I saw Atonement the other night (finally). I have been meaning to see it for the last two weeks, but I am poor and just haven't made the time to see it. Why I waited so long, I don't know. All I have to say is the film completely exceeded my expectations. And why this film has fallen off the award planet's map is beyond me.
Atonement is a powerful film that takes you on an emotional roller coaster for two hours. It affected me so much that I couldn't say anything for a couple minutes. Joe Wright had a great vision for this film. The editing was very effective with the use of time and flashbacks. There was also an amazing long shot on the beach during World War II that is one of the best I've seen.
As for the acting, it was top notch. I truly cared about Cecilia and Robbie. And, to find out their fates was shocking and powerful. I couldn't believe it. The three actor role of Briony was also very well casted. Especially, Saoirse Ronan in the beginning of the film and even Vanessa Redgrave's short appearance was great.
I simply thought this film was beautifully made. Ten years ago, you would have to think it would be sweeping the awards. Although, at the present moment the award scene has changed. Regardless that doesn't take away the fact that Atonement is an amazing film.