Review: Atonement

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Before divulging deeper into the review, I need to inform you that I have read the novel prior watching the movie, and because of that, I had high expectation of the movie because the book was simply beautiful in every way. Not only the movie met my expectation but it also managed to exceed it. It’s some kind of miracle to find a motion picture that is written, directed and acted to perfection. Atonement swept me up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance I have never witnessed in a long time. Christopher Hampton who wrote the screenplay of the film did an amazing job in capturing the essence of the characters and the evoking emotions from the novel. And the director Joe Wright polished his adaptation skills once again after his successful acclimatization of Pride and Prejudice in 2005. The performance is utterly magnificent. James McAvoy and Keira Knightley had vividly sprung the characters of Robbie Turner and Cecilia Tallis to life, and both have demonstrated their merit in leading roles. Of course, it was Saoirse Ronan and Romola Garai (who played the role of Briony Tallis at 13 and 18 years of age, respectively) that stole the show with their splendid performance. The cinematography is so beautifully captured, especially the Dunkirk scene where Robbie surveys the evacuation site in one breathtaking shot. The ending, which, both happy and tragic, is as wrenching as it is genuinely satisfying with a surprising twist that will leave the audience in tears.

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Atonement is simply the best movie I have seen in 2007. No two-hour film could ever capture all the riches of McEwan’s masterly novel, but Wright and Hampton’s Atonement comes beautifully close, while adding sensual delights all its own. This movie is a must and a worthy contender in every award it is nominated in.

The Bottom Line

A+

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Definitely gonna watch that, Hope WT are not paying u to say that 😛

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  2. I know its a very good movie, but not something you can watch with a bunch of guys! hahaha

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  3. I loved the book. Will have to see the movie, now that I’ve read your review.

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  4. @OpeRon

    Make sure to do so…and I hope they were paying me because I’ll not stop raving about it.

    @Marzouq

    LOL I know what you mean but this movie is totally not a chick flick. Seriously, don’t be embarrassed to grab as many guys as you can and watch. They story is really good. Don’t miss it on DVD at least.

    @Intlxpatr

    This movie is one of the best adaptation ever. More faithful than the Kite Runner (which was a good movie too by the way).

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  5. Are you interested in writing movie reviews?

    Pls check out this opportunity at MoviePress,
    http://metalbirds.com/popkorns/jobs/

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  6. Posted by vixenfatale on January 14, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    i loved the book , one of the best books i read. And the movie was just superb : )

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  7. @Kuldeep

    Hmmm. Let me think about it.

    @Vixen

    I cannot agree more 🙂

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