Meet John Doe vs. Atonement

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on 5/4/2012

Both of these films disappoint me somewhat. Meet John Doe is right there in Frank Capra's socially conscious vein along with Mr. Deeds Goes to Town or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but it feels more like a rehash than its own thing. Meanwhile, I LOVED the book Atonement and yes, the film is a very faithful adaptation, but I think that may have been the problem - it felt stifled in some ways. That said, I think Atonement is the better film when taken on its own.