History YMMV / Atonement

4th Jul '17 1:04:13 PM fearlessnikki
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Briony's actions [[spoiler: regarding the happy ending she gives to Robbie and Cecilia in her novel]]: is she genuinely making amends to people she wronged the only way she can and knows how, or is she selfishly, cravenly and dishonestly attempting to rewrite history and cover up her own actions to make herself feel better, and hiding behind atonement as a justification?

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Briony's actions [[spoiler: regarding the happy ending she gives to Robbie and Cecilia in her novel]]: is she genuinely making amends to people she wronged the only way she can and knows how, or is she selfishly, cravenly and dishonestly attempting to rewrite history and cover up her own actions to make herself feel better, and hiding behind atonement as a justification?justification? What's more is that in the DistantFinale [[spoiler: Briony claims she will be suffering from dementia. So if she writes a happy ending for Robbie and Cecilia, the dementia will make her think it's true. Adds another layer to her motivations]].



* AwardSnub: Despite garnering nominations in other parts of the awards circuit, including the [=BAFTAs=] and the Golden Globes, Keira Knightley and James [=McAvoy=] ultimately failed to earn Oscar nominations. Though both categories were especially crowded with talent during the 80th Academy Awards, it doesn't stop fans from complaining that they could have replaced [[Film/{{Juno}} Ellen Page]] or [[Film/SweeneyTodd Johnny Depp]].
** Despite seven nominations, second only the eight by Film/NoCountryForOldMen and Film/ThereWillBeBlood, the film itself ultimately went home with only one Oscar for Best Original Score.

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Despite garnering nominations in other parts of the awards circuit, including the [=BAFTAs=] and the Golden Globes, Keira Knightley and James [=McAvoy=] ultimately failed to earn Oscar nominations. Though both categories were especially crowded with talent during the 80th Academy Awards, it doesn't stop fans from complaining that they could have replaced [[Film/{{Juno}} Ellen Page]] or [[Film/SweeneyTodd Johnny Depp]].
** Despite seven nominations, second only the eight by Film/NoCountryForOldMen ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' and Film/ThereWillBeBlood, ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'', the film itself ultimately went home with only one Oscar for Best Original Score.



* RetroactiveRecognition: One of Benedict Cumberbatch's earlier film roles. He uses a high-pitched voice to add to the UpperClassTwit feel, making him harder to recognize now.

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One of Benedict Cumberbatch's earlier film roles. He uses a high-pitched voice to add to the UpperClassTwit feel, making him harder to recognize now.



* WhatAnIdiot: Cecilia knows Briony has an overactive imagination. She's clearly afraid of Briony showing the letter to her mother. You'd think as soon as everyone was looking for the twins, she'd at least take Briony aside and explain the situation.

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Cecilia knows Briony has an overactive imagination. She's clearly afraid of Briony showing the letter to her mother. You'd think as soon as everyone was looking for the twins, she'd at least take Briony aside and explain the situation.



** Cecilia and Robbie never consider Marshall as a possibility for the real rapist until Briony tells them, even though he was the stranger in the house that night and had showed up at dinner with a scratch to match Lola's bruises. (In an interesting example of NotSoDifferent, they seem to have settled on Danny Hardman as certainly as Briony settled on Robbie, and based on as little evidence, prompting Robbie to remark that they "owe Able Seaman Hardman an apology.")
*** [[spoiler:Though this is Briony's fictional version of Robbie and Cecilia, it may be true or it may be Briony's imagination.]]

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** Cecilia and Robbie never consider Marshall as a possibility for the real rapist until Briony tells them, even though he was the stranger in the house that night and had showed up at dinner with a scratch to match Lola's bruises. (In an interesting example of NotSoDifferent, they seem to have settled on Danny Hardman as certainly as Briony settled on Robbie, and based on as little evidence, prompting Robbie to remark that they "owe Able Seaman Hardman an apology.")
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") [[spoiler:Though this is Briony's fictional version of Robbie and Cecilia, it may be true or it may be Briony's imagination.]]
1st Jun '17 8:07:12 AM Wuz
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* SignatureScene: The Dunkirk oner. While people had questioned the shooting of the scene as a oner since the single shot adds little to the story (it wasn't supposed to be one, but became one due to time constraints), the result was found to be quite memorable when taken on its own as a cinematic painting of the chaos at Dunkirk. The scene itself ended up being somewhat more famous than the movie itself.
25th Apr '17 12:44:59 PM Noraneko
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* AwardSnub: Despite garnering nominations in other parts of the awards circuit, including the [=BAFTAs=] and the Golden Globes, Keira Knightley and James [=McAvoy=] ultimately failed to earn Oscar nominations. Though both categories were especially crowded with talent during the 80th Academy Awards, it doesn't stop fans from complaining that they could have replaced [[Film/{{Juno}} Ellen Page]] or [[Film/SweeneyTodd Johnny Depp]].
** Despite seven nominations, second only the eight by Film/NoCountryForOldMen and Film/ThereWillBeBlood, the film itself ultimately went home with only one Oscar for Best Original Score.


