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#18 Atonement


Starring Kiera Knightley, James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan

There are few films that completely tear you heart out when the ending credits roll. This is definitely one of them. I was really rooting for this film at the Oscars that year because compared to the rest of the films it has that classic Hollywood feel. From the cinematography to the score to the costume design, I feel that this movie really had that classic beauty to it. The director Joe Wright is one of my favorites because he views every frame and every background of each scene as a work of art. You can take a still at any point in this movie and you can hang it on your wall as art.

And to top it off you have several of the best performances of the year. Kiera Knightley and James McAvoy have this subtle yet raw sensual chemistry from their first scene which makes the ending all the more powerful. And Saoirse Ronan was fantastic in this role. Very few actors her age can pull off playing such a mature yet innocent child. As much as I despised her for what she did, I still felt for her.

If I had to give this movie any criticism, I would say that the war scenes in the middle of the movie were a bit dragging.



-Oscar Winner Alert: Best Original Score Nominated for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress, Art Direction, Cinematography and Costume Design

-The score rightfully deserved the Oscar win. Extremely original and extremely effective in creating the tension needed to fully understand the difficulties of their romance.

-Not only did we get Saoirse Ronan out of this movie but we also got Juno Temple. Most recently seen in Kaboom and The Dark Knight Rises.

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