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Never Let Me Go (DVD)
Member Name: kirstymc
Never Let Me Go (DVD)
Advantages: Beautiful Film
Disadvantages: Has a few plot holes
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Director: Mark Romanek
Writers: Kazuo Ishiguro (novel), Alex Garland (screenplay)
Stars: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield
It is really hard to describe Never Let Me Go without giving too much away but I will give a brief outline.
We meet the protagonists Kathy, Tommy and Ruth as children in the Hailsham boarding school. It becomes apparent that what seems like a safe place concerned with the childrens health and well being is actually hiding a ultimately tragic agenda. The story charts the characters through their lives, loves and as they head towards their destiny.
I watched Never Let Me Go without having read the book nor really knowing anything about the story - as such there were a couple of surprises in store but I also felt that I was a little bit out of the loop. I thought the story whilst an utterly depressing concept was really good. I liked the way you were drawn into the story, lulled into a false sense of security that this was a simple film about a love triangle however I did feel that the twist was revealed a little to soon. I sometimes felt that the film was a little slow in places and ultimately I could not understand why they all stayed - perhaps this is due to their indoctrination as children - I expect it is explained better in the book.
I thought all of the characters were very well written and it would be impossible not to sympathise with the tragic lives of the protagonists. Whilst not a fan of Keira Knightly I have to say I thought she was really good in this and played the jealous Ruth. Andrew Garfield is great as the sensitive loner caught between the two girls. The show was totally stolen however by a brilliant performance by Carey Mulligan, she plays vulnerability with understated perfection. I really felt emotionally involved with each of the tragic characters.
The setting and cinematography is very effective in shifting the atmosphere and tone of the film. At the beginning the film is sunny and bright enhancing the feeling of an idyllic childhood in the country. However after the reveal the darker tone of the story is reflected in grey tones across the screen. It is difficult to maintain a sense of hope in such a foreboding atmosphere and after the reveal there is little to smile about.
Overall I am not sure exactly how I feel about this film. I know I liked it and I thought it was very thought provoking but I am not sure I can say I enjoyed a film that left me feeling so depressed. This is a heart wrenching film that will make you really value every minute you have.
Summary: Adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go