Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Kite Runner



So I finally got around to watching the famous "The Kite Runner" directed by Marc Forster and based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini.

This film blew me away and I am adding the novel to my reading list. There's something about watching a foreign film that makes you so much more attentive and involved in the experience. I am more aware of dialog, interesting camera work, lighting, setting, photography and story. With a foreign film, you need to stay focused to understand what is happening.

The first viewing was compelling and provocative as I had become enmeshed in the characters and their relationships. The molestation scene was shot in a respectful way that got the message across without crude images and dialog. It was sensitively portrayed, keeping the child actors in mind.

The second time I watched, I saw it with director's comments. Talk about enlightening. The film is a simple story, no distracting special effects. But the impact is powerful. I plan to watch it a third time and absorb everything that I can.

This is filmmaking at its best.

6 comments:

  1. I have not seen this one - but isn't it funny that the 007 producers hired Marc Forster to direct Quantum of Solace - a complicated story with lots of distracting special effects based on The Kite Runner?

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  2. Craig, now that you mention it, there special effects if you consider the camera work in the kite flying scenes. It was so subtle and part of the story that I didn't really notice. Will be watching this again.

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