IMDB Rating: 7.8/ 10
Disclaimer: I am a huge fan of this film, I have seen it a few years back and I loved it so much! It is extremely rare to find a movie that leaves you completely speechless and awe struck hours after the credits started rolling, and this is no exception from such rarities. Thus, I am eternally grateful to have the privilege of not only enjoying the film but also appreciating it for what it truly is: a well-directed film, a beautifully written script and an amazing cast of actors! Thus, I apologize in advance if I happen to rant about how much I love the film instead of reviewing it.
I do not even know where to start! The technical aspects of the film are brilliant, the plot is powerful and performances too are breathtaking. Now that is one movie that is hard to beat.
First of all, the technical aspects of the film are definitely noteworthy! The cinematography is just amazing! The way the camerawork moves around the house in the film certainly made it appear to be larger than life. The beautiful colors of the summer house was enhanced by beautiful camera angles. And don’t get me started on the beautiful score of the film. The chilling sound of a typewriter as a background music was undoubtedly a stroke of genius. Whoever thought of that idea deserves a round of applause. On top of that, the musical arrangement was just spot on! All the scenes were empowered by the accompanying instrumental score.
The plot too is extremely powerful. Things that you would expect happen did not, and things that you would never even imagine of did! If I were to talk about the whole plot of the film in great detail, I would be robbing you a great deal of suspense from the experience as a whole. Even the smallest tid bits that you learn before hand prior to seeing the film would lessen the impact of the plot twists. Thus, I would highly suggest that you restrain yourself from any forms of spoilers. And trust me when I say this, you are doing yourself a huge favor if you do so. This film is adapted from Ian McEwans novel of the same name. I learned that It is a great classic, definitely worth a try.
Last but not least, the casting of this film is just amazing. I cannot imagine it being any better with a different set of actors. Keira Knightley is quite an odd actress, her performance in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise was somewhat a bit wooden but she surely made amends in Pride and Prejudice (even though the film adaptation did not do justice towards Miss Austen’s original work), but in Atonement, it was as if she was made for the role. Not only that, I have always been a fan of Saiorse Ronan from films like The Lovely Bones, The Host and of course, Brooklyn, but in Atonement, she was a child actor with acting skills surpassing what you would expect from actors of her age. Her Oscar nomination in this film was definitely well deserved!
All in all, I do realize that this film review is a bit vague and is solely based on my personal opinions rather than thorough analysis towards the plot itself. However, words are inadequate in describing how truly awesome this film is. I would never take the risk of jeopardizing the experience by giving out spoilers, thus I urge you to be the judge for yourself.
As always, thank you so much for your time!