Midnight's Children (12A)

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Midnight's Children

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Dec 18 2012

It’s a source of some amusement that the most approving quote on the poster for Deepa Mehta’s laborious but lavishly illustrated adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker-winning doorstop comes from Rushdie himself. You’d expect the great man to be pleased with it: not only did he write the book and screenplay, but he narrates massive stretches of the film in vigorously fruity but utterly tone-deaf voiceover. ‘There are certain ironies that must not pass unnoticed,’ he trills at one point, as if any subtleties whatsoever could survive his overbearing presence. 

It’s a shame that Rushdie has taken such a verbosely literal approach to his York Notes job, since Canadian-Indian director Mehta’s more florid visual treatment occasionally stumbles into moments of sincere emotional grandeur. The sheer density of this rousing epic fable, tracing the casually exchanged, ultimately convergent destinies of two boys (played by Satya Bhabha and Siddharth) switched at birth on the hour of India’s independence, could defeat even the deftest filmmaker. Mehta fudges the political allegory in favour of the story’s magical realism, but still can’t get her arms around the material – or past Rushdie’s own bear-hug.

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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Wed Dec 26, 2012

Duration:

148 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Deepa Mehta

Cast:

Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami, Seema Biswas

Screenwriter:

Salman Rushdie

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Alex

I found the movie very enjoyable and gave it five stars. It didn't feel long, maybe a touch melodramatic, but this is the nature of Indian sensibility - from what I gather from their films. Gorgeous cinematography, very well acted, full of emotion and interesting twists. I enjoyed it more the book actually, and I find the 2 star given by the Time Out critic way too harsg.

Alex

I found the movie very enjoyable and gave it five stars. It didn't feel long, maybe a touch melodramatic, but this is the nature of Indian sensibility - from what I gather from their films. Gorgeous cinematography, very well acted, full of emotion and interesting twists. I enjoyed it more the book actually, and I find the 2 star given by the Time Out critic way too harsg.

Nazir

Great photography, good acting but way too long. Lots of potential but not executed right - shame really.

Danuta in Glasgow

I haven't read any of Salman Rushdies' books and neither do I know much about the beginnings of the India/Pakistan/Bangladesh countries. But I thoroughly enjoyed this film - it was very long but the storyline kept pace and didn't drag or become boring at any time.