The Kite Runner Movie

January 30, 2008 at 12:00 pm 6 comments

The Kite Runner Movie

Just finished watchin’ the film version of The Kite Runner. Well what can I say? It’s good. I liked it. But not too much. I remember watching its trailer for the first time in Youtube and I thought, man this is going to be good!! I even felt bad that I’m goin to see the movie in my junky old laptop, downloaded from torrent and all. But all those high hopes went to the drain after seeing the whole thing.

Okay, first of all, I’m not saying it sucked. It’s actually good. But it’s missing something. And no, this isn’t because I’ve already read the kickass book! I do know that all movie adaptations miss a hell lotta details and they never tend to be faithful from their source. The movie actually did justice to the flow and plot of the original story. Add the sizzling effects and it’s really nice to watch, just the way I pictured it all in my head while reading the book, maybe even better. BUT. For me, it missed the most important element: EMOTION. It’s kinda funny how reading the book made me cry and seeing the movie almost did nothing to me. Why? Coz it’s missing the whole feel of the story. I don’t know what’s goin on with the movie characters but is frowning and gettin close to crying the best they can do? All they can muster for reliving the very very moving story of a timeless friendship? Damn was I disappointed.

Yeah, I know that relating the movie with the book is not actually a good idea. One, I may be biased because I’ve already read the story. Two, as I’ve said most details from the book shouldn’t be expected in the film (nobody could possibly create at max a 2-hour film from a 400-page novel without omitting some parts). And three, it must be pretty difficult to translate the written words about how the characters are feeling, what’s goin on in their head, etc. to acting. Might even be a next-to-impossible undertaking to capture ’em for the silver screen. Conclusions: 1) Book and movie can never be equated. Movie can’t totally capture what’s in the book, ergo, reading the book is always better 2) This movie will be seen in a different view if you haven’t read the book yet.

All in all I can tell you that it’s a good movie to watch – not that good if you already read the novel, but I strongly suggest you do first! In other words you’ll totally love it if reading the original story doesn’t cross your mind. He he.

Peace out!

-Spence

PS I hope I did a good job writing a spoiler-free review. But if you’d really like to see how some things will end up, you can watch this trailer. I don’t suggest pressin the play button though if you’re planning to spend some good time with the book in your hands.

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  • 1. Christian  |  January 31, 2008 at 11:51 am

    I’m not reading this for the time being. I don’t want to spoil the film. I’ll read this some other time.

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  • 2. gyk  |  February 2, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    the kite runner movies sounds interesting…

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  • 3. Karla  |  February 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    that’s what really sucks about books turned into movies or even tv shows. no matter how hard they try to stick to the book, they can’t. and the emotions, the essence.. it’s just not there. and it actually loses the whole point.. because how else can you enjoy it without THE feeling it’s supposed to give? i say, read the books na lang and only watch it for the entertainment. right?

    i sound like a book nerd. but it’s true. hehe.

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  • 4. fye  |  February 4, 2008 at 8:47 am

    wow. so you’ve finally watched the movie. i’ve watched several booktofilm adaptations and I always end up wanting the novel more. maybe because it turns out i always read the novel first before watching ’em and then reread the novel again after watching. funny. hehe. so there, i only get myself disappointed with the movie’s lapses.

    grrr. i haven’t read the novel. btw, i don’t mind spoilers. hehe.

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  • 5. joseph  |  February 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    hehe.. di pa ako nakapanood pero panonoorin ko pa dahil sa comment mo.. heheh..

    xlinks tayo..just let me know pag ok lang tnx! 😀

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  • 6. yoshke  |  June 24, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    I loved, loved, loved the first act of the movie. Nung mga kids pa lang sila. Sana yun na lang yung buong movie because the next two parts, ok lang saken. Yung first kasi, WOW talaga.

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