The book by Ishiguro is overwhelming, sad and tragic, and exciting and horrific at the same time. Romanek's adaptation is honorable, mostly thanks to his cast - pre-Spiderman Andrew Garfield in particular, but it is the story that one remembers more, as the film doesn't leave any lasting image.
A tender dystopian/sci-fi that cleverly disguises itself as a love story; in a sense it is, but it's definitely more about holding onto beloved friends in one's life than it is about traditional romance. Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Kiera Knightley feed off each other very well, and that impending doom the three of them must face come the ending makes you wish they had more time together.
This almost goes without saying, but there were some horrible adaptation decisions being made about some vital parts of the book. That cassette wasn't about love, YOU FOOL! Ruth wasn't that bad or cruel, UGH! And that added little narration summing up the film's social commentary—GAG ME WITH A SPOON. Pretty but I read the book the day before so wahwahwah.
“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.” I feel the same. Personal favourite, but probably because of the exceptional book. The film had quiet beauty though, I must say.