An Atonement review with no rhymes, no embellishments, no adjectives



Most of the first part of this movie was just people wandering around being British, and the timeline of the second part jumped around so much that it was easy to get lost.

Which, for the record, is two separate things I’ve taken a point off for.


A tiny Saoirse Ronan and a tiny Juno Temple? I wasn’t expecting that.

If this movie had any redeemable quality in this section, it’s James McAvoy’s performance. Then again, I’ve yet to see a movie he was in where he didn’t do a good job.


From a visual standpoint, this movie had a soft glow to it that made it easier to watch than it would have been otherwise.

On another note, the Forrest Gump-esque mixing of old and new footage was pretty neat, too.

Product Placement

Historical dramas don’t tend to have much product placement usually.


I don’t care how well made this movie is. It’s way too depressing for me to sit through again.

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8 comments on “An Atonement review with no rhymes, no embellishments, no adjectives

  1. I love the beginning of this movie. I think it’s so pretty. I get bored around the war scenes though… :/

  2. I didn’t like this movie either, it was just a waste of my time.

  3. Wow. thought that the sex scene between Keira Knightly and James McAvoy was one of the hottest on screen EVER. That carries some of the slower bits, but even aside from that I actually really love this film. Demonstrates how one action can alter the course of events so irrevocably…

  4. Atonement is, in my opinion, a book that shouldn’t have been adapted in the first place. It’s not a bad movie, but the very act of making it into a film stripped it of its essence – words (literature, narrative, alternate history) form the basis of redemption. For Ian McEwan, the novel alters our perception of ourselves and of our pasts.

    I just don’t think a movie could hold those ideas in place. A movie, by its very nature, has to literalize story.

    The book is amazing, one of my favorites, though.

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