For you,a thousand times over

Sunday, May 18, 2008 Liyana Hanim 1 Comments

The Kite Runner,blew my mind.As I finish reading it 2 weeks ago(Moja,I forgot to give it back to you but I'll keep it elok2..hehehe),I came to the realization that this world is not just about me,my family and my friends and my country.Reading the book made me realize although I know that the situation in Afghanistan is bad,to get the perspective of a real Afghan author,was mind blowing and it really shattered me.It could happen to anyone.One day your country that was peaceful and beautiful suddenly become bleak,filled with death and all the happiness and the wealth is gone in a split second.And then what is left?The simple conclusion is love and friendship.That is the essence that bind The Kite Runner about the love of friendship.And I can't wait to read A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini as well.

I watched the movie yesterday and...I don't know how many times my tears fell down my face.I didn't cry like 'gila2' but it touched my heart so many times.And there are moments in the movie that absolutely kills me...Like when Hassan was raped by Assef, when Amir throw pomegranates at Hassan and when Sohrab danced with the bells around his ankles...that scene really killed me..the humiliation was just too painful to watch.Also when the man who took care of the orphanage blasted at Amir for getting angry at him....what he said about the bleakness of life at that moment,God,that really killed me too...(although I have read it in the book,seeing in on screen and the fact that the actor did a very good job really touched my heart).And the one that scared me the most was at the stadium during the killing with stones.I was like 'Astaghfirullahalazim' all the way through that scene.

Hassan and Amir.

My friend Chip who saw the movie long before I did said that it didn't follow the book right but I thought that it was a good interpretation of the book though the last half of the movie when Amir manage to get Sohrab...suddenly they were back in America.They didn't show how hard it was for Amir to adopt Sohrab and the fact that Sohrab tried to commit suicide was not shown either. And I thought that the first half of the movie,they didn't really show the extremely close friendship between Amir and Hassan which in turn made the betrayal and the cowardice of Amir, very,very painful for one who have read the book.

But I understand the fact that the book is very long and to be able to cramp everything into 2 hours is impossible.And for that matter,The Kite Runner is a great movie.It gotten great reviews in the US.I especially love the kite race because it was amazing seeing all the kites and the special effects that they did to make the race look so enjoyable. The actors are great too.Khalid Abdallah who played the older Amir did a great job in portraying the character.And so did the little Hassan.In fact everyone of the cast was great.If you have read about the movie in The Star a few weeks ago you would have known for a fact that the child actors were relocated to United Arab Emirates because they fear their safety in their own country,over the fact of the rape scene(a Pashtun boy raping a Hazara.Again,you might not understand this so please READ the book.You WON'T regret it.).

Khalid Abdalla.

But for the people who haven't watched it yet,I suggest that you read the book first,because there will be parts in the movie where you might not be able to connect with or understand (like the part of Sohrab dancing) because the pace was quite fast.I love the book and the movie a lot and again,can't wait to read A thousand splendid suns.So now I also can't wait to watch Prince Caspian because I have been reading the whole Narnia series years ago and want to see if it does the book justice.


acad said...

I'm going to read the book..
so make sure anta cepat2..
btw I'm reading Ahern's now..
boleyh la..
wat isi masa lapang..