As I wrote previously, I’m a fan of Marc Forster. I finally watched his 2007 movie The Kite Runner last night and it did not disappoint.
The location in China, the acting (especially the two boys from Kabul: Amir and Hassan played by Zekeria Ebrahimi and Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada), the cinematography were all fantastic. The moving book by Khaled Hosseini was a richer experience, of course, but the film was pretty much dead on. I would have liked a little more reality when it came to the hell Amir had to endure to get Sohrab back to the US from Pakistan in the book, but you can’t have everything.
Khalid Abdalla did an incredible job at keeping the complexity of the older Amir believable. This antihero role was played meek, forceful, hopeful and tragic in all the right places. I also loved the beautiful work in showing the kites flying in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Very highly recommended whether you’ve read the book or not. Not for young children.
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