I was excited about finally getting to watch Atonement. LH and I both wanted to see it and so I waited until he returned from deployment to do so. We’ve been trying to work on so many other things and we just hadn’t been in the mood for something terribly heavy like this, so we waited. We got around to watching it tonight and I have to say I was a little disappointed. I LOVE that it’s set in during WWII, I really like James McAvoy, I LOVE the home shown in the first 20 minutes of the movie and I even LOVE some of the costumes, but that is pretty much where it ends for me. I knew what it was about, but I had no idea that it would cause me such ill feelings that I would be completely disgusted by the middle of the movie. The idea that the good suffer and die horrid deaths, while every evil doer and liar in the movie prospers, gets whatever they want and lives happily without EVER having to face what they have done to other people in any REAL way makes me sick. UGH! I don’t really see myself watching this film again… ever! The way the old lady sort of seems fine with what she did because she wrote them a good ending, in her STORY??? It makes my skin crawl! I’ve never wanted to kick an old lady in the face so badly in my life!
After I made the above post about the movie, I read the book and so am updating the post. I picked up a copy of Atonement by Ian McEwan (9780385721790 – Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) at a thrift store the other day and gave it a read. As you’ll recall, I wasn’t too impressed with the film version, so I didn’t exactly have the highest of hopes for the book that it was based on. There were aspects that I liked, but the things I didn’t like about the film were still SO overpowering in the book that they caused me to feel mad and sad to the point where I just can’t! The way the girl LIES throughout the whole entire book, ruins peoples’ lives and then in the end feels like she’s made amends because she wrote a happy ending in her book for those that she wronged, makes me crazy! She’s got a whole self-righteous attitude even when discussing that she’s lied, like she really sees nothing wrong with having someone sent to prison on false rape charges. I was so aggravated by the end of it! UGH! At least in the movie you could look at James McAvoy, but the book had no such redeeming qualities!