My family and I usually go to the theater this time of year and yesterday I went along with no advanced knowledge of the movie we were going to see.
I rarely recommend a new film because I believe that so few are worth seeing, however, I make an exception for The Kite Runner. If it doesn't capture your attention, enlighten you about the Middle East in some way, or stir your emotions -- I'll be surprised.
This film is based upon Khaled Hosseini's popular novel of the same title that tells a terrifying but ultimately redemptive tale that is set in Kabul, Afghanistan. The timeline takes us from Afghan life in the late 1970s under corrupt, albeit relatively stable rule, to the horrors of the Taliban in 2000.
You can tell from the stylish opening when credits are still rolling that this is no ordinary production, but I didn't expect how effectively the film creators would capture the depth and dimensions of both evil and goodness in that part of the world.
Suffice it to say that a "Best Picture" nomination must be in the offing and perhaps other nominations including best cinematography, best actor and best supporting actor.