by Brett Parker
And what actors Wright has assembled for this piece! Keira Knightley reaches new heights of sensuality and grace in her portrayal of Cecilia while James McAvoy proves he is getting better and better with each film he does. McAvoy is a force to be reckoned with, painting Robbie’s passions and anger with the skill of a seasoned veteran. The scene in which Robbie finally and angrily confronts a grown-up Briony (Romola Garai) is acted to perfection. And what a find 13-year-old Saoirse Ronan is! Her portrayal of Briony is a sensational showcase of internalized characterizations and conflicts. I’m not one of those critics who go nuts over child actors, but Ronan is the real deal. She’s mastered emotions in this film that most actresses in their twenties still wrestle with. I hope the academy takes notice.