Monday, April 14, 2008
The Kite Runner
A story of 2 childhood Afghan friends torn apart by the protagonist's cowardice who eventually faces up to his past and attempts to atone for his childhood misdeeds only many, many years later.
If you're looking for a feel-good cotton candy rainbows kind of movie then this is definitely not it. Do not let the poster fool you.
It's a very emotional movie. Raw human emotions were depicted so believably I easily forget that it's all an act. It pushes you to feel terrible. It compels you to confront with genuine human emotions relating to difficult, morally-challenging decisions ordinary people are make to survive. It'll make you cringe.
Although there were plenty enough of realistic light-hearted scenes which you can relate to, making you smile as you're transported back to your fondest childhood memories - it was the dark ones that leaves an impression on you. The brutal and unpleasant taboo moments which grab you by your shoulders and force you to keep looking, leaving you with that bitter aftertaste of it in your mouth, a cold chill down your spine and a guilty pang in the inner recesses of your stomach.
It's beautiful, but beautiful is such an inappropriate word to describe it because it's so emotionally disturbing at the same time.
The storytelling was brilliant - fluid and gripping, very unlike a lot of adapted-from-a-book type of movies. I haven't read the book, but those who have said it was a very good adaptation.
The acting was excellent. The scripts were good. The scenes were shot so well.
No it's definitely NOT one of those pretentious try-hard inde-artsy push-my-holier- than-thou-virtues-down-your-throat type of movie at all. I hate those types of movies anyway.
Can't say too much, because trying to recall the story would make me depressed and unsettled all over again.
A very good watch, and I would recommend it highly. Any movie which is moving enough to make grown boys cry is worth a watch, in my humble opinion. ;) So do come prepared with some tissues though, trust me.
at 7:29 PM