My sister recommended this film for me to watch tonight. I didn’t really know what to expect. But what I got from it was amazing.
Much more and major spoilers under the cut.
I think this movie is amazing.
Simply put it that way. I loved it.
It dealt with many many themes that I’m very fascinated about and I’m glad that these have been finally addressed. [Existentialism, humaity, hope, morals]
To be totally honest, because I didn’t actually know what it was about, only really sitting on the fact that it was dystopian? And that was all I knew from the beginning.
So at the start and through the start of the film, I was a bit like…
Haha when they were older and Andrew Garfield started playing Tommy, I thought he looked so gumby.
But really I hadn’t grasped the whole idea of this cloning for organ harvesting thing of the film.
There are a lot of things about the film that I want to talk about, and hopefully I will get to.
First of all, just the plot of this (originally from the book by Kazuo Ishiguro in 2005 of which I really want to read now) is brilliant.
Especially now, the execution of it was really great too.
There are many things in this film that subtly emphasized the larger theme of existentialism and how the three characters had progressed with the idea of only being created so their organs can be donated off to people who actually had lives.
Small things I really appreciated was how well shown the lack of true happiness throughout the film within the characters, especially at the start where they were in the school. It was so grey, and the atmosphere produced was very very fitting.
The plot of the whole creating clones for then harvesting healthy organs for other humans to live longer, shows a very true greed and quite monstrous aspect in humans. This poses the question:
If medical advances ever allow this to be possible, to what extents would humans go to, to live longer lives? Even if it calls for clones to be made, almost factory like, soon to be like battery hens or farmed like cattle - what would humans do, and what would we accept, in order that we ourselves benefit, regardless of what other “lifeforms” have to go through?
Other ideas expressed is the idea of the need for hope in humanity. The fact the rumours of differing had even started shows that these “clones” are also normal people too, they had wished that they could live longer and more normal lives. And with the hope of their donations to be pushed back a few years or so for the idea of being with someone with true love, is quite hearbreaking to know that all these rumours are false, and there is in fact, actually no hope for all of them.
Near the end of the film, the audience was also demonstrated very specific traits about humanity. Of which I really agreed with.
We see that the Headmistress of Hailsham is in a wheelchair. With the whole idea of Hailsham being shut down because of it’s ethics - - not because they were raising humans just for medical purposes, but they way that they were quite centered around creativity and expression, which allowed the kids a form of “really living” and provided them a sort of life to actually live rather than to just survive. With the Headmistress in a wheelchair, and the fact that Hailsham had been closed and “like battery farms” were created instead, suggest her not wanting to accept new organs to live on if they had come from people who had been living in horrid factory condiditions of which was absolutely not fair for them.
I appreciate to have a character like her in the story. It allows for more contrast. Where society would want one thing, and how there are people who disagree but of course are powerless to the larger population.
For Kathy to in the end accept her fate and face the future -though left rather open ended- was a half abrupt and actually quite fitting ending. When this film ended, it really left me in a weird state. I honestly actually leant against a wall and sat there, just absorbing the filim really. I was quite emotionally invested in this, of which I rarely do at all. We. as humans as the audience, will always hope for a happy ending to these kind of stories.
We didn’t want Tommy to end up dying, we wanted him and Kathy to find a way to beat the system and run away together and live normal lives that we think they deserved to.
But the beauty of this film. really, is that it breaks the cold hard truth to you. Kind of like a slap in the face.
The idea of existentialism is swirling.
This is what I love to think about, so that is why this film is so beautiful, because questions and curiosity are things that we DO have the freedom to have, and as this film invokes so many things. so really, how can I NOT love it?
On a more fan-girly note, Andrew G and Carey Mulligan were absolutely amazing in this. I loved how true and fitting the casting was for this actually. I really loved CM in this.
The story for both of their characters was just tragic really, truly, my kokoro is really brokoro now srsly. THIS HAS PROBABLY MORE FEELS THAN ANYTHING ELSE OK
I died a little at this part I think. Really.