Saturday, January 19, 2008


If you have been disappointed by the motion pictures you have seen lately, or if you don't even attend the cinema because all they seem to offer are action flicks, lame "comedies" and slasher pix, please do yourself a favor and go to see "Atonement."

If you'd like to see a fine drama with actors instead of movie stars, go see it. If you are curious about other lives and other times, go see it. If you want to stimulate your brain with questions about guilt and responsibility and atonement, go see it. If you are a fan of any type of history other than your own, go see it.

If you think a slow set-up time in a movie is tedious, don't go see it. If you don't like to see the realities of war, don't go see it. If you can't stand the fact that there are no car chases, don't go see it. If you don't like it if there are no potty jokes or farting or frat boy antics, don't go see it.
If you think it's just a "Chick Flick" don't go see it.

If you can't be patient enough to listen and understand the English accents, don't go see it. If you have read the book and think the movie won't be up to par with the book, don't go see it. If you can't be awake and aware enough to catch the subtle clues, don't, by any means, don't BOTHER to go see it.

If you want to think about a movie for a long time after you leave the theater, go see it. If you want to rush out and buy the book afterwards, go see it. If you want a thoughtful, well crafted, beautifully-filmed movie that doesn't insult your intelligence, go see it.

The choice is up to you.


Janet said...

I have not seen this movie but now you've got me interested! I'm so sick of slasher movies and stupid comedies with rude jokes etc....this sounds like a different kind of movie and one I might actually enjoy! Thanks for the heads up on this one.

couragetocreatewriteandlove said...

I will go to see it for sure.
thank you for your comments!
they brighten my day and re affirm me how happy I am to count you as a friend in my life!

Anonymous said...

This movie was incredible. It is truly the best picture I have seen in some time.


Diana S said...

YIKES. I don't know whether to go see it or not. I was on both sides of see it - don't see it. but thanks for the review! it actually sounds like a good movie that was well done.

Naturegirl said...

Thank YOU Julie for the review because it is a movie I want to see..and sitting with my fracture can be tedious so I know now I must see it! still hopping about NG

Casey said...

Vic & I hardly ever go to the movies any more, but I think we might venture out to see this one. I've heard nothing but raves about it from everyone and I love period movies ~ especially those set in England or Ireland!

GreenishLady said...

I have the book, but haven't read it yet. Now, should I see the film before or after I read the book?

Kelli said...

I will have to see it, it sounds wonderful!

Tea said...

I`ve seen the previews for that movie and really want to see it. My favorite kind and you make it sound even better!


Lila Rostenberg said...

Oh I will have to go see this one!!! Thanks for the review!

Laurie said...

I really want to see this movie, and I do like Keira Knightly (loved her in Pride and Prejudice). I have heard nothing but good things about this movie. No doubt I will have to wait until it comes out on dvd, this is not my hubby's cup of tea (he likes bang~bang, beat em' up movies).

Mary said...

This is a wonderful movie - Bob and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The acting is superb - the scenery (and Kiera Knightly)beautiful - and the story thought provoking but so very sad. Love is such a strong and powerful thing - when it is ruined forever by a moment, a thought, or a word - it is heartbreaking.

You wrote another great post here Julie - certainly better reading than watching paint dry, ha! ha!