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.
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.