Went to see Atonement with two friends who also had the day off. The movie was spectacularly filmed... with lush English countryside, war scenes that inspired chills and dread, the sad realities of caring for the wounded in hospital.
One person I know who saw it before us recommended it, despite having found it rather slow.
"Go, you'll love it, the period costumes are incredible, the scenery is gorgeous," he said. And it was. The two hours zipped by. But not just because of the visuals, but because of the story.
It was a story told in quiet moments, in reading the characters' faces, their body language. Unlike other movies based on well-known novels, this one may actually inspire me to read Ian McEwan's book to confirm precisely what they were all thinking during the twists and turns of this quietly bumpy ride.