"The Kite Runner" is a gripping drama that tackles difficult content and gives us a glimpse into modern Afghan life. It also gives an interesting perspective into kite flying tournaments, which I never realized we're a thing. The film's acting performances are so realistic that you will forget that you are watching fiction. You will feel frustration and anger toward some of the actors because they are so convincing. The story is adapted from the 2003 New York Times bestseller of the same name to deliver a combination of heartwarming moments (the childhood friendship of Amir and Hassan) and heart wrenching ones (racism against Hassan, the portrayal of the Taliban). The highs and lows are connected by excellent character development and the theme of loyalty. I was under the impression that this was a family movie... Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it is a foreign language film, and even more when I discovered some of the content! A few details are suggested instead of shown to keep the film tasteful, but this is definitely a film better suited for mature audiences. If you are in the mood to have a good cry or to have your faith restored in peoples' ability to change and do the right thing, "The Kite Runner" is for you. If you are not in the mood for either of these things, stay far away.
[Pictured: This film will make you see Afghanistan in a new way.]