Never Let Me Go was not anything like I was expecting.. in some ways for the better and some ways for the worse..
Firstly it made me really want to read the book. So I am going to.
Secondly all I had really heard about this film was that it was a love story. In some ways, yes it was, but I think that it was more like a meditation on life, fate and human behavior. Life is short, and none of us may feel we've had enough time to love and just live. It shows us how beautiful life is, where we can love, dream, hope and desire. Although some people may find that the film is slow, it has one of those incredible endings, packed with emotional power in the last few minutes, to give you that lightheaded feeling: "I just saw an incredible film, I will never forget, and never muddle with any other".
Garfield and Knightley are both great, however Carey Mulligan is wonderful. Thoughtful, wise, modest, weary, she handles the truth, almost submissively.. as though it is fate. As an audience, we watch on, shocked and shaken up by this horrifying fate, and realise the truth about how humans can behave. You may not cry, but you will be stunned to silence.
Finally, as for cinematograph, Romanek has used colours to make the film sad and weary: pastels. The only bright colour one sees is that of the blood, making the film haunting.
Overall I consider this a film of emotional and philosophical depth, and in its quietness it demonstrates the best and the worst human qualities with a heart-rending punch.