Directed by Joe Wright
Well, this is it! I should really give Atonement the attention it deserves and leave my thoughts about ending this journey on my Oscar post. But it's hard, as I have been working on this for five years (which, being a young thing, is about a quarter of my life). Anyway, I did enjoy Atonement, so I will do my best.
In 1935, Briony Tallis, a thirteen year old who dreams of being a famous writer, sees Cecilia, her older sister, and Robbie, a servant's son, have a moment of serious sexten (sexual tension to the uninformed). Not truly understanding what she saw, Briony is further confused when Robbie gives her a sexually explicit letter to deliver to Cecilia. After Briony witnesses Robbie and Cecilia having sex in the library, she believes Robbie is a sexual deviant. When Briony's cousin, Lola, is raped in the woods, Briony accuses Robbie of the crime, ruining many lives (including her own).
I hate to be this guy, but the book was better. Briony was much more sympathetic in the book. This is a rather frustrating story and my annoyance with Briony threatened to ruin my enjoyment more than once. Still, Kiera Knightley is one of my favorite actresses and James McAvoy was fantastic as eye candy.
Well, I suppose that's a wrap. God this feels weird.
Saoirse Ronan received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for this film at the age of 13.