Saturday, 19 July, 2008

"For you, a thousand times over"...

Saw the movie 'The Kite Runner' yesterday. Had read the book last year. I had found the book beautiful. So when the movie initially started I was continuously comparing it with the book. Of course the book is much more lyrical. Khaled Hosseini has described Kabul so vividly that you can almost see Kabul in your mind's eye. The visual so not that extraordinary in the first half of the movie. Also the chemistry between Amir and his Baba develops from the scene when they had to get inside an old tanker to escape to Pakistan and his Baba encourages Amir to recite Rumi to keep his mind of fear.
The boy who did Hassan's part fit perfectly. All the actors in this movie are good and the father (baba) gets better with age.
The movie actually becomes mesmerising in the last 15 minutes. The climax is dealt with beautifully, especially the scene where Amir confronts General Sahib about Sohrab's identity. The last scene where Amir coaxes Sohrab to fly a kite is the most tender scene of the whole movie and it just takes your breathe away. I could watch that scene again and again for the rest of my life.
Khaled in both his books has come up with great one liners. The stealer in this book was "For you, a thousand times over."
After watching a movie like this, you just spend the rest of your evening musing about it, same like the book.
The movie and the book are complimentary to each other in that sense.

1 comment:

  1. absolutely fabtabulous book and movie...

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