Never Let Me Go [Book vs Movie]

Wow. I just finished watching Never Let Me Go. And wow. You might remember that I didn’t LOVE the book as much as everyone else. I don’t know what it was about the movie – the actors, the scenery, the score – that triggered what I think most people feel upon reading the book but I am SOLD. Kazuo Ishiguro, I take back any doubts I had about your storytelling ability. I want to read all of your books right now.

Carey Mulligan was wonderful. I was a little afraid Keira Knightly would outshine her but Keira Knightly did a surprisingly good job staying within her supporting character role. And Andrew Garfield was a perfect Tommy. The younger actors were just as good as their older counterparts. The music and the setting were both beautiful and haunting.

The movie followed the book very closely. I am glad that I read the book but I am even more glad that I watched the movie so that I could finally experience the Never Let Me Go that everyone told me about. This is a rare instance where I want to say the movie was better than the book. But  I really think the movie just enhanced the book for me.

Has anyone else seen Never Let Me Go? Thoughts?

7 thoughts on “Never Let Me Go [Book vs Movie]

  1. Lisa March 14, 2011 / 9:17 am

    It’s so funny that you posted this. I just watched the movie this weekend. Maybe not so surprisingly, I disagree with you about the movie being better than the book. I thought the movie left out too much information that was necessary tot he story. Also, the movie tried very hard to make the story creepy, which was not part of the book at all. The movie seemed to be more about the bio-ethical questions, which is not what the book seemed to be about really.

    I watched the movie with my parents, who had not read the book, and they basically hated it. In fact, after me explaining what was different in the book, my dad said he would probably like the book but the movie made him not interested in reading it.

    Anyway, just funny that we had such different views on this. Although, I guess considering we never seem to like the same books, it’s not surprising. haha.


    • Michelle March 14, 2011 / 9:23 am

      And I watched it with my mom who hadn’t read the book and now she really wants to read it.

      I really thought the movie was very similar and captured all of the important parts of the book.

      Maybe we should stick with seeing Step Up and Toy Story movies together. 😉


      • Lisa March 14, 2011 / 10:56 am

        I do like those movies!!


  2. Amy @ My Friend Amy March 14, 2011 / 1:50 pm

    I haven’t read the book, but I did enjoy the movie. I LOVED the score…one of the most beautiful that came out last year.


  3. Elisabeth March 14, 2011 / 5:06 pm

    Never Let Me Go was a book that is so vividly etched in my mind that I have no desire to see the movie. My daughter on the other hand read the book and saw the movie, and like you enjoyed both.


  4. Jennifer-Girls Gone Reading March 15, 2011 / 7:17 am

    Glad to see that I am not alone in my non-love of the book NEVER LET ME GO. I didn’t love it. I didn’t even really like it. The idea intrigued me, but the delivery was “meh”…I am excited to see the movie though, and it makes me more excited to see that you liked it despite your feelings for the book.


  5. Melissa March 23, 2011 / 3:01 pm

    I loved the movie too! I just watched it and I thought it was beautiful. I liked the book but didn’t love it. I hope you’ll read more of Ishigurop though. I read Remains of the Day after Never Let Me Go and it became one of my favorite books.


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