Rudyard Kipling wrote for depth of experience... Oct 20, 2015
as a brilliant storyteller, bringing the readers a living breathing awareness of the richness of experience to be discovered in India (visual, intellectual, and spiritual) and a tutelage on the richness of the English language. Within the scope of this dramatic story he recounts the tension between rugged mountain rulers and the Brit effort to bring solidarity to a diverse people and establish the rule of law (albeit under the Crown). Kim, street urchin and orphan of an Irish soldier, is the centerpiece as forces beyond his understanding bring him into the company of a holy man, which leads to a sort of captivity within British culture and education, then as his 'street smarts' are revealed, he is enlisted into the "Great Game", that is, military intelligence. This movie, although not fully like the book, offers some depth of experience, better than a travelogue - including some stock footage of India during the raj rule, British Imperial India rule. Effort was made to bring some 'flavors' of the various environments and local color/local milieu to its production sets. For those of us who love those Errol Flynn swashbucklers, this story has intrigue enough to please without being action-heavy. For those of us who love stories with depth and breadth and implications, the starting point of Kipling's book was a great idea.