Never Let Me Go, that terrific 1995 novel by Kazuo Ishiguro about three friends who grew up together in a boarding school and later learn that they are human clones created to donate their organs, has been adapted into the big screen.
The film is set to be released in the US in mid-September and early buzz is that it is as great as the book where it was adopted from. It stars Carey Mulligan (An Education), Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice), and Andrew Garfield (the future Spider-man).
Here are some of the early reviews:
The Daily Mail:
“In certain directorial and thespian hands, Ishiguro’s work could have been turned into mawkish slop. But, with these actors, the film’s a thing of rare beauty. … Never Let Me Go is the most haunting film about love and death I’ve ever seen.”
Never Let Me Go is a perfect example of British film at its very best; it’s a sombre piece of work, yet its sheer quality will lift the gloomiest of spirits. … The film, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel of the same name, stars three of our brightest young actors – Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley. All of them are still only in their mid-20s, yet they have a global reputation that is richly deserved. And all of them are outstanding in never Let Me Go. As such, this beautiful looking film is a perfect opener for the LFF, as the festival’s artistic director Sandra Hebron observed yesterday. Describing it as “accomplished and imaginative,” she added: “It combines impeccable film making, outstanding performances and a deeply moving story, and I couldn’t wish for a stronger or more appropriate opening night.” I couldn’t agree more.
You can watch the trailer here.
And by the way, Scott Pilgrim vs The World won’t be released locally. Bummer.
The good thing is that my favorite read from last year, Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, is now a movie! You can watch the teaser trailer here.