Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Never Let Me Go *Movie Review*

 Movie Synopsis:

Based on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, Never Let Me Go centers around friends Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) who all lived and grew up together in a world that was preordained for them.

Through their years at the strict and highly organized boarding school, Hailsham, to their time together at 'The Cottages,' these three life-long friends learned early on of the terrible thing they were created for, and the fact that they wouldn't live to reach adulthood.

With that premise in mind, they accepted their lives, and lived to the best of their abilities. Aside from needing to be completely healthy, they fell in love. They felt true loss. They had fun when they could. Too bad they didn't realize what life had in store for them, or as Kathy said in the movie, "She would have held onto them longer if she knew."

My Thoughts:

On the surface, this movie is all about the love triangle between Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth; Kathy, the quiet and understanding one, having fell in love with Tommy early on in their friendship, Ruth, the selfish and manipulative one, knowing Kathy loved Tommy, but pursing him anyway, and Tommy, the temperamental and creative one, stuck between feeling obligation and true love.

Look deeper into things, though, and you realize love is such a trite thing compared to what these three face their entire, short-lived lives. They were created for a single purpose, and no matter what rumors they heard otherwise or how hard they tried, there was no changing that.

I'm very much into these weird kind of indie films, so I really liked it, even though it was heart-wrenchingly depressing. It made you REALLY think about life, about love, and about dying. In another place and time, this could very well be what people do. Is it right? Is it fair?

I guess you'll just have to watch the movie and be the judge of that yourself!

**This is an opinion solely based on my thoughts and opinions of the movie in question and no one elses. I was not influenced one way or another to write the subject matter in this review, so if you don't like it or don't agree with it, that is your choice and I fully respect it so please extend me the same curtsy**


Unknown said...

that sounds interesting, but also something you need to be in the mood for. Personally I think love comes in many shades of red

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen the movie yet, but I did read the book some time back. I was touched by the story and although it was depressing, it does make one appreciate life much more.

p.s. I enjoyed your review of the movie, Kayla.