I will start one word that I have for the movie ‘WOW’.
Atonement is set mostly in England over the course of the late 1930’s to early 1940’s. A rich British family is busy doing what rich families did back then even living under the threat of war – have dinner parties, frolic through their giants gardens, and flirt with the help and that’s when our young 13 year old Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) at the estate and wanna-be writer had a crush on Robbie Turner (help), but Robbie is above the age of consent and he isn’t interested in Briony. One day, Briony sees her older sister with Robbie and does what any 13-year-old would do, she flips.
The rest of the movie shows the consequences of the lies that were told at such a young age. The chance to launch her fiction into reality presents itself when the sexually awakened Briony finds Lola getting raped by a man whom she fingers as Robbie. For five years, Robbie is remanded to the army, while Cecilia who truly loved him against all odds tries to build a life for the both of them back home.
Briony spends the rest of her life attempting to atone for what she did.
Filming Techniques I absolutely loved:
One is to incorporate the pounding of the old-school typewriter that Briony is using into the music. A few times, I didn’t realize it was a typewriter at first as it just seemed to flow with the melody.
Another technique is to show same sequence of events from the different perspective as someone is watching them. You see their reactions and are made part of their interpretation of the events. The next seen is the same sequence of events, but from the perspective of someone who was closer or part of the action and so the interpretation or the event itself was completely different. This was used 3 or 4 times and each time, it was interesting to see the different angles of what transpired.
I absolutely loved the scene where towards the end of the Battle of France in 1940, more than 300,000 British and French troops made their way to Dunkirk, France to be evacuated. The scene included several characters on the beach with a continuous camera flow as it moves through the beach to show the troops resting, singing, destroying supplies that could be used by the Germans, and doing whatever they could to keep occupied while they wait for ships to arrive. The scene lasts for about 10 minutes with never a single cut-away. It is breathtaking and definitely one of the best recreations of the Dunkirk situation I’ve seen.
It’s impossible not to be moved by ATONEMENT
Also read ‘I am Legend’ review