Monday, June 30, 2008

Movie Madness: The Kite Runner

I started reading the Kite Runner about a month ago... it got off to a slow start, and it was a hard read until I got to about page 70. I am SO glad that I kept reading though, because this book could very well be the best book I've ever read.

I've wanted to write about it on here for a while, but felt like that would be kinda lame... so when I found an outlet to write a review on it I was like "yah baby, let's go!"

Jen at Daily Mish Mash is hosting Movie Madness so I decided to join in. She's giving away a super cool prize... it's a movie madness gift basket, such a great idea! If you have watched a movie recently that you'd like to put a blurb up about then head over to her site, read the rules and how you can enter to win and then you're good to go!

Anyways, on with the review!

Like I said earlier, I read the book, and I LOVED it. In fact, loved is not an adequate word to describe what I felt about that book. But this isn't a book review is it?!? As soon as (and I mean within a couple hours) of finishing the book, I went to the movie store, and rented the movie. I paid full stinking price too... I never do that.

I had to babysit that night, so after all the little anklebiters children were finally in bed I sat down to watch this movie...

It's hard to say a whole lot about this movie without giving away important details, so what I say will be cursory at best but I will try to cover the aspects that make the story so amazing.

I picked out 5 themes... (I don't know if that's the right word but it's my review and i can say whatever i want!) It encapsulates the beauty of friendship, the horror of tragedy, the guilt of betrayal, the grace in redemption and the light that brings hope.

Two boys growing up in Afghanistan before the Russians invaded. Living their lives so closely, they love each other as brothers do. Through awful circumstances they are separated by guilt, betrayal and thousands of miles.

They both grow up and life continues, but a phone call sends one of the boys back to Afghanistan to save a life and redeem his own soul. Out of that journey, back to his past, the guilt and the shame, and the opportunity to right his wrongs a portrait of hope and forgiveness is drawn.

I would highly reccomend reading the book before watching this movie, however, I'm sure that even without reading the book the movie is still amazing.

If you liked this, and want to enter to win head on over by clicking on the Movie Madness button here!


8 extraordinary comments:

Melissa June 30, 2008 at 3:05 PM  

It was seriously one of the best books I've ever read. I LOVED it. I saw the movie first, and though it was GOOD it didn't make a TON of sense. After reading the book the movie made SO much more sense. And I watched the movie again.

I definitely say it was one of the best movies AND books I've ever read. The movie did such a good job staying true to the novel. It was amazing.

Melissa June 30, 2008 at 3:51 PM  

Anyone who Amanda or I know is welcome to borrow the book if you want to read it, as long as it doesn't get ruined :)

Jaci June 30, 2008 at 7:06 PM  

Ooh, I'm glad you reviewed this. I always walk past it at Blockbuster. I will have to pick it up. I didn't read The Kite Runner, but I read A Thousand Splendid Suns. AWESOME! Disturbing, but still very awesome.

I saw your question on my blog...yes, I've only been blogging for a month, and no, I didn't bring any friends over when I started. It's all thanks to SITS baby! Once you're featured, hundreds of people hit your site. Just wait and see. ;)

Tash July 1, 2008 at 8:22 AM  

Do you know - I haven't read the book or even seen the film!! Perhaps I am missing something!! Will have to put both of them on my list of things to do when I have a spare moment!

Heather J. July 1, 2008 at 9:42 AM  

I'm glad you enjoyed the movie. We read the book in my book club, then watched the movie at our meeting, and we really didn't like it. If you want, you can read what I wrote about it (click here). To me, it felt like the parts of the book that made it so wonderful were excluded from the movie. But that's just my opinion. :)

Mama Dawg July 1, 2008 at 10:10 AM  

I've been wanting to read that book for a while but haven't gotten around to it yet. I always have to read the book before I watch the movie.

Jen July 1, 2008 at 11:30 AM  

Ok, you've convinced me to pick this book up and try again. I read the first couple of pages and thought that there was no way I could ever get through it with all the names they throw at you in Chapter 1. I'm glad you liked the movie.

Thanks for participating in the Movie Madness carnival!!

Runningamuck July 1, 2008 at 4:54 PM  

I'm so glad you wrote on this movie. I read the book about a year or so ago and when I say that they'd made a movie I wasn't sure if I wanted to rent it or not. The book was disturbing but great and I just wasn't sure I wanted to SEE disturbing if it wasn't going to be GREAT too.

But you've convinced me. I'm adding it to my rental queue. Thanks!

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