Streaming service in India is witnessing a war like no other with Amazon and Netflix jostling for space and other players fast catching up. So, it was no surprise when I saw The Kite Runner as an offering on Amazon Prime having read the paperback already and an unabashed fan of Khaled Hosseini, the writer. It is my personal preference and I might be wrong that the literal medium is far superior to the visual medium given the intricacies, imagination, nuances and the eventual adaptation to screen seldom does justice to the subject matter in detail. My favourite adaptations were The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola and Silver Linings Playbook by David O. Russell left nothing to the imagination and were worthy adaptations of the novel. The Kite Runner, being such a major influence in the literary world and such a compelling story had to be enacted but I would still prefer the book unless you are lazy and want to take the movie shortcut.
|Movie – The Kite Runner|
Khalid Abdalla as the Pushtun protagonist Amir is believable but sort of underplays the character given the complexity involved since Amir is someone you need to love and loathe at the same time which is missing from the movie. Some poignant scenes are depicted between Hasan and Amir but the friendship, camaraderie, bonhomie and bond between the “friends” are missing. The locales are believable as a depiction of Afghanistan and what it means for an outsider but given the constraints of a runtime of 128 minutes fails to depict the subtleties in question. The movie depicts the story of Amir who has spent a number of years in the US, returns to his homeland in order help out Hazara Hassan’s son who is in trouble with the Taliban. Decent direction by Marc Forster but I loved the novel and couldn’t ignore the movie so feel free to take your pick.