"...the story can resume."
I don't know what I was expecting from this film. I guess it's in a guy like me's
nature to retract against films like Pride and Prejudice. Coming from
the same director this is exactly what I thought it would be. An epic
story of love and woe? Come on we've seen those war torn stories time
and time again.
It has taken me over a month now to muster up
the energy to see Atonement and the result of my experience surprises
even myself. I absolutely loved it.
Filmed and told through
unconventional methods and beautiful cinematography. One scene lasts
about five minutes in length without a single cut. Rivaling that of Touch of Evil
and Children of Men
the camera travels through a war torn beach as James McAvoy
stumbles past 300,000 British troops, executed horses, bar fights, ship
wrecks, band stands, up hills, over fences, and into a pub. It's
definitely an amazing shot that only took 5 takes to accomplish. When
you see the film you know that's a huge accomplishment for director Joe
I guess another aspect that caught me off guard was the
complexity of how the story was told. I won't give anything away but
there is a refreshing little twist at the end. Not a blow your face off
twist but just one of those "Ahhhhhhhh...wow that's deep
I enjoyed every frame that carried James McAvoy
. Truly an amazing performance. You can't help but love the guy. Keira
was good too but only through the shadow that is James. Her stoic
beauty and quick pace does justice to the style and speed of the period
film. As far as acting goes lets give a nod to all three women, young
and old, who played Briony
Probably one of the better age transformations between actors I've ever
really seen. I would say the youngest girl did the best job though.
Last but not least the score was brilliant. Dario Marianelli
creates music within elements of the scene. For example a typewriter's
pounding keys was added into the music. In one scene a women erupts
from the darkness beating a car with her umbrella. The pounding on the
car is in perfect sinc
with the music. On the extremely long take discussed above the camera
passes through a band stand and the random hymn the soldiers are
singing matches perfectly with the score. Beautiful.
I loved Atonement. Although it would not be my preferred choice I have no beef with it getting handed a golden guy.