As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. Based on the best-selling book by Kazuo Ishiguro.
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It's one of the biggest clichés to kick off a review for a novel's movie adaptation with the good old the book is always superior - it is not necessarily true and for one, I can think of quite a few adaptations that not only manage to translate the magic of the original novel into motion picture but they also add a special new element to the mix. Take Mark Romanek's rendition for Kazuo Ishiguro's best-selling Never Let Me Go as one of the best example for a succeeded book-turned-movie. The original novel is quite superb to start with so it must have been a huge challenge to live up to that but Romanek made a fantastic film out of it, one that matches the quality of the book on almost every level. More well known for his music video background throughout the 90s, Romanek paints pictures that will resonate in the viewers' mind long after the movie ends, however, don't think about over-polished and over-cut scenes here, Romanek leaves all this behind this time and operates with silent yet glittering, rich compositions: under his direction Hailsham and the Cottages come to life, the whole movie is sad but somehow elevating and beautiful just like the novel. Mulligan, Knightley and Garfield are all at their very best here - they manage to give back the very heart of these characters, it is really impossible and unnecessary to choose any of them as a stand out performance, they are very good individually and have a great chemistry all through the movie, as well. The only thing we could probably mention as a set back is that the multidimensional characters are a little simplified here, so is their ever so complicated relationship and the story feels a little rushed and condensed at some places. It might be hard to really understand why they do what they do in case you didn't read the book. But at the end of the day, this is a great movie and a very true and worthy adaptation of the novel. One of the best movies around lately. A must see.
This amazing adaptation of Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go" is a must-see. Mulligan, Knightley and Garfield's portrayals of Kathy, Ruth and Tommy sends chills down your spine and leaves you thinking about what really matters.
A nice film, but there is something weird about the plot. I wouldnt recommend this film to younger viewers But anyhow its a great film and personally I very much enjoyed it, very very sad though.