“The Kite Runner” Foolishness is Wrapped Up in the Heart of a Boy

Genres: Drama and Adaptation
Running Time:
2 hrs. 2 min.
Release Date:
December 14th, 2007 (limited)
MPAA Rating:
PG-13 for strong thematic material including the rape of a child, violence and brief strong language.
Paramount Vantage

Directed by: Marc Forster

JJ Rating: A+

Kites fly high in battle. Two friends, Amir (Zekiria Ebrahimi) and Hassan (Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada), are out to win the tournament. But what was supposed to be a day of joy and celebration turns into betrayal that will set into motion events that will tear the two apart, causing one to not see the wrong until it’s almost too late to right. The Kite Runner.

I cried. There are few things that just really get to me and friendship is one of them. Really good friends not being friends any more for stupid reasons also get to me, especially when one friend is beyond the word loyal. It is just one of those movies that hits home and has more meaning than I had expected it to have.

There are a lot of scenes with just the kids together and Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzad and Zekiria Ebrahimi are ebullient. The scene with them near the tree and the fruit throwing was heartbreaking because of what was done and what was said. It could not have been so if the two of them were not portraying their characters with the amount of integrity needed to shine. Homayoun Ershadi played Baba with compelling wisdom of old and care of heart. Khalid Abdalla played the older Amir and he had a sincerity of heart going on with strong will to do what he knew was right. With the scenes of Baba and Amir when they are in America are compassionate and heart warming. There is a lot of care between the two and a lot of warmth and respect.

I enjoyed how Amir was trying to garner forgiveness for his past by standing up for his childhood friend in certain ways. I liked the dinner scene he had with his wife and her parents. It was a moment where he finally stood up like his father always wanted him too.

The pacing is something that is complained about by certain so called critics. I think the pace of the movie is perfect and well thought out. They have time to develop the characters and give understanding to their different actions and the reasons they are being the way they are. It allows the audience to follow and understand. Also giving them the chance to connect with the characters, it is very good to do with a movie like this. It’s about the character’s relationships with one another more so than anything else. So it’s important to convey them correctly so that when events that transpire at the end have a profound affect on people’s emotional response. It worked on me.

I wanted to see this movie because it would give me a perspective on things that I never knew about or understood. It helped me see that people have history that is more interesting than the job they are doing. This is because of a convenient store scene. I never think that those that are there have nothing to offer but it’s good to be reminded that it is possible there’s more than someone making a living.

It showed me what kids who are over there like to do. I’ve flown a kite before but never had I thought of kite fighting. That was interesting to learn about. The title The Kite Runner is making reference to someone who runs after a kite that has been defeated, cut from the spool string. It was affectionately named after Mahmoodzad’s character’s skill in figuring out where the kite will land. Whenever I thought of kites I would think of Marry Poppins and let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height. Now when I see a kite I will think of The Kite Runner. The scenes that show the kites in flight are spectacular. I really love the sound of the air hitting the kites as they flew and the angles of the shots. That’s something to praise the director Marc Foster for. He has a great eye for what will look good on the screen and how to get the kids to give performances that will be moving and memorable.

While watching Atonement my heart hurt and it never healed. While watching The Kite Runner it hurt too, but at the end it was healed. The ending to this movie is not a happily ever after type ending. It is an ending that is on the road to healing and it’s done so well. It comes full circle to what was shown at the beginning. That makes it a powerful ending.

I want to own The Kite Runner. I wanted to see it but had no clue I’d fall in love with it. It’s not my average movie I’d like. It doesn’t have the normal feel good feel I like in movies like this. I mean I felt good while watching it because of the good moral nature of some of the characters. It’s just not something that if I were told about would think I’d want to own it to watch it again. I would watch it again because of the heart it has. That in the worst of places people exist who see the right and wrong, and will stand up against that wrong no matter the consequences of their actions. They do it because it is right. The Kite Runner might have a character whose heart is tied up in foolishness, but unlike some who get knotted up, he frees himself and stands up, as his father wanted, for what he believes as right and damned be the consequences.

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