Monday, 24 January 2011

A-Z #17: Atonement

You can pick up hundreds of DVD's for a buck each - it doesn't matter. Its never about quantity, its about quality. A-Z is my way of going through my collection, from A-Z, and justifying why I own the films...

#17 - Atonement 

Why did I buy it?

Well, I didn't. Its not mine. It's Sarah's. Now - here are the ground rules on these posts:

1) Boxsets don't get discussed, which means that we shall inevitably get to a heated dicussion on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull because thats sits next to the boxset. It also makes it abundently clear that Alien and American Pie boxsets are yet to be discussed ... opposed to being completely ignored.

2) DVD's which are unopened and/or unwatched for the first time are not discussed. That means I had to skip over The Age of Innocence as, though I own it, I have yet to watch it. The question about whether it is good or not shall be post-viewing.

3) Sarah's DVD's are counted. We have combined our collection and, as she doesn't own many, I shall attempt to justify why I am content - or not - about her films. But, as Rule 2. dictates, if I haven't seen it, I cannot pass judgement. So poor Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth shall get no mention because I ain't seen it (and don't care to either).

Why do I/Sarah still own it?

I can appreciate the skill in the film. Joe Wright became 'who he is' through this Oscar-nominated film. The film won its accolades in England at the BAFTA's and it was great to see James McAvoy continue his ascent into stardom - whilst Saorsie Ronan began hers. Having only seen the film once, Sarah loves to watch the film when she has the chance as a great, sweeping romance to enjoy. I think it has a great touch upon the war to show the masculine angle on the same story. And I still love the dichotomy between story and truth that finishes the film.

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  1. You shouldn't be so dismissive of Pride and Prejudice. But if that's included, does that mean ALL TV box-sets are included?

  2. Ah! I haven't seen Atonement since its theater run, but as chance would have it I'm expecting it from Netflix this afternoon. Since it's been awhile, I don't remember it too well, but I did love the tragic love story it told. And the performances were brilliant. Well done, Sarah!

  3. Personally I was disappointed by Atonement, sweeping in a certain sense but nowhere near as compelling as the book, a little stiff if you will. I think the war stuff is pretty boring, bar the shot on the beach and the relationship between the two leads isn't as deep as it should be, like it is in the bloody book.

    I had this. I sold it. Therefore I think you should Sell It! (With Sarah's permission of course).

  4. I'm with Jo. Ditch it! It doesn't seem as though you care to much about it, anyhow (and neither does Sarah, if that struck out text is to be believed).

  5. Its not mine originally anyway... and the reason Sarahs opinion was struck out anyway was because it seemed wrong to put words into her mouth "Sarah thinks ..."... I should really consult her about these things before posting! But I await her opinion-via-comment...


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