Wednesday, December 19, 2007
After watching Joe Wright's masterful romantic drama ATONEMENT for the first time on the big screen, I came to the conclusion that it was a 3.5 star film. Now, after watching it for the second time last night (courtesy of an Academy Award screener dvd), I am upping it to the 4 star mark. I bumped it up after watching (twice) the tour de force, six-and-a-half-minute stedicam shot which features James McAvoy's character stumbling along a war-torn beach, appearing in and out of frame, involving a large number of logistically complicated background action and camera moves, resulting in one of the finest single takes in cinema history. A staggering achievement.