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Little magic or realism to be found in ‘Midnight’s Children’

So-called “magical realism” — spiking realistic narrative with flights of narrative fancy — works in books, but in movies it’s usually neither magical nor realistic.

Such is the case in Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of screenwriter Salman Rushdie’s hefty, best-selling novel “Midnight’s Children,” an often twee jumble of undeveloped ideas. Some scