A: Based on the best selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir, a rich kid in 1970s Kabul who betrays his best friend, Hassan, a Hazara servant boy. In present day, Amir is still guilt-ridden from not having protected his loyal friend in a time of dire need. So when he is confronted with his past, he must choose whether he will make up for his childhood cowardice or continue running away from his mistake.
Q: Who’s in the movie?
A: Nobody who’s famous in America. Homayon Ershadi, Khalid Abdalla, Zekeria Ebrahimi, Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada
Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?
A: Go! This is the kind of powerful drama that reminds us that the movies are not only a form of entertainment, but also an art form.
Q: Will this movie make me laugh?
A: Not very much.
Q: Will this movie make me cry?
A: Definite possibility, although not a guarantee. While it is emotionally tense, there are no tear-jerking moments.
Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?
A: Although it hardly has any English in it, this movie is a likely contender for the Best Picture Oscar. It also has a good chance at nominations in the areas of Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. See the next three questions for more details.
Q: How is the Acting?
A: The acting is impressive. And even though I didn’t understand a word of what anyone said, I walked out feeling that Homayon Ershadi would get a best supporting actor nomination for his role as Baba, Amir’s father, whose life spans 30 or 40 years in the course of the tale. I also hope that the two young children will not be overlooked by the Academy, as their performances were deep and rich and realer than a reality show. One performance which is sure not to get any award recognition, due to its short length of only one scene, was the brilliant performance of Nasser Memarzia, as the director of the orphanage… After all, everyone knows that only Judy Dench can win awards for being in less than 10 minutes of a film.
Q: How is the Directing?
A: Exuding a warmth that is missing from many of his previous films, this is Marc Forster’s best work to date. The Academy voters will want to honor this movie, as well as Forster’s growing track record for films that are both artistic and commercially successful. Not to mention that the kite flying scenes are inarguably visually stunning.
Q: How is the story/script?
A: David Benioff has become one of Hollywood’s most sought after writers, and this film demonstrates why. Often when books are turned into screenplays they fall into two traps: 1) They disappoint those who enjoyed the book by leaving the best parts out. 2) They discount those who haven’t read the book by not putting enough insider knowledge in. Coming from someone who has not read the book, I thought as a movie this story worked beautifully. Without doing any homework or bringing any back story to the theater, I knew who the characters were, I understood the plot, and I was able to engage in the emotions of these boys’ lives… And somehow Benioff managed to pull that off with characters who speak mostly in Dari!
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