If it didn't come out in such a strong year, it would probably sweep the awards from technical to major categories. It starts as poetic painting that reaches the heights of romance drama and slowly descends into devastating war movie. Striking scenery of English countryside and drab of war-zone are masterfully captured and accompanied with one of the most creative scores that altogether seal this as an eulogy of film
Wow... okay first of all this movie ripped out my soul so I'm currently a hollow shell of my former self. Second, the cinematography, soundtrack, and acting (by everyone, though maybe not young adult Briony) were perfect. Third, and most importantly, it cost $0.00 to mind your OWN damn business!!!
As an adaptation, it captures McEwan's sharp critique of pre-war social dynamics and a tragic dramatic irony that dooms the tale's protagonists. The brief scenes of war echo Wilfred Owen's poetry painted into motion picture. Knightley and McAvoy arrest the screen, and the ensemble add layer upon layer to an at times disturbing, and always deeply felt tale.
Wright's lively directing style breathes life into this period movie with a beautifully developed story. The movie also benefits from a really solid cast that's only brought down by the slightly older version of Briony, who doesn't hold a candle to Saoirse Ronan.