My Issues With Atonement
Please excuse my lateness to the party. I only just got around to watching it on Netflix.
- •The direction is exhaustingly "stately"The director's go-to move to establish any emotion - lust, rage, regret - is to have a character stare at something with a neutral expression on his/her face. It could've been an all-mannequin production. This is connected to my next issue...
- •I never buy that these two are in loveI buy that they really, really enjoyed having sex with each other and would like to do it again (and who could blame them?). But I can't picture them enjoying any other activity together (even though we kinda see them walking down a beach and hysterically laughing because oceans are hilarious, I guess).
- •This bloke got on me nerves, 'e did! A real pain-in-the-arse, Bob's-your-uncle wanker, 'e is!Seriously, I wanted him to get gangrene and die. He's like a cockney Jar Jar Binks.
- •*NEXT ONE'S A SPOILER*
- •WHOA WHOA WHOA HOW DID THIS HAPPEN???!!!Lola married her rapist?! Did she fall for him? Did he coerce her? Why do we need so many scenes to establish "war is horrid" and "Briony feels guilty" but this fascinating Lolita-esque story (feat. the great Benedict Cumberbatch, no less) only gets a brief nod?!