never let me go.9:31:00 AM
After being incredibly intrigued by the trailer, and the stellar young British cast I have been eagerly awaiting the release of 'Never Let Me Go' for quite some time, but due to all the cinemas in Christchurch being closed this wait was made a little longer. I finally got the opportunity to see it today, and it's safe to say it's a film you will either love or hate.
On the surface, 'Never Let Me Go' follows the lives of three children who grow up together at a countryside boarding school, and along the way become involved in an emotional love triangle. However, Kathy, Tommy and Ruth were created for a pre-determined purpose and although they are aware of this, as they become adults they must come to terms with the inevitable fate that awaits them.
The story is an interesting combination of romantic drama, paired with subtle science fiction and despite it's overall melancholic tone, the film is hauntingly beautiful and moving. Set in the 80's - 90's, the film is also spectacularly shot, making the English countryside dreary yet charming, echoing the mood of the drama. The cast is also excellent in their roles, although Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield were the stand-outs for me, each playing their character with such raw emotion that I felt their connection and could empathise with their heartbreaking situation.
Overall, the film is tragic, but not in a bad way. I thoroughly enjoyed the interesting plot and the fact it left me with so many unanswered questions. It's definitely a film I will gladly see again x