We went to see "Atonement" tonight. Good movie, I'd say, though I'm not sure I'd have liked it if I hadn't read the book. I imagine it would be pretty boring and then once the "twist ending" comes, you'd feel a bit cheated. (One woman walked out of the theater after the ending was revealed. Kelly thinks she just had to go to the bathroom, but I imagine her saying, "That's bulls**t!")
The thing is, I'd say it was about as well adapted to the screen as such a story could be. I like the director, Joe Wright, as you know from my review in 2005 of "Pride & Prejudice" (a review that critics said was excessively gay).
I was wondering if they were going to avoid using the "c-word" in the movie version, you know, to dial it down for mainstream audiences. Heck no. In fact, I think they use it even more often — and I'm pretty sure I've never seen that word projected on screen that big before.
*SPOILER ALERT* It also occurred to me that this movie could enter the pantheon of films ("Sixth Sense," "The Others," "Vanilla Sky") where the main character(s) are actually dead for a good portion of the movie without the audience realizing it. I was pretty sure they'd never be able to use that twist again on screen, but there you go.
Anyway, I give it: *** (out of 4).
Final thought: How long before they produce the inevitable porn version, "Abonement."