Sunday, October 17, 2010
Review: Never Let Me Go
The acting in this picture is absolutely fantastic. Carey Mulligan proves that even in silence she has a star quality that will continue her career as a leading lady in Hollywood. Kiera Knightly was incredible as the jealous, and vindictive Ruth, then remorseful, showing a layered and bruised character. For me though, the real talent her is Andrew Garfield. After seein The Social Network, I questioned whether it was a one-time thing. But his childish, and hopefull Tommy shows emotional depth, curiousity, and the anger and pain of having so little time to live shows just how great an actor he already is, and hopefully he will start to get some bigger roles to showcase his talent (Spiderman is a start).
It is also extremely well made in terms of its technical aspects, particualrly its beautiful cinematography, art direction, and music, which hopefull will get some recognition come Oscar time.
However, it is easy to see why critics and audiences have not fallen in love with this movie. There are no real moments of joy, it is slow-paced, and at times can be distant. However, I feel that these were the effects that Romanek was going for, despite how they can sometimes linger just a little too long, or distance themselves just a little too much for my taste.
Despite that, Never Let Me Go is an emotional and beautiful move that presents some fine performances, and reminds all of how precious life is, particularly when you know it is going to end. It is an important film worth putting on your watch list for this Fall.