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11-07-2012, 04:46 PM
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Midnight's Children (2012), by Deepa Mehta: On the stroke of midnight on the day that India achieves independence from Great Britain, a nurse, with reasons of her own, switches two babies so that the one from the rich family grows up poor and the one from the poor family grows up rich. This adaptation of Salman Rushdie's ambitious novel is a complex work that examines the fates of the two children, Saleem and Shiva, and their families, who all try to survive a turbulent 30-year period that represents the birth pains of modern India/Bangledesh/Pakistan. Add magic realism to the mix--Saleem can conjure "midnight's children," all the other children born in India at the same hour, to his room at will--and you get a movie that tries to accomplish too much with only limited success. Rushdie wrote the screenplay from his novel and even with all of the material that he left in place, he still must resort to numerous intrusive voice overs to clarify the significance of some of these events. They are really literate voice overs, for sure. But this material works much better in a book that relies upon the reader's imagination than it does in a movie where everything is literally translated, even a character's ability to make things invisible. I give Mehta points for trying to pull this off and, indeed, she comes up with some beautiful images. Nonetheless, the overall result is a film that is scattered and thematically indistinct.


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