Kite Runner

Occasionally I see a film at the cinema that I want to own on DVD. The Kite Runner is one of those films. Having read the novel a couple of years ago I went in eager anticipation to see how the cinema had treated this wonderful novel of love and redemption. From the start I was gripped by the story, set in Afghanistan, the magical kite flying scenes giving a little glimpse into a bright and colourful Kabul. These are contrasted later in the film with scenes of death and execution under the Taliban. The main thrust of the story lays in the relationship between two boys and their eventual separation under difficult circumstances. Many years later, Amir, the main character of the film, is given a chance to return to his native country and make amends for the past.

The film opens with the words 'things can be made good again', and as the story unfolds we are taken on a journey from pain and rejection to joy and acceptance. Hassan shows us how to suffer in silence but to stand up for ourselves when the time is right. Amir's quiet acceptance of the past and determination to learn from it and do the right thing brings the story to its moving conclusion. If you haven't yet seen it, I highly recommend this emotionally charged, thought provoking film.

Comments

Marie said…
I have read the book! Amazing story!
Gudl said…
I read the book, too! Now I want to see the movie, too! I wonder when it is coming out here, or did I miss it already? I will find out.
Steveunohoo said…
I share your enthusiasm for this remarkable film and story. Guess who?
Angie said…
I'll check it out. Thanks!
Suz said…
A movie recommendation! Fancy that. A new twist. :) I know it is playing locally, and I have not read the book. Good to know it has gotten a good review!
Andrea said…
I have not read the book yet but you know, I would rather read the book than see the movie. To me the book is usually better than the movie.
Wanda said…
I saw the book at Starbucks and almost bought it...wish I had. Now I will, and see the movie too.
Thanks for the preview Mike.
These are wonderful, Mike, but what happened to your photo blog?? Hadn't seen you in a while and wanted to check in. :)
zakscloset said…
sounds like i need to throw that in to the list for our movie marathon weekend! nice blog mike!
Amrita said…
Sounds like a good film. I 'll watch it if I ever get a chance
SuzyQ said…
Thankyou for the reccomendation. I will definatly try to get hold of a copy!
Looks like my cup of tea!
J.C. said…
I have bought the book last year. Regretfully, I have not read it yet even though my sister told me it's very good. Will read the book after I finish my current one, that is about a Vietnamese woman's journey from war to peace. It's called "When Heaven & Earth Changed Places" by Le Ly Hayslip.
Barbara said…
Thank you Mike, this is a DVD I will look out for. I have not read the book either.

The last I read on Kabul was the Bookseller of Kabul which I loved.
Sandy Carlson said…
Mike,
Thanks for this succinct, clear write-up of a novel I have considered but not taken up. I will take it up now!
Mulled Vine said…
I finished the book last week. I couldn't put it down. I'm now reading Angela's Ashes which is having a similar affect on me.