Review: The Kite Runner

If you are human, have cognitive abilities, and a warm heart, you will love this movie.

It may help if you’ve read the book, too.

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I did read Khaled Hosseini’s wonderful, joyous, and sorrowful novel, The Kite Runner, before I saw Marc Forster’s film of the same name. David Benioff has done an excellent job of adapting the novel, taking direct quotes, and editing sections of the book to meld various events together (book adaptations cannot have every detail of the text).

The actors cast for the film do a terrific job; in particular, Homayoun Ershadi. Ershadi plays the main protagonist’s (Amir’s) father, Baba – a much-loved and respected Afghan gentleman. His courage and pride shine through as Ershadi plays the character to great effect.

All in all, the players behind this production come together to make the powerful novel a sad and wonderful film.

Nothing will be revealed of the plot. It truly is best if you know next to nothing about the series of events in the film or novel.

Now, in all fairness, my reading of the book affected my viewing of the film. I love the novel. It is a great story of family, friendship, and redemption. If you have ever longed for anything or understand/love/cherish/long for the dynamics of true friendship, your heart will most certainly break. Either that or it will mend. Both show the great power Hosseini brought to his debut novel. I could not help but think of how great the book is while watching the film. This, combined with the well-done movie, make it hard to contain tears. So don’t. The majority of this film should have you delivering the theater a rain cloud, but promise to bring along a rainbow.

Regardless of the book, the movie is good. As I mentioned before, the actors and the script have few flaws. The way Forster shows the kite flying scenes will have the wind flying at your face. Although the scenes are most likely 90% computer generated (Who knows nowadays, though?), those shots where Forster has us in the air, high above the land, chasing kites, represent the wondrous power of movie magic and visual effects.

Like the novel, the film gets a little weaker in its third act. But the film condenses the last third of the novel, to make the ending portion fit well into movie and work out to make us all happy-happy (or, hopeful-hopeful). (The last third of the novel really doesn’t take up a third of the film’s runtime, though. That’s a good thing.)

So, yes. My recommendation is to read the great book first. And then go see this moving and thoroughly enjoyable adaptation. The scenes with Amir and his friend Hassan as children are a true joy. “I admire your notion of fair odds, mister.”

– R.H.

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2 responses to “Review: The Kite Runner

  1. “The Kite Runner” an awesome book, great attention to details. Every single page made me cry, laugh, warmed up my heart with love, and made me angry… I cried non-stop throughout the book.

  2. R.H.

    Yes, a moving book.
    I thought the film did a good job of capturing the feel of the novel, or at least allowed the viewer to revisit the most powerful moments from the text.
    The film made emotions come out of the viewer as well.

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