Movie Review: Atonement

After watching Atonement, my girlfriend asked me what I though of the movie. I said, "What a sad, sad movie."

A sad movie it is. While I wasn't able to read the novel by Ian McEwan the film was based on, I could imagine it's a fine piece of work. The story itself is simple, but the weight of the unfolding events and the performances by the Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and newcomer Saoirse Ronan probably made this period drama Oscar-worthy.

Speaking of the story, Atonement is about a romance between a British heiress (Knightley) and an up and coming Cambridge fellow (McAvoy) and how a young, perhaps too imaginative pre-teen girl (Ronan) puts everything in a very unfavorable situation. A few years after their life-changing encounter, the three meet again and the drama of redemption and retribution happens. Anybody watching the movie should look out for the scene towards the end where the young girl is now a nurse and she confronts the couple in their derelict flat. Good stuff.

I wouldn't be surprised if you feel the need pop a Prozac after watching Atonement. It's a tragic romance that doesn't twaddle in the melodramatic.

Rating: 4/5

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