Based on the international bestseller, The Kite Runner is a story about friendship, loyalty, and the jelly filling in between. Set in Afghanistan, 1978, Amir and Hassan are best friends. Amir and his father are well off with Hassan and his father as their servants. Despite the social differences, the two boys run through the streets carving up the markets with shouts of laughter and excitement. Most importantly to the story and the characters is that the boys are passionate kite runners. After winning a prestigious competition, Hassan darts through the back alleys to claim the defeated kite. In the process he's cornered by some Shawshank type bullies who do unspeakable things to the young boy. "Nothing is free". Amir, notorious of not standing up for anyone or anything, simply watches as his friend is tortured and mutilated. After the incident, Amir cannot live with what has happened and pushes his friend away.
As history progresses the Russians and the Taliban begin invading the country which forces Amir and his father into exile. Eventually finding their way to the United States, Amir pursues his dreams of becoming a writer, falling in love, and living a normal life. Years later after the publication of his first book, Amir receives a surprising phone call and is forced back to his war torn country in order to set things right with his childhood friend.
I had heard about this book years before the movie came out. I was told time after time to read it and after seeing the movie I can tell there's plenty of potential for a very moving story.
Unfortunately for me the movie felt very disjointed and confused. The story hops back and forth through the years and countries without any transition of frame or time.
Most disappointing is the relationship between the two friends. Whether it be the dialogue, acting, or directing, the realism within the relationship is at times forced and eye rolling.
I'll give the film the benefit of the doubt for those of you interested. I saw Kite Runner in a sardine packed airplane with only half a headphone in ear and a screaming baby in the other. There are definitely some good moments but overall I felt unaffected by a potentially intense and pulling story. Unfortunately potential doesn't earn you stars.
PS. James Bond fans... maybe you should check it out to see how director Marc Forster handles a movie. The director of this film is directing Quantum of Solace. Well... maybe just watch Finding Neverland instead.