Friday, December 28, 2007

The Kite Runner Movie

Katie and I spent our Friday evening with our friends, Jake and Rilie Norton. We had the classic dinner-and-a-movie date night. Good times. For the dinner part, we ate at a little Mongolian grill place, which had some pretty good food at decent prices. For the movie part, we saw The Kite Runner.

With nearly every book-to-film adaptation, there are some differences. Typically, I've found that the movie is less impacting than the book, tends to leave out important parts, or uses the new medium of film to make significant changes to the story. It can be difficult to please fans of the book. I recently read the book and blogged about it here.

I commented to the Nortons that the movie version of The Kite Runner is one of the best book-to-film adaptations I have ever seen. The director remained very true to the plot, and the actors were perfect matches for their characters. The overall story of two Afghani boys' relationship is well-told and moving. My only disappointment with the film was the lack of emphasis on the guilt of Amir for his childhood decisions. In the book, guilt and redemption are prominent themes that overtly thread their way throughout the story. In the film, the story focused more on the values of family and human dignity, while Amir's guilt was deemphasized. This didn't make the film any less impacting for me; it was simply a different kind of impact. I genuinely was moved by the film, and it is a timely story in the midst of the current violence in the Middle-East. It's a great movie for the holiday season.

Will The Kite Runner make it on my top movies of 2007 list? Only 2 more days to find out!


  1. can't wait to see it! drove by stumptown today...thought of you guys and the griffins (division st one) is raining crazy amounts here. yuck to that. one day was perfect. 3, not so much =)

  2. Well, I have to say that I am not jealous of the weather that you are having! I am loving the cool, crisp and dry days here! Ah Stumptown! Have you been to Pastini yet, what about Powell's Books? Your time at Utopia with a book sounded heavenly! When we saw that you were on Belmont we got a little sad.. that and Hawthorne were our favorites! We miss you here so you better come back! Keep blogging I love reading!