Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Atonement


Yesterday, I went to the movies, all by myself. I don't like going to the movies alone, because I like turning to the person next to me and complain/whisper/amaze/drool and so on..

So anyway, I went to see the film Atonement, starring Keira Knightly and James McAvoy, with an appearance of the legendary Vanessa Redgrave. I have to say that the movie was absolutely thrilling. It was exciting, beautiful, romantic and most of the time, very grave. I won't spoil it, just tell you the basic storyline.

The movie is an adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel Atonement and tells the tale of a young girl Briony Tallis, who sees something, interprets it wrongly, and makes a wrongful accusation which leads to many disastrous events in the lives of Cecilia (Briony's sister) and Robbie, the housekeeper's son.

The romance and lust in Robbie's character is almost tangible, and you feel extreme pain at the events that affect every character in the film. Saoirse Ronan, who plays Briony, amazed me with her magical acting abilities. James McAvoy will probably make every woman leave the theatre wanting him. His eyes, gestures and not to mention insanely brilliant acting, say it all. I was a bit dissapointed by Keira Knightly, though. She seems to have grown up as an actress, but to me, a brilliant performance is one where I forget that the person is acting. In between all the pouting and stiff body movements, there was a strong character in her, but all in all, Keira failed to make a beleiver out of me.

The movie is worth seeing if you like to watch fables that make you think. The music in the background and the sound of the typewriter will make your heart beat faster at times. The director and editors spun this movie brilliantly. Great possibilities for this film in terms of awards.

Note 1: There are sexual scenes in the movie. They are a CRUCIAL part of the film. So if you're in Kuwait, DON'T WATCH IT! You will definitely not get the point of the story.

Note 2: If you're a hopeless romantic (like moi!), remember me when you reach the library scene.*Sigh*

5 comments:

Lilo said...

hey, you dont need to go on your own next time :(
the next time i decide to go to the movies, we'll go together :D
i do have to warn you though, i compare movies to books and literature and i start analysing things..but after the movie is done (of course :P)

This Lady Says said...

Yaaay! Someone like me haha..
I love analyzing things, even days after I've seen the movie!
I had to go alone because my girl friends were either busy or they've seen it, and my guy friends hate romance or drama (only action and comedy).
Its times like these when I wish I had a boyfriend! LOL.

Ana Filibini said...

If you're in Kuwait and wants to see a movie that's not in the spectrum of your friends call me. I too love to analyze and compare movies to books. Although I have to warn you that I always prefer the books :)

Must. buy. this. book. oh. I. forgot. im. in. kuwait.

This Lady Says said...

Yeah me too! I've read and seen Memoirs of a Geisha, Da Vinci Code and others I cant remember. And they were nothing compared to the book.
I havent read Atonement, but critics say the movie is a great adaptation of the novel.

Vixen said...

OMG I LOVE YOU!!!! i didnt know they made it a movie it's like my fav. book ever!! It made me cry so much!!!!!!! *hug* thanx!!