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Atonement 2007

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, this stunning epic love story stars Keira Knightley and James McAvoy and is hailed by critics as "a ravishing romance".

Starring:
Saoirse Ronan, Ailidh Mackay
Runtime:
2 hours, 2 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Joe Wright
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Ailidh Mackay
Supporting actors Brenda Blethyn, Julia West, James McAvoy, Harriet Walter, Keira Knightley, Juno Temple, Felix von Simson, Charlie von Simson, Alfie Allen, Patrick Kennedy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Wight, Leander Deeny, Peter O'Connor, Daniel Mays, Nonso Anozie, Michel Vuillermoz, Lionel Abelanski
Studio Focus Features
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I personally found this a spellbinding movie, though I understand why critics would object. The literary origins are retained through the artifice of a structure essential to conceal the twist in the plot. The downside is that the film is somewhat stagey and stylised, though the author conceals shocks brilliantly. You are somehow aware of the artifice throughout, the reasons for which become apparent at the end.

The country house scenes look very chocolate box, and could easily have been the start of a familiar romantic drama of the Camomile Lawn ilk, but all is thrown into disarray in rapid succession by the use of a taboo word, an act of witnessed passion, the violent rape of a young girl and a false accusation.

What follows is the unfolding drama and the story of the atonement, told in several chapters and centred around the character Briony at three ages - 13, 18 and 77. To give each credit, Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai and Vanessa Redgrave each give a sparkling turn and look precisely like an older version of their younger selves. Ronan in particular makes a magical job of competing for screen time with the likes of McAvoy, Knightley, Cumberbatch, Kennedy and Walter - and frankly, wins hands down most of the time!

The finest set piece is however Dunkirk. There is a single, intricate shot weaving in and out of the huge and complex array of activity on the beach as McAvoy's Robbie and his two companions try to find their way around. This is masterly film-making and worth the price of the DVD on its own.

The denouement is left in the hands of Vanessa Redgrave, and what a smashing job she makes of it too. Fragile yet playful, wistful yet leaving no doubt of the sincerity of her regrets, this is a fine performance.
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Whew! I've just ordered yet another copy of this film for a friend who hasn't yet seen it, and thought I'd glance at the reviews while I was at it...half an hour later, I'm left with such a sense of how very different each one of us truly is, and how differently we view & experience movies! I suppose that we're all looking for different things from them.
I hadn't read the book before seeing this film way back in September '07. I've read it since, and despite the immaculate crafting and writing it leaves me cold like so many of Ian McEwan's novels (I keep trying but...sorry)
That I've seen the film 12 times now probably speaks volumes. I remember when I left the cinema after the first time, I felt raw...I couldn't bear anyone to talk to me for about an hour afterwards as I needed time to 'come down' from the emotion. I saw it 4 times on the big screen in total (this isn't unusual for me...if I love a film, I'll watch it several times to squeeze every drop from it - ergo, I've seen The King's Speech 4 times already!) and I have to be careful about watching it now as it can affect me quite strongly still - I just find the emotions, characters, acting so powerful & moving. I wasn't a fan of Keira Knightley before particularly, but after this, The Edge of Love and The Duchess I cannot wait to see her again. James McAvoy is & will continue to be one of our greatest new acting talents...I see only great things ahead for him. Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch - their body of work before & since 'Atonement' speaks volumes for them too.
Much has been said and debated in these reviews on the story, the cinematography, the accents, the period details...I'm not going to add to that.
Reviews are so, so personal.
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It is a delightful film, well paced, with a beautiful background, strong emotions and remarquable actors. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it. I found it just as enjoyable as the book it was adapted from.
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Brilliant performances from Kiera Knightley, James McAvoy and Romola Garai as Knightley's jealous younger sister.

This is a great film, tragic yet entertaining, and offers a moral lesson on the destructive power of jealousy.

A must see for lovers of drama.
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If you enjoy interpreting your own understanding of literature and film rather than relying on the author or director telling you exactly what is happening this is a film for you. If you enjoy tragedy that is never avenged then this is a film for you. This was not a film for me. The story is told through the eyes of what I would call the 'antagonist' which makes an unsatisfactory tale for me anyway. I did like seeing a black soldier (Mace)accompanying Robbie to Dunkirk. This is something that is not often seen in WWII depictions considering Britain raised a lot of soldiers from the 'Commonwealth' countries and it was good to hear Nettle - the white soldier - acknowledge his knowledge of Britain's colonisation of Africa and Asia. This is something people conveniently forget about these days.
I have not read the book but the director explained in the bonus features of the DVD that he followed the book very closely so I am not interested in reading the book if it is not going to definitively tell me what occurred.
It is not a rubbish film but for me it was unfulfilling.
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