Atonement

December 29, 2007 at 8:58 am (watch)

Go see it. Atonement is a fantastic movie, and in my mind better than the highly acclaimed novel on which it’s based (I rarely concede that), although I have to admit that I barely remember the book. (One review of the movie said that it significantly alters the ending, and I have no idea what the original ending was.)

My usual problem with books-turned-movies is that so much of the good stuff–characters’ thoughts, lyricism, sprawling subplots–has to get cut to fit into a two hour movie. But Atonement, for all its year-and-country-jumping, hinges on a single event, almost a single moment. So losing subplots doesn’t hurt, and instead tightens the movie so the tension is even greater.

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