Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Kite Runner

Director Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland) adapts Khaled Hosseini’s bestseller into a gorgeous, easy-to-please film about two childhood friends in pre-Soviet invaded Afghanistan.

Amir and Hassan spend their days running about and perfecting their kite running skills until one of them falls victim to an unspeakable act of violence. The film is brilliant in its sympathy for the boys, but avid fans of the book may be disappointed by the film's third act, when Forster stops adapting so closely.

The Kite Runner sends a great message of friendship and shows how one moment can haunt a life forever. Its surprising PG-13 rating may throw some viewers off. This film is not to be taken lightly, it is a graphic, intense piece of melodrama that, for the most part, jumps from book to screen. B


  1. Kite Runner offers an added bonus by sharing a glimpse into the tragedy of the Afghan experience. This is a very moving story and one of the best books I read in 2004.

    1. Absolutely. I still have yet to read the book. I need to change that.