YMMV / The Kite Runner

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Amir a misunderstood boy who wants his father’s affections? A coward who always runs from his problems? Or a selfish but still caring person? It seems that everyone sees Amir differently.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Some people see Amir as a protagonist everyone can relate to who has to tackle the obstacles in his path, while others see him as a spineless jerk who only cares about himself.
  • Broken Base: Over the film as to whether it's a good adaptation of the book or not.
  • Complete Monster: Assef begins life as a brass knuckle-brandishing sociopath and a racist bully with a virulent hatred of the Hazaras. Possessed of an admiration for Adolf Hitler himself and considering him a visionary, Assef is already known as an ear-eating savage around his area and shows his true colors by raping Hassan alongside his friends after the boy humiliates him. Assef graduates from bully to a member of the Taliban who introduces himself stoning a blindfolded man to death and taking orphans to be sold into sexual slavery, among them the now-deceased Hassan's son Sohrab as his personal Sex Slave. Assef is no less adamant about his mission to massacre the Hazaras, and proudly accepts the term "ethnic cleansing" as one he likes. Assef views himself as taking out "garbage" around Afghanistan, but when everything is clear, Assef is little more than a domineering, depraved, remorseless bully from youth to adulthood.
  • Hollywood Homely: In the book, Ali is described as having his face muscles damaged by a sickness, and Hassan having a harelip. Neither are present in the film.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Amir is shown to be stubborn and often outwit on Hassan with tricks for his amusement. But he has a father who doesn’t appreciate the way he is, feels guilt about “killing” his mom when she gave birth to him and Hassan is his only friend. He may be a jerk sometimes, but what Amir had to go through was rough.
  • Moe: Hassan is loyal, innocent (or too innocent as Amir mentions) and a bit naïve. It’s no surprise that people find him adorable.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Assef, see Rape as Drama on the Main page.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Zekeria Ebrahimi and Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada, the Afghan child actors who played young Amir and young Hassan respectively, had never acted before and have never acted again. In fact, acting in the movie caused major problems after shooting finished, because many questioned sending them back to Kabul, where their families feared attacks because of the homosexual themes in the movie. They were relocated to the United Arab Emirates.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Even though Hassan is a nice person who would do anything for Amir, he is often subjected to racial comments by the Afghans for being a Hazara. But a lot of people adore Hassan and sympathize him for what he went through.
  • The Woobie: Hassan, oh so much.
    • Sohrab.

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