1. I liked the movie, and felt like it was a faithful adaptation of the book. David Benioff did an excellent job at transitioning the popular novel from page to screen...his diverse pre and post projects had me a little worried.
2. The story of The Kite Runner is far more plot driven, then say a challenging film adaptation like Atonement, making the film more accessible and certainly easier to adapt.
3. The real challenge of making a movie like The Kite Runner, seems to provide authenticity in terms of place, tone, and pacing. Bringing the various time periods of Kabul to life. Producing stunning performances out of children, first time and international actors. Certainly some great behind the scenes people made that happen.
4. The film version is moving (as the book was), you shouldn't be embarrassed to cry.
5. If you're not going to read the book, see the movie.
6. If you've read the book, I'm sure you'll want to see the movie. See the movie also.
7. Khalid Abdalla did a faithful and appropriate performance in the lead role, while most of the praises I have heard have been directed at one of the younger stars (Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada) while, I was most impressed myself with Homayoun Ershadi, who played the part of Baba.
8. Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias certainly deserves a second academy award nomination for his scoring for this film.
9. I think this is a great addition to Marc Forster's diverse resume. I hope he pleases with the next edition of James Bond, and that he continues to make unique films.
10. The theater I saw the film in was packed, but the majority of the audience was people past retirement age, I wonder if this is a unique experience, or if others experienced this as well. I felt like most of the elderly crowd in the theater has also read the book based on the post film discussions.