I've just finished watching Atonement. I read the book earlier in the year and struggled to finish it because of its complete lack of plot, inability to intrigue and missing climax. However I found the movie absolutely intriguing and was in tears the whole way through. Its interesting how a movie managed to evoke emotions the book failed to (usually its the other way around), it could be the music, the imagery, but I've decided that it is due to one actor whom I've completely underrated until now. This is James McAvoy. He's been in a few films, mostly English dramas (Last King of Scotland, Becoming Jane), and I've never really noticed him until recently. He is one of the most amazing actors I've ever seen. He manages to transform stories that I would otherwise be completely disinterested in, into intense dramas.
In Becoming Jane - a Jane Austin account, he co-stars with Anne Hathaway. I would normally have dismissed this film (Jane Austin - booorrrriiiinng), but I was transfixed. He's not a particularly attractive fellow, but he has this certain aura that I find so unbelievably appealing. Without sounding too cliche, he has the most amazing blue eyes that a girl just melts in! He's the type of person I think I could marry - not arrogant or traditionally beautiful, but he has a kind face and an intensity that makes me faint!
Keira Knightley, the soppy little pouter that she is, didn't do any favours for Atonement, but James (yes we're on a first name basis) made it such an emotional story and I thought it is one of the best films I've seen this year.
Why won't a man like this ask kindly for my hand whilst strolling through the gardens on a summers day?
What's more is he has a tops Scottish accent and is funny too! Does it get any better?: