Spanning decades and generations, celebrated Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s highly anticipated adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel is an engrossing allegorical fantasy in which children born on the cusp of India’s independence from Britain are endowed with magical abilities.
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I never read the book so I didn't have it as a frame of reference but I was taken back by the fantastical elements of the story. I enjoyed it for the most part the production design and the cinematography were definite high points but the whole Saleem/India allegory was a little heavy handed at times.
I felt very confused towards the end of the film, I feel like this film should've been broken up into a trilogy or a two part at least because this wasn't very well put together! too much detail crammed into too little time and it felt very rushed - some performances weren't particularly great either. Such a shame because this could've been absolutely fantastic.