In Salman Rushdie‘s novel Midnight’s Children, characters born at the exact moment India became independent of Britain and underwent partition find that they have unexpected powers. It was often called an unfilmable book, not least because of its epic scale.
But it was filmed, by Deepa Mehta, has been playing at festivals and, from November 2nd, will be in general release across the US.
A new piece in the LA Times has featured the film’s trailer, which seems to have been hanging out online, largely undisturbed, for a couple of weeks. Here’s that trailer, and a series of clips from the same YouTube account.
The superpowers, for want of a better term, are actually rather more instrumental to the story than these clips suggest. Don’t expect The X-Men, however.
I’m keen to see how the novel has been stripped down for a film; at the same time, I wish the BBC’s plans to translate the story into a full TV series might also have come to fruition, for the breathing room.
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