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Atonement (2007)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Joe Wright Rating:7.7/10 (6 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by colinr on February 24th, 2008:Find all reviews by colinr
An interesting commentary that describes in detail the process of creating the various effects (shooting a scene lit only by a match, the famous tracking shot on the beaches of Dunkirk).

The commentary can be a little disappointing if you are looking for more insight into the themes of the film - Wright describes the film at 'face value' and ends by praising the need for happy endings unironically. However at certain points he does mention that he needed to treat some passages "elliptically because they raised too many questions" and also describes how he was grilled quite thoroughly by the author of the novel, Ian McEwan, about what he intended to do with the film, so in the commentary he is most likely leaving the darker questions raised in the film (of authorship and revisionism and the merits thereof) for the audience to wrestle with.
Reviewed by Agressor on April 2nd, 2011:Find all reviews by Agressor
The director seems to enjoy himself during the two hours he spends commenting the movie which in my mind elevates it from standard fare to above average.

If you've listened to more than a couple of commentaries in your life not much on this one will surprise or enlighten you, however I liked that Wright didn't mind confessing that several shots, scenes and even whole themes of the film was not constructed out of intellectual design but rather just because he liked the idea (like the idea of Keiras character being connected with water, which in the end turned out very fitting considering what happened to her) he even admits to not knowing why he put certain scenes in the movie, he just likes them. I fancy that kind of candid revelation, not every scene has to have a contrived higher meaning or some profound message, some things you just like because. And this film shows that it works.

Alright, there was more to this commentary than just him saying that he didn't know why he put scenes in there and he did, of course, have thought out reasons to most of what occurs in the film and he speaks about in a solid commentary with precious few silent pauses and he thankfully refrains from acknowledging every crew and cast member who worked on the film, which he saves for the end credits and then it is forgivable as he humorously starts with saying 'he's a cunt' when his own name comes up. Funny guy.