s no big deal. This more than anything encapsulates what we think “Cloud Atlas” will end up being — an over-the-top mess. Although it does seem like the kind of mess you want to see in a theater. We’d be shocked if this isn’t one of the best-looking films released this year. Anyway, it’s hard to believe people are still giving the Wachowski brothers money to do this sort of thing, especially after the “Speed Racer” debacle. Note: the use of M83’s “Outro” (off 2011’s similarly bloated “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”) is a pretty close to perfect, so bravo for that.