Thursday, November 11, 2010

Never Let Me Go

I just got back from Never Let Me Go at The Ross. I really liked it. The main protagonist is Carey Mulligan, who is still great. Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield are also wonderful. It is directed by Mark Romanek, mainly of music video reknown and One Hour Photo, and based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. I've previously read and watched The Remains of the Day, which I also really enjoyed (the book more than the film).

It is about three students who were created, along with their peers, for organ donation. There's a love triangle, and the emotion associated with having no control over your life (and its completion). I love the pacing of the film. We see Cathy H., Ruth, and Tommy D. at 11, 18, and 27. I found it a wonderful testament to Romanek and the casting director that the core of each character is present in the child actors and seamlessly transitions to their aged selves.

The character I marveled the most at was Tommy. He had more than innocence, more than simpleness, he had purity. I found it very easy to involve (turn with) myself with his life and emotions because of their pristine nature.

Another donor was played by Domhnall Gleeson. I've never seen that name before and I like it. And now I see I've already enjoyed his father's acting many times. Another name that caught my eye in the credits was Lloret, though I forget if there was one 't' or two.

I'm trying to read a life of Vince Lombardi right now, but the novel is definitely on my list.

In other news, I had some of those cheese buttons warmed in cream in my slow cooker with a spot of honey. The magic of heating the cream is that it thickens like a clotted cream and makes a very nice sauce. The reheated buttons also become more cheesy as the cottage cheese melts a bit.

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