Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Nearly everything about this movie is absolutely wonderful. James McAvoy, criminally underated in last year's Last King of Scotland, had damn well get a best actor nomination for his work here. His work is simply remarkable. Keira Knightley, who I've...(read more) not been a huge fan of, is really great convincing and emotive. Both actors are so exquisite as acting with merely a facial expression that they can convey so much so effortlessly without words (the cafe scene is a primo example). Both the 13 and 18 year old Briony actresses are wonderful, with a special nod to young Saoirse Ronan who acts with a mature sense far beyond her years. The story is moving but also frustrating. I often found myself not so much moved but more angry and frustrated at the film's situations (but not in a bad way). Joe Wright's direction is perfect. His tracking/dolley shot across Dunkirk just before the evacuation (if it was truly done in just one take) is the single most impressive shot I've ever seen in a film. It's simply spellbinding. I recommend this movie wholeheartedly (yes, even for guys).
Overall Score: 9/10

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