The Kite Runner: Movie Review

Happy Thursday,

In early June, I got my packet for this year’s English summer reading. We ordered the books, Night and The Kite Runner off of Amazon along with the movie to The Kite Runner. I finished the book and I needed to watch the movie. Since they gave us the week off of school for all the flooding and destruction that happened because of Hurricane Matthew, I watched the movie. I do recommend reading the book first, or know about the book, because there is so much that is different between the two.

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Title: The Kite Runner

Director: Marc Forster

Released: December 14, 2007

Run Time: 128 Minutes

Distributed By: DreamWorks Pictures

Spanning from the final days of Afghanistan’s monarchy to the atrocities of the Taliban reign, an epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, an unlikely friendship develops between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, a servant to Amir and his father. During a kite-flying tournament, an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever. As an adult haunted by the childhood betrayal, Amir seeks redemption by returning to his war-torn native land to make peace with himself and reconcile his cowardice.


The Cast:

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  • Khalid Abdalla as Amir Qadiri
  • Zekeria Ebrahimi as Young Amir
  • Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada as Young Hassan
  • Homayoun Ershadi as the Agha Sahib/Baba
  • Atossa Leoni as Soraya
  • Shaun Toub as Rahim Khan
  • Saïd Taghmaoui as Farid
  • Abdul Salaam Yusoufzai as Assef
  • Elham Ehsas as Young Assef
  • M. Ali Hassan as Sohrab
  • Maimoona Ghezal as Jamila Taheri
  • Qadir Farookh as General Taheri
  • Khaled Hosseini  as Doctor in the park
  • Camilo Cuervo as a Taliban Soldier
About the Book:

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Title: The Kite Runner

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Publisher: Riverhead

Released: May 29, 2003

Pages: 371 (Paperback)

*Click here to see my review*

Khaled Hosseini’s #1 New York Times Bestselling Debut
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.”
Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

Khaled Hosseini

About the Author: Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. In 1970 Hosseini and his family moved to Iran where his father worked for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran. In 1973 Hosseini’s family returned to Kabul, and Hosseini’s youngest brother was born in July of that year.
In 1976, when Hosseini was 11 years old, Hosseini’s father obtained a job in Paris, France, and moved the family there. They were unable to return to Afghanistan because of the Saur Revolution in which the PDPA communist party seized power through a bloody coup in April 1978. Instead, a year after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, in 1980 they sought political asylum in the United States and made their residence in San Jose, California.
Hosseini graduated from Independence High School in San Jose in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. in 1993. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1996. He practiced medicine for over ten years, until a year and a half after the release of The Kite Runner.
Hosseini is currently a Goodwill Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He has been working to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through the Khaled Hosseini Foundation. The concept for the foundation was inspired by the trip to Afghanistan that Hosseini made in 2007 with UNHCR.
He lives in Northern California with his wife, Roya, and their two children, Harris and Farah.

They Took My Favorite Parts Out

In the book, I had a few parts where I wanted to see on the big screen. Of course, they had to take them out. The scenes really played a big part in the book so I would have guessed that it would be in the movie. These parts were:

  1. At Amir’s party, Assef gives him a book about Hitler because of a comment that was made during a scene between Assef and his friends VS. Hassan and Amir
  2. High School Graduation for Amir – when Baba gives Amir a truck and they wish that Hassan would be there. (In the movie, Amir never gets a truck and you only see him graduate Community College)
  3. Amir and Baba running into the man that raped Hassan and they find out that he had been raped
  4. Finding out why Amir and Soraya couldn’t have kids
  5. Hassan’s Clift Lip, which revealed how much Baba really loved him even though he wasn’t his own ‘kid’, at the time Amir didn’t know the truth
  6. Hassan’s son, Sohrab doesn’t try to kill himself in the bathroom with a razorblade
  7. Amir is never told that he could not adopt/take home Sohrab

I’m pretty sure that there was a few more scenes that the movie forgot but these were the ones that stood out to me. Since the movie didn’t add these scenes in, viewers that didn’t read the book would have a bunch of questions, including why Soraya and Amir didn’t have their own kids.

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One of the biggest scenes that was changed was the whole Amir blames Hassan for stealing his watch and Ali reveals that him and his son are leaving. In the book, it describes Baba as being upset and angry but in the movie, Baba only tries to stop them from going. He really doesn’t get angry with them and he really doesn’t cry like the book says. Secondly, in the book, Hassan and Ali leave on a rainy day. The book describes the day as being really gloomy like the emotions of Baba and Amir. The movie on the other hand, shows the sun being out, being as bright as possible. This was the beginning of a major turning point: Hassan and Amir’s friendship is over, after all of these years.

Where is Ali?

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Ali is supposed to be Baba’s best friend. The two of the grew up together, even though they weren’t supposed to be hanging out. Baba would do anything for Ali and Ali would do anything for Baba. Ali and his son Hassan worked for Baba and Amir so the two families always saw each other.

In the book, Ali shows up a bunch. Ali is always doing stuff with Baba and is always working on stuff in the background. In the movie though, Ali is only seen in three different scenes:

  1. After Hassan is beaten and raped, Ali is seen serving Amir, asking if he knew something about Hassan that he wasn’t saying
  2. During Amir’s birthday party as a servant
  3. While Baba addresses Hassan about stealing the watch and Ali reveals that they two of them are leaving

In the movie, Ali wasn’t no big, main character like in the book. Baba was the father of his son and the movie really never made it a big deal. Yes, the movie reveals this fact but it’s not as big as a deal as it was in the book, and I really wished it would have been.

Sequence of Events:

The movie begins with Amir and Soraya, admiring the final product of Amir’s book. Soraya leaves the room to begin a bath and the phone rings. Amir answers the phone and it’s an old friend, Rahim Khan. He tells Amir to come back to Kabul because he needs him to do something. Amir goes to Kabul and the backstory begins.

For the most part, the movie does go in order. I thought that since the movie started with that part first, the movie wouldn’t go in that order. It was pretty interesting to see the scene at the tree and Amir getting mad at nothing since it was such a great, intense seen in the book.

The backstory meets up with the present time, where Amir is going to Kabul. You see Amir going to Rahim Khan and Amir finding out that Hassan and his wife was killed. Rahim Khan reveals that he wants Amir to go and find Hassan’s son and for him to take him back to the states. Amir goes through the process of getting Sohrab.

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The book ends with Soraya, Amir, and Sohrab at a park, celebrating their culture. There are kites flying in the sky and Sohrab is staring at them. Amir buys a kite and he shows Sohrab what Hassan used to do with him. Like Hassan, Amir runs after the kite for Sohrab and you begin to see Sohrab smile.

My Rating:

In overall, I would have to give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars. The movie was okay but it wasn’t good or bad. If it wasn’t for the fact I needed to watch it for school, I would have changed the channel. The movie was boring in a sense because the movie never had any excitement and music in the background. Everything I have heard and what I was told was the movie was beautiful and it made them cry. I don’t know if they were watching the same movie as I was because I totally didn’t see that at all. There was something missing in the movie that the book had. I do recommend you watching the movie if you have read the book because it will help the book stay with you longer.

Have you seen this movie or read the book? What were your thoughts if you have? Your favorite book to movie adaption? Let me know your thoughts and feelings in the comments!

Happy Reading,


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