Sunday, September 16, 2007


I’ve been to see Atonement today at the Cinema. It wasn’t what I expected, or as good as I expected it to be. It was however very emotionally powerful, and the cinema-photography was absolutely top notch, and I loved how it played around with time. It showed an event as seen through one character and then shows it again as seen through another character. It was successful in portraying how people’s perspectives can be completely different, upon witnessing the same event, and how judgements and conclusions can be made.

However I expected more from it, it didn’t have that element that had you constantly thinking what’s going to happen next. It was actually quite boring in places. It failed to draw me in. Anyone who’s seen the advertisement for it probably knows the lead man (Robbie) gets accused of something unfairly. After that happens the film, I think, loses it’s identity. They seemed to forget the story and only want to deliver the message of how crap it was for soldiers in France in the 2nd world war, of which they did a faultless job. In doing this they lost the essence of the film, which was the love between Robbie and Cecilia.

In conclusion I would say go and see Atonement at the cinema to see the amazing cinema-photography but don’t expect much else.

1 comment:

Rae said...

It has taken me a few days to decide if I enjoyed Attonement or not. Because I came away with mixed emotions I have come to the conclusion that I must have, however: I found the thematic incindental music to be overly sinister rather than building tension. The Dunkirk representation was the most honest and in light of how Dunkirk is seen now, possibly quite controversial view.
The time shifiting narritive I found challenging,however I enjoyed the changing perspectives and the insight this gave us.