First Trailer for the Movie of Salman Rushdie's "Unfilmable" Midnight's Children

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Will Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning novel Midnight's Children become a satisfying film? When we posted some clips from the film adaptation a while back, commenter Michael_GR responded, "Not sure what to think about this. Midnight Children should be impossible to film (could have been a 10-hour miniseries, though)." But now you can check out the first actual trailer for the film, which comes out November 2, and get more of a sense of how it captures Rushdie's story of superpowered children born in the hour of India's independence. [L.A. Times]

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Where the superpowers at? This looks like some real regular "epic" period movie business, with only a smidge of magic realism fairy tale serendipity (just enough to induce a tiny squirt of bile at the back of my throat).

I actually didn't get through even the first quarter of the book—I can't deal with Rushdie's constant, super-indulgent tangents, though I can see their appeal—but from everything I've heard and read about it, the powers are kind of prominent, no? This trailer makes it seem like the most self-hating sort of genre slumming.