Here are a few other things that I like about the Cloud Atlas movie as opposed to the book:
• In the far future, everyone wears ponchos!!!! This is totally awesome. I love ponchos. What's more, I love crocheting ponchos. In the credits of the movie they listed a knitter and a knitter/crocheter. It never occurred to me that I could quit my job and crochet ponchos for the movies as a living. I'm now SERIOUSLY considering it.
• Several of the stories made more sense to me in the movie than they did in the book. Most notably the one about the young composer between the wars. The ending of that story made no sense to me in the book. It made more sense in the movie.
• Sonmi's story was much more moving as it was portrayed in film. Her mode of speech was very flat and had little affect. In the book, there was nothing to contrast with that flatness. In the movie, the dichotomy between the flatness of her speech and the emotions on her face as we saw her story unfold made me really connect with her in a way that I hadn't in the book.
• The way the movie moved more fluidly between the stories allowed me to see the echoes between the stories more clearly.
I'm sure there are more things. I'll post them as I remember them.
So, Molly, was there anything in the book as awesome as everyone in the future wearing ponchos? I don't think so!