Sunday, January 27, 2008

MOVIE: Atonement

Absolutely spectacular cinematography. Interesting (if sometimes annoying) directing. Impressive acting. And a musical score that revolved around the scenes (ie: banging an umbrella on the car, a typewriter, machine gun fire) in an effective manner rarely possible in most productions.

However the movie took a realllllly looooonnnnnng tiiiiiimmmmmme to go nowhere. Especially the war scenes. Sure, they were gorgeous and helped to visually set the mood. But plot-wise they were about as needed as an inflamed
appendix. If all the frivolously long scenes were removed and the characters weren't allowed to reflect on their never-to-be-reclaimed joys of former lives, the whole thing would have been thirty minutes long.

Ultimately, I'm tainted. I was offended by the suggestion that writing is essentially dishonest. Perhaps if that overtone wasn't thrust upon me as a parting blow, I'd recommend it as a good "Date Flick." However, I'm wounded in places I don't like to admit. So, I'll waste my falsehoods on other flicks. This movie is dead to me.
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