Never Let Me Go (2011)

Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) faced an almost impossible task: to visually render a novel almost entirely constructed from the questionably reliable memories of protagonist Kathy H.

I loved the novel.

So I’m a little disappointed with the film, because they dropped so many of the novel’s subtle nuances that we’re simply left with a strange, sad little love story.

Ruth (Keira Knightley) is jealous and spiteful, and through Kathy (Carey Mulligan) we’re supposed to dislike her – but the film misses the point that we should also question Kathy’s version of events.

There’s no pencil case, so we never see Kathy’s cruel side. The tape never goes missing, so Tommy (Andrew Garfield) never buys its replacement during their Norfolk trip – and for me this ruins the final wrenching scene where Kathy stands in front of the fence with all the windblown rubbish.

My advice: go read the book.

Never Let Me Go . 2011 . Mark Romanek

Reviewed by Craig Pay

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