Not the type of film I'd usually run to see (nor most people here judging by the genres reviewed). In fact the last film of type "drama" I saw at the cinema was "The Last King of Scotland" (also starring James McAvoy) and before that "Billy Elliot".|
Anyhow, this film is brilliant! Not read the Ian McEwan book it's adapted from, but it is amazingly evocative of the time period. So atmospheric - the first half, set in the stifling elegance of an English manor house is erotically claustrophobic. Then when everything goes badly wrong, and the setting moves to WWII London+France it goes all bleak and grey. I wouldn't be surprised if this wins cinematography awards.
The acting from the whole cast is superb, even Keira who I generally don't like. But the child actors definitely top the adults - particularly Saoirse Ronan as the younger Briony.
Oh, and you get to see Miss Knightley in a satin undergarment, drenched, clinging tightly to her skin. Twice.
Which is nice. But she still looks like a harpy when she smiles...
Anyhow, your GFs/wives will love this one, and you may just get wrapped up in it yourself too.
Bru-Man 200 posts
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