Tune In To Atonement?
The more I read through Atonement, the more I can see how this novel became an Academy Award nominated movie. It’s a great story, just made for Hollywood.
At times, though, the plot feels almost too Hollywood with too many perfectly timed coincidences. A few incidents in the plot are the action movie equivalent of the sniper who shoots the gunman seconds before the gunman shoots the hostage in the head.
It all starts with a letter and the imagination of a young, budding writer, Briony. She witnesses a strange incident with her older sister, Cecilia, and a boy, Robbie (a childhood friend). Soon after, she comes into possession of the letter that Robbie sends to Cecilia.
The combination of those two events have drastic consequences for Robbie. And they honestly make you want to toss Briony into a pool of alligators.
To get an idea of the plot, take a look at the official trailer for the Atonement movie, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. It’s interesting how the eery, melancholy feel of the novel that I have in my man brain translates perfectly to the trailer.
Is the Atonement movie worth my time…after I read the novel?