Tons of reviews out there already for this, so I’m just going to throw out some random thoughts, with no organization.
* Two words pop up frequently in reviews: “ambitious” and “messy”. I agree with both, but it’s not as messy as I thought it would be. The editing between the six storylines is actually handled quite gracefully.
* Soylent Green double reference… clever, too clever, or not clever enough? I kind of groaned at it.
* Some of the makeup is absolutely astounding (I was shocked at a couple of entries in the ending credits) and some of it is absolutely wretched. Whoever did Hugh Grant’s “Denholme Cavendish” makeup should be banned from Hollywood.
* I don’t know if the actors-in-multiple-roles thing adds enough to be worth the gimmickiness of it.
* The Wachowskis are incapable of seeing Hugo Weaving as anything but a villain. Got it.
* Not a lot of subtlety going on here. Pretty blunt and repetitive hammering of the themes.
* Despite the fact that it felt like the film was climaxing at the two hour mark, I didn’t mind the 40 minutes that came afterwards. Surprisingly easy to watch.
* Tom Hanks as “Dermot Hoggins” is atrociously bad. At least it only lasted a couple of minutes.
* Action sequences were brilliantly executed but got a little tiresome and started to feel gratuitous.
* Either Halle Berry is a better actress than I give her credit for, or I’m blinded by her stunning good looks.
* Even though I’m giving this a fairly low score, I didn’t hate watching it. It’s a ballsy endeavor, for sure. And at least it’s better than either Perfume or any of the Matrix movies. I’d even give it another shot someday, but it left me thinking more about how impressive the production was than how the film resonated on any emotional or intellectual level.
Rating: Fair (69)