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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Dario Marianelli earned a well-deserved Oscar for the moving score.
25th Jan '17 8:47:59 PM creader
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* TearJerker:
** [[spoiler: When Briony reveals that what we have been watching was her book with a falsified ending and that Robbie and Cecilia died and never had their chance at happiness entirely because of her actions. She grants them in fiction what she denied them in life. It's the only way she could deal with the guilt of what she had done.]]
** The scene where Robbie is being taken away and his mother is frantically banging on the car.
** Robbie, having not seen Cecilia in years outside of contact through letters, being told that they only have a few minutes to spend together; hes very nearly in tears.
** The scene where it's revealed [[spoiler: Robbie died from septicimia]].
---> '''Nettle:''' Cheerio, pal.
** In that vein, [[spoiler:Robbie's last words.]]
---> '''Robbie:''' You won't hear another word from me...
** Briony's time as a nurse, in particular the scene where she pretends to be a dying boy's sweetheart.
1st Sep '16 8:40:18 PM TheQueenofSpades
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** Briony's time as a nurse, in particular the scene where she pretends to be a dying boy's sweetheart.
2nd Mar '16 7:14:31 PM Noraneko
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** Alfie Allen, here having just a couple of scenes as Danny Hardman, would gain greater exposure as Theon in ''Game of Thrones.''


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** Robbie, having not seen Cecilia in years outside of contact through letters, being told that they only have a few minutes to spend together; hes very nearly in tears.


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** In that vein, [[spoiler:Robbie's last words.]]
---> '''Robbie:''' You won't hear another word from me...


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** Granted, it's awkward for your little sister to walk in on you having sex, but she also could have at least said something to her after Briony catches her and Robbie in the library instead of silently leaving, thus making Briony confused and ignorant to Cecilia's consent to the encounter.
10th Oct '15 7:17:15 AM fearlessnikki
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** As the film's FAQ on IMDB puts it, [[spoiler: the rape of Lola]] could have well been consensual. She's shown to be worrying about her family's finances and shows great interest in Marshall when he talks about his factory business. [[spoiler: While he most definitely took advantage of her]], when Briony finds her Lola doesn't scream for help or act as if she were in any kind of distress - all she does is act embarrassed and say "I'm sorry" over again. So their eventual marriage could either be [[spoiler: VictimFallsForRapist or JailBaitWait]].

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** As the film's FAQ on IMDB puts it, [[spoiler: the rape of Lola]] could have well been consensual. She's shown to be worrying about her family's finances and shows great interest in Marshall when he talks about his factory business. [[spoiler: While he most definitely took advantage of her]], when Briony finds her Lola doesn't scream for help or act as if she were in any kind of distress - all she does is act embarrassed and say "I'm sorry" over again. So their eventual marriage could either be [[spoiler: VictimFallsForRapist Victim Falls For Rapist or JailBaitWait]].



* TearJerker: [[spoiler: When Briony reveals that what we have been watching was her book with a falsified ending and that Robbie and Cecilia died and never had their chance at happiness entirely because of her actions. She grants them in fiction what she denied them in life. It's the only way she could deal with the guilt of what she had done.]]

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[[spoiler: When Briony reveals that what we have been watching was her book with a falsified ending and that Robbie and Cecilia died and never had their chance at happiness entirely because of her actions. She grants them in fiction what she denied them in life. It's the only way she could deal with the guilt of what she had done.]]


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** The scene where it's revealed [[spoiler: Robbie died from septicimia]].
---> '''Nettle:''' Cheerio, pal.
26th Feb '15 12:29:59 AM autoslizer
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** Cecilia and Robbie never consider Marshall as a possibility for the real rapist until Briony tells them, even though he was the stranger in the house that night and had showed up at dinner with a scratch to match Lola's bruises. (In an interesting example of NotSoDifferent, they seem to have settled on Danny Hardman as certainly as Briony settled on Robbie, and based on as little evidence, prompting Robbie to remark that they "owe Able Seaman Hardman an apology.")

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** Cecilia and Robbie never consider Marshall as a possibility for the real rapist until Briony tells them, even though he was the stranger in the house that night and had showed up at dinner with a scratch to match Lola's bruises. (In an interesting example of NotSoDifferent, they seem to have settled on Danny Hardman as certainly as Briony settled on Robbie, and based on as little evidence, prompting Robbie to remark that they "owe Able Seaman Hardman an apology.")")
*** [[spoiler:Though this is Briony's fictional version of Robbie and Cecilia, it may be true or it may be Briony's imagination.]]
13th Jan '15 8:32:32 AM blueranger
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** As the film's FAQ on IMDB puts it, [[spoiler: the rape of Lola]] could have well been consensual. She's shown to be worrying about her family's finances and shows great interest in Marshall when he talks about his factory business. [[spoiler: While he most definitely took advantage of her]], when Briony finds her Lola doesn't scream for help or act as if she were in any kind of distress - all she does is act embarrassed and say "I'm sorry" over again. So their eventual marriage could either be [[spoiler: VictimFallsForRapist or JailBaitWait]].


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** The scene where Robbie is being taken away and his mother is frantically banging on the car.
2nd Jan '15 3:52:51 PM DarthHowie
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* TearJerker: [[spoiler: When Briony reveals that what we have been watching was her book with a falsified ending and that Robbie and Cecilia died and never had their chance of happiness entirely because of her actions. She grants them in fiction what she denied them in life. It's the only way she could deal with the guilt of what she had done.]]

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* TearJerker: [[spoiler: When Briony reveals that what we have been watching was her book with a falsified ending and that Robbie and Cecilia died and never had their chance of at happiness entirely because of her actions. She grants them in fiction what she denied them in life. It's the only way she could deal with the guilt of what she had done.]]
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