Excellent mini epic. The leads are beautiful. The story tragic. Really illustrates how false accusations can really hurt everyone involved. That poor lil girl is tortured tho. Maybe warranted to a point but Man her pain never ends and will probably follow her to death and beyond.
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.