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½ January 16, 2019
I found this movie to be so good on so many levels. Very touching and genuine.
December 21, 2018
A powerful story from an uncommon vantage point with a key cast and strong visuals, this manages to shock and inspire despite some writing derivatives.
June 12, 2018
The Kite runner, directed by Marc Foster is excellently executed. This film follows the journey of protagonist, Amir. The writer of the book was great at using symbols in the beginning of the film, which showed large significance to the later events of the film. Director Marc Foster did very well portraying these symbols in the 2 hours he had to tell such a great tale. Foster used camera angles such as the birds eye view, with focus to the kite in the sky, to indicate significance of the kite. He also uses the eye level shot, so the audience feels like they are witnessing this scene as it plays out. Overall, The Kite Runner was a very enjoyable film study, and I strongly recommend watching it.
February 23, 2018
I don't care if it's real or not. Depicting child rape is disgusting and morbid. It should not have to be shown or implied. I don't care about 'raising awareness' or whatever this is trying to do. You can do that without throwing child rape at people. And the young actors that had to portray that. There's a level of what's acceptable. And apparently this is a West End show too. Because seeing it all on a screen wasn't bad enough. Jesus. The book shook me more than anything. I didn't want to read it. I want to see it even less. It's really just unacceptable they made it visual.
December 25, 2017
Cried reading the book, Cringed watching the movie.

I'm not one of those people who, having read the book prior to a movie adaptation, does not try to judge & experience a movie on it's own merit. I even found quite a few movies equal to or dare I say, better, than their source material. When it comes to the Kite Runner, however, I'm very saddened to say that it falls far far away from the book or even it's "Heart & Soul".

The film does not encourage you to build or foster a relationship with Amir or Hassan... it starts off well enough but then, very much like the Concords that have been grounded in france, it zooms right past all the necessary character development and history that follows. Without which, it's nearly impossible to care for any of the characters. You simply focus on the atrocities, cruelties, and the injustices that occur.

Some of the visuals are appealing. The film does not take enough time to render the city fully, which I believe is also a character in the book.

Everything seems forced, the acting, the scenes... it all seems stitched together in a rushed Frankenstein manner... I truly wanted to like the film, but just like the many losing kites in it, as soon as it takes flight the cord is cut and it falls to an untimely death.

I truly hope another adaptation or take on the book will be attempted. Heck, even if it means it'll have to be turned into a trilogy or a min-series I'll watch it!
½ March 3, 2017
The movie did not render the most important parts of the story. Everything happened way to fast.
March 1, 2017
When we wish to remain high, but we are cut down. When life we remain has its ups and downs, when you are constantly ravished with disappointments and victories. When we seem to come from higher places, we are naturally down on past events that our own fault. When life here is down, but we pick each other up. When we put others down when their presence from the past has brought disappointments to the people. When living in n the same country and having diversity of life, brings others up and some down. When we have to sometimes bring things down so other things could go up. When we have to show those whom we rejoice and love a reason to keep us up when we are friends. When we have to show those whom we hate a reason to stay down by holding them down and showing them a sign of enemies. When life here is too hard to live, when the country, living goes down, that we must leave. When we are naturally down, when we realize we are meant for down, and no use fighting. When we are down on others whom we have great shame for that we forgive and others we don't forgive. When nothing can shame us when we accept and live with being down and make the most of it. When we are not down when we are gifted. When others are naturally low down and dirty, we take a stand to such evil. When being down on our life we still give thanks to those whom are higher than us. When life couldn't get lower it does when we accept to escape evil. When being down we get strength from our prayer. When we know life at its greatest to know we are far from it that keeps us down. When we make the best of life when it's not that down as before, we enjoy the high moments. When what we do, we enjoy that makes us high. When others don't share such passions that put us down. When other things that puts us down and makes feel down we accept as part of life. When somethings naturally pick us up, when we share our passions together. When life has brought up so many ups and downs for us, that makes us good storytellers that we can't help but want to write some sad endings. When we naturally know some good and bad things must end to see it come down this way is not what we hoped for but accept when it's reality. When those whom we have seen high remain higher that make us down and lower. When we are down to being a servant for others whom we care about. When we don't mind going down on one knee and proposing to those whom we love. When our past that brings us down, we tell others to accept. We some moments we share when we are high when we found someone to share it with our life. When there is no reason to being down when we have the rest of our lives to live and share. When what keeps us down is a life we left behind for a new that we are unable to recover. When what brought us great gifts that soared us so high, we give thanks to by going down and praying. When we must go down to place where it all began, when we are called upon those whom need us, and want to see. When life has gone down when our country is no more, and taken from us that it's not longer recognizable. When forgetting has brought us up to move forward from our challenges. When returning, sad news and what we see brings us back down. When those whom are in desperate need to come up, start a new life we need to go down further to retrieve them. When they are our last family left that we need to bring ourselves up. When where we come says who we are, that make us look high up and know whom got us there. When those whom are down, know they are down when their belief keeps them there. When those whom are down, have no choice but to stay. When what brings us down is our own people and neighborhood perceptions in what they think of us. When what brings us down is ourselves in how we regard the sanctity of religion, human life and being good that we see ourselves unworthy of God, unworthy of a better life, unworthy of many things when we are unknowledged or unable to be like others. When we put ourselves down when others whom treat us less we accept, when they overpower us. When we are naturally down, when we have less than others. When we naturally pick those up whom others put down in whom they don't know. When we give a life for them to lift their head up and stop looking down. When whom we are because of our past, because of whom was in our past, doesn't mean we destined to be down like them. When fitting into a different world doesn't come easy to others as for some, when we go through this life unknowing, we accept being down.

Level of Interest-5
Twist & Turns-5
Historical Accuracy-5
½ February 8, 2017
The last 40 mins of the film was interesting and moving. I guess the book possibly will be better I found this film a bit slow.
January 22, 2017
Difficult and unresolved.
December 24, 2016
This is one for the library, highly recommend it. A story about a storyteller well told.
October 8, 2016
Absolutely heartbreaking movie but it's so brilliant in every way.
July 18, 2016
I'm biased because this is the first premiere I ever went to. Premiere or not, it fearlessly sticks to the book when it would have been so easy to pull its punches and lighten it up.
February 2, 2016
Great Story. I think the creative staff did a great job of recreating a book. Very seldom can a movie do a great job of making a book come to life.

I think part of the success that this story had is that this is a story of the human heart. I think it has really made me realize that Afghanistan was a beautiful place, that has been torn by war for 3 decades. I pray that soon it is returned to a beautiful, peaceful place.

It has made me understand the Afghan's story and the Taliban story. I never understood why or how the Taliban treated their people the way they did, and still don't but think I have a better understanding.
January 30, 2016
Beautifully filmed, illuminating, and at the same time, with parts that were quite difficult to experience. GREAT MOVIE!
½ December 31, 2015
This film had me engaged right from the start. Fantastic characters, good story, and all around fine filmmaking. The casting is perfect and the performances are truly what makes this film so interesting. I genuinely wanted to find out what makes each character tick.
December 6, 2015
"The Kite Runner" is a gripping drama that tackles difficult content and gives us a glimpse into modern Afghan life. It also gives an interesting perspective into kite flying tournaments, which I never realized we're a thing. The film's acting performances are so realistic that you will forget that you are watching fiction. You will feel frustration and anger toward some of the actors because they are so convincing. The story is adapted from the 2003 New York Times bestseller of the same name to deliver a combination of heartwarming moments (the childhood friendship of Amir and Hassan) and heart wrenching ones (racism against Hassan, the portrayal of the Taliban). The highs and lows are connected by excellent character development and the theme of loyalty. I was under the impression that this was a family movie... Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it is a foreign language film, and even more when I discovered some of the content! A few details are suggested instead of shown to keep the film tasteful, but this is definitely a film better suited for mature audiences. If you are in the mood to have a good cry or to have your faith restored in peoples' ability to change and do the right thing, "The Kite Runner" is for you. If you are not in the mood for either of these things, stay far away.
November 9, 2015
The book is a lot better than the film because in the film they missed out some important scenes.
October 10, 2015
A beautiful adaptation of the novel!
½ October 7, 2015
As is so often the case, the film adaptation doesn't quite capture the magic of the book. It starts well, with the first act being the most compelling (the betrayal is just as gut-wrenching as in the book). However, the impending danger and constant jeopardy that is triggered by the Russian invasion and thereon after isn't really conveyed, as the tone is too quickly shifted with the move to America.
In short, this film tends to ignore the wider picture, skipping over the politics to focus on a rather smaller story (fascinating though it is). Films like Hotel Rwanda or Incendies have much more to say about class, ethnicity, and the sacrifice of friendship and innocence during conflict. It's a shame that these elements from The Kite Runner novel were not included, as it would have added context and gravity to the desperate situation the characters find themselves in.
½ September 1, 2015
The Kite Runner is a long film with moving material that just seems out of its place.
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