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Just saw the movie after finishing the book last week. Movie stays very close to book. I was rather looking forward to Briony's play at the end. But I can see how that was not really very relevant. It is more clear when they skip the legal issues of publication of book as well.
I thought the first Briony was awesome. Her name is Saoirse Ronan and she has a best supporing actress nomination. Doubt she would beat Cate Blanchett playing Jude, a kinda Bob Dylan. She was very intent. All of them were good. They matched their eyes so well. She is the main character in many ways. It is really about her guilt. Her trying to scrub the blood from her hands.
What is up with that single black man in the entire British army? He was that other corporal with Robbie. Did I miss something in the book. Is this a nod to political correctness? In another 50 years, will Dunkirk evacuation recreations include half the British Expeditionary Force as women and minorities?
Since the book starts so slow, I would recommend the movie for most people and say skip the book unless really taken with the story.
Is it a Best Picture at the Oscars? I have only seen this and "No Country for Old Men." I think the overall acting and Adapted Screenplay were better with No Country but "Atonement" the more thought provoking. I need to try "Juno."
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