I saw this movie two weeks ago today, with my hubby, and then several days later viewed it again with my daughter. Daily I have wrestled with the knowledge that I wanted to share the experience with you all, desiring to offer a review as I have done with other movies, but at a loss as to how to put my thoughts into words. Yes, a strange confession for a writer to make! Yet, this is no ordinary movie.
I finally realized that I cannot give a review. To attempt to do so would set me on a path where I might inadvertently ruin this masterpiece by slipping some bit of critical information in; spoiling the beautiful mystery and drama of Joe Wright’s brilliant interpretation of the novel by Ian McEwan. I could easily fill pages with every effusive adjective known in the English language, without even then fully expressing how awesome this epic is, but I think you get the notion without me wasting the time!
Let me just say that to not see this movie would be a serious error in judgment. This is an Event that should not be missed if at all possible and should definitely be experienced on the big screen in Technicolor and Dolby digital glory. I do not think there are too many naysayers out there – the critics and awards groups almost universally united in the praises sung – but do not listen to them! This is truly, in all ways, an Achievement in cinematic art of the highest order.
I will only warn that it is a heavy drama with adult themes. If you are one who likes spoilers, they are easy to find I am sure. Wikipedia has a complete article on the novel’s plot. I will leave that decision to the individual. Suffice to say that whether you know nothing of the plot or have read the novel so therefore know the entire tale, you will not be disappointed. For pure cinema alone it is a marvel. To watch James McAvoy is a joyous revelation of acting at its finest. To hear the music wash over you and heighten the spectacle is a thrill. To watch the camera glide caressingly over each scene is affirmation of directing genius. Oh, Sharon stop!!
Run, do not walk, to see this movie. Lay your hard earned cash down without hesitation! You won’t be sorry. I will not be shocked if Joe Wright, James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, and everyone else involved do not sweep the Oscars and Golden Globes as those voting elitist can be bizarre in their choices. But it will be a travesty nonetheless as this movie deserves the maximum accolades imaginable.
Treat yourself. Trust me in this.