Never Let Me Go – Movie Trailer

This is probably one of the few times that you will hear me say that I believe  the movie will be better than the book.  And in this case I think that it will be vastly better.

Never Let Me Go was one of those books that I just didn’t get.  I read it pre-book blogging, when I was searching for a book to read with my book club.  I had recently re-read Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of Hills, a novel that I had loved in college but had not loved so much on re-reading.  I no longer wanted to suggest it for book club, but thought I might be able o go with the same author.  I knew that Ishiguro had written the book upon which the movie of the same title, Remains of the Day, was based, so I figured that another of his books would be good as well.

I ended up having to pick something entirely different for my book club after reading Never Let Me Go.  It’s a quick read, but as mysterious as it tried to be, I didn’t understand that there was a big secret waiting to be discovered.  I guessed what was going on within the first 50 pages of reading, and watching the story dragged  out over the course of the book was rather dull reading for me.  I also thought the dialogue was simplistic, cold and not very deep- the characters were ones for which I felt very little.  After blogging awhile I came to see that this book is almost universally loved and appreciated for its depth and insights.  I am in the distinct minority with my dislike of it.

Now just the few minutes of this trailer seems to put on display everything that was missing for me in the book.  One of my major issues were the characters being so bland.  Just seeing some emotion that the actors are bringing to their roles goes a long way in revealing the unfairness of their circumstances, the love and betrayal that was present in the novel but didn’t touch me.  I find that I am really excited to see the movie.

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In true movie trailer fashion a lot of the plot and the best parts seem to be revealed already.  I hope they left some of the good stuff for the rest of the movie.

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  1. I am one of those who loved the book. The trailer gives away everything!! Not so sure I like that…but I will definitely be watching the movie.

    1. It does give away quite a bit, but I guess it just doesn’t seem as big a deal to me, because I really though that what was going n in the book was apparent within the first fifty pages. I wonder if they even try to make it mysterious in the movie, or if it will be told in a more straightforward way.

    1. I am hoping that it will be better than the book. The trailer certainly is to me. So many have loved it that it might be worth a try Vivienne if you haven’t read it.

    1. I was never convinced that the book was that suspenseful, so I am really interested in how the movie plans to tell the story. Are they just going to say what is happening straight out, and then how will the story play if they do that. I am very curious.

  2. I read the book pre-blogging as well, and I did really enjoy it. And I don’t get very excited about too many movies (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was one big exception!) but this one gives me the chills. I think Carey Mulligan is a rising star. I will most definitely be going to see this one!

    1. The cast looks excellent, and the acting looks really good as well. I don’t look forward to much either, but I do want to see this one.

  3. I’ve not read the book yet but have it on my shelf. I suppose I should read it first and then see the movie.

  4. I liked this book, and did not realize a movie was coming out. Thanks for the heads up Nicole.

  5. I haven’t read the book yet even thought it’s been languishing on my shelves for YEARS. I guess the movie gives me some incentive to go ahead and pick it up and see how I weigh in.

  6. I have to admit, I didn’t realize the “spoiler” in this book was a spoiler, as I figured it out within the first few pages. I even included it in my summary when I reviewed it…whoops! That was early in blogging for me. I was meh about the book when I read it, but it did grow on me until it became one of my favorite books of last year. I’m really looking forward to this movie.

  7. I actually really liked this book, but I can totally see what you mean about the characters being a bit bland in the book. They weren’t as emotionally in depth as I normally like, but I think it was more the subject matter that affected me so much. But I do have to say the movie looks spectacular. That scene with Tommy screaming is so moving. I agree, I think the movie is probably going to be much better than the book just because of that connective pull from the characters that was lacking in the book. Can’t wait.

  8. Your post here reminded me of an article I read a long time ago about how sometimes (rarely, but it can happen) a well-made movie can illuminate a book that you might otherwise not have enjoyed. In other words, the author was advocating that in a few select instances, watching the movie before reading the book can make a world of difference to your enjoyment of the book. I can’t for the life of me remember all of the books/movies he listed, but the one that does stick in my mind is The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan (considered a classic) which was put up on the screen by Hitchcock. I’ve often thought this would make a fun book/movie readalong and watchalong in blogland….

  9. Wow, looks reeeally good. This was my least favourite Ishiguro but on hindsight began to appreciate it more. Arti of Ripple Effects just mentioned this movie to me awhile ago, and was so glad to hear of it because it’s the type of book that appears to be able to translate well into film. Thanks for sharing the trailer!

  10. I am so glad I am not the only one who disliked this book. It just didn’t have any effect on me and I found it kind of boring too. I will probably see the movie though.

  11. I just finished reading this book a few hours ago. I absolutely adored it, and I think the characters being bland was the point. Instead of the typical dystopian main character who fights the system, these were the people who just went along with it so there will never be much depth to their lives because of their fates. I can’t say much more without spoiling the book.

    I’m so glad I didn’t watch the trailer before reading the book because it tells the whole story! It does look like a good adaptation though.