I’ve been gushing over Ian McEwan’s Atonement for quite a while now. Doesn’t matter which format it comes to me in, book, movie, soundtrack, discussion – I have been living and breathing Atonement. I love everything about it.
It is by far my favourite modern book, and it is very nearly my favourite movie (edged out only the tiniest, tiniest bit by Moulin Rouge). There is just something about that story that gets me every time. I’ve pretty much been nonstop talking about it, thinking about it, dreaming about it. My friend is reading it now and I can’t wait for her to finish it so I can talk about it all over again.
The book is wonderfully written, with intriguing characters and a story that will absolutely break your heart over the unfairness of it. There will be characters you hate with an absolute passion, characters that make you shudder, and others that you just want to reach through the pages to and protect them from the world. It’s an astounding journey.
The film adaptation is one of those rare moments where the movie actually manages to live up to the book. Of course, it can never be better, because there are just certain details that the screen could never capture, but it does a magnificent job. The combination of the beautiful cinematography and the haunting soundtrack add to the tragedy that is this story. It leaves me in tears every time. There is a five minute scene on the beach of Dunkirk that’s incredible on its own in that it manages to capture all the horrors of war, but when you realise it’s also all one shot, no editing or breaks, then it will just completely blow you away. Stunning. Beautiful. Mesmerizing. Quick, give me the Kleenex!
To anyone who hasn’t experienced Atonement then please do! Read the book, watch the movie, whichever you choose, but experience it! It’s incredible. And if you’re a sap like me, you will bawl your eyes out. If you love it as much as me, do let me know, so we can gush about it together! Or if you know of a book (or movie) that gets to you the way Atonement gets to me, please tell me what it is! I’d love another story to give me all dem feels.