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Never Let Me Go – Movie Trailer

I read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro last March 2009 and I didn’t think much of it. The narratives were convoluted, the reverie structure of the book send my recollection on the plot and stories in disarray. The prose was bland and matter-of-factly. So imagine my surprise when I found out the book has been adapted to the big screen and due to be released soon:

The movie sure made the story potentially darker and tastefully rendered. This wasn’t what I had in mind when I read the book.

Will you watch it?

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16 thoughts on “Never Let Me Go – Movie Trailer

  1. I loved the book and I think the trailer seems to capture the mood of the book overall. So yep Ill be watching it!

    Posted by Jessica | August 18, 2010, 11:08 am
    • @Jessica,
      Thanks for stopping by!
      I agree with you about the dark mood that prevails in the movie. It’s just that it looks so good on screen, a big contrast to what I read.

      Posted by JoV | August 18, 2010, 12:56 pm
  2. Really? This is exactly how I imagined it! Well, apart from it looking like the 1940s – and having Keira Knightley and one of the Weasely twins in it, obviously 😉

    Posted by Tony | August 18, 2010, 12:30 pm
    • @Tony,
      Don’t you think Keira is too old to be in it??!! It’s icky to see her in a adolescene movie when she acted in such “mature” movies… Emma Watson or “Bella” of Twilight or someone unknown would have been better. 😉

      Posted by JoV | August 18, 2010, 12:58 pm
  3. I did not like the book but I probably will see the movie anyway! :–)

    Posted by rhapsodyinbooks | August 18, 2010, 5:57 pm
  4. Saw this trailer last week or something. I liked the book so yes I will watch the movie. It kinda has the same vibe with the book I think. And I don’t see the book or the movie as adolescent (was quite surprised when you said so). There are quite a few sex scenes in the book as I remember it and the theme is quite dark. Like Tony I look forward to see Keira (didn’t realize there’s one of the Weasley twins!).

    Posted by mee | August 18, 2010, 11:56 pm
    • @Mee, not adolescence as a genre, not Harry Potter sort of movie, but acting as the adolescent character, I think Kiera doesn’t look the part.

      Posted by JoV | August 19, 2010, 7:13 am
    • @Mee, I took a look at the trailer again and tried to remember how old then when Kathy and friends meet up later in life and thought back about their childhood…. and thought ahhh…. perhaps Kiera might suit the part. All this discussions have really mess up my head now, perhaps I should re-read the book! 😦

      Posted by JoV | August 19, 2010, 7:50 am
  5. We are going to read that one for our new bookclub. It seemed nice and dystopian, which appeals to a few of our members (we had our first meeting last Saturday). I would choose to see the movie, but that really depends what I think of the story. All I have done so far is read a synopsis or two. Out of curiosity, why didn’t you like it? Would it give too much away if I read your review? I like to go into books with my own viewpoint, so I tend not to read detailed information about the novel before I attempt it myself.

    I would probably like the movie more if it _wasn’t_ created by a big studio. From what I have seen of the story, it would have been better marketed to the arthouse scene. I guess we will see.

    BTW, this is obsidiantears83 from http://bookbitesoz.blogspot.com/ – I am updating another of my blogs and just realised I would have had to sign out then sign in again to post this comment.

    Posted by Zja Zja | August 19, 2010, 6:54 am
    • @Jacq, nice having you here! My feeling about the book is sum up in the opening line of the post. it’s always better if you read the book and then come back to my review, that way you can make your own judgement and not tainted by anyone else’s. Good luck with your bookclub read!

      Posted by JoV | August 19, 2010, 7:09 am
  6. WOW! Seeing this trailer makes me want to pick up the book right now (which shamefully has been sitting idle in my shelf for a long time now). The trailer does have the same atmosphere that I imagine the book would have (based on reviews I’ve read). I definitely want to see this. I just hope they show it here in the Philippines. British films aren’t commonly marketed here 😦

    Posted by Mark David | August 22, 2010, 11:20 am
    • Hi Mark,
      hope you had a great weekend. I hope you get to see it too because the production looks really good. I’ll be interested to know what you think about both the book and the film, regardless at which sequence you see or read them first! 😉

      Posted by JoV | August 22, 2010, 12:05 pm
  7. Can’t wait to see the movie (and drool over the pretty English accents 😀 ). It’s one of my favorite books, and I even got to discuss it in a class 🙂

    Posted by Bina | August 28, 2010, 5:00 pm
  8. Hi! Just like to ask if they’ve shown it here in the Philippines already. It never came to my attention that the movie was already showing, abroad at least. I have read the book around 2 years ago and it just came to my knowledge today that they made a movie of it when I saw a “movie cover” edition of the book at Fully Booked in Edsa Shang.

    Did they show it here already?

    Posted by Editha | October 26, 2010, 4:54 pm

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