The Kite Runner Reviews
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.
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.