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‘The Kite Runner’ movie review

By Tori Nix

The Kite Runner is a movie based on the book of the same name, which is written by Khaled Hosseini. The movie is about a man named Amir who betrays Hassan, his childhood friend’s trust. As an adult, he remains haunted by the incident in which he betrayed his friend’s trust, and travels back to his homeland of Kabul, Afghanistan, to learn the fate of Hassan’s son after he and his wife are killed by the Taliban. The movie is rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, and strong language.

The cast for the movie include Khalid Abdalla (Amir), Homayoun Ershadi (Baba), Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada (Hassan), Nabi Tanha (Ali), and Shaun Toub (Rahim Khan). Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, also plays a cameo in the movie as the doctor in the park.

Similarities between the movie and the book were minor details, such as Baba and Amir living in a big house, and Hassan and Ali being servants to Baba and Amir. While people notice the similarities, they’ll notice the differences more as they appear more evident than the similarities. Major differences between the movie and book are that in the book, Hassan has a cleft lip, but in the movie, he doesn’t. In the book, during the fight between Assef and Amir, the fight is so violent, that Amir is in the hospital for a while; however, in the movie, Amir’s injuries aren’t as severe and he isn’t in the hospital at all. In the book, Farid attacked the orphanage director, but that didn’t happen in the movie. In the book, Sohrab cut his wrists because he didn’t want to go to another orphanage; however in the movie, Sohrab didn’t cut his wrists, and Sohrab seemed more talkative towards Amir and Soraya than he did in the book.

Other reviews that have been said were, “An engaging melodrama whose less convincing plot points are superseded by some astonishingly affecting performances from the mostly unknown cast.” (Empire). “In making a movie about the hot mess of Afghan history, a sense of reserve turns out to be a useful tool for peace.” (Entertainment Weekly).

My opinion of the movie is that it follows the book in an okay manner; readers will be glad that despite the details left out that were crucial to the plot, such as Hassan’s cleft lip, the movie did a good job of keeping the plot similar to how it is in the book.
(sources: http://parentpreviews.com/movie-reviews/film-info/kite-runner, http://www.empireonline.com/movies/kite-runner/review/, http://www.ew.com/article/2008/01/09/kite-runner)

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