Atonement was big news when it was released at the cinema, mainly because of the two main stars, the divine James McAvoy (please divorce your wife and marry me), and the stunning Keira Knightley (please send me your cast-offs. Men, I mean, not clothes. I’d never get into any of her outfits). Unfortunately, in this day and age, it tends to be films that bring the original book to people’s attention, as opposed to the other way around. However, I haven’t yet read the book so I’ll just comment on the film in isolation. And I have to say, it was really bloody good.
It’s the story of a young couple in love, who are caught getting up to no good in the library of her home. Her meddling little sister is confused by the situation, and events that follow the same evening are blown out of all proportion, and the young man, Robbie is wrongly accused of a crime he didn’t commit. This leads to the young couple being separated, and living a life they never in a million years expected.
A tragic and yet beautiful love story, Atonement had me in tears, particularly towards the end when the film comes to its ultimate climax. The performances by McAvoy and Knightley were excellent, and in the scenes before they truly realise their feelings for one another, you could cut the tension with a knife. The passion was palpable, and once more, Ms. Knightley had me really wanting to be in her shoes! Especially up against the damn bookcase – sexy or what!?
Anyway, naughtiness apart, I spent large amounts of the film either crying, gasping or hiding behind my cushion, which surely, is the sign of a good film. I have no doubt the book will have me a blubbering mess in no time.