A flawed yet sympathetic adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s epic second novel, this at-times visually stunning work has many resonant points to make about the 20th-century experience of the Indian subcontinent. Unfortunately, attempts to edit 400 or so pages into cohesive and dramatic cinema make for some uncomfortable editing decisions. The film often resembles an expertly designed audio book with additional visual cues. Insert the ever-present Rushdie narration and you are left wishing the production team had taken a more challenging approach.
Midnight’s Children | Directed by Deepa Mehta (Canada, UK 2012) with Satya Bhabha, Siddharth and Shahana Goswarmi. Starts March 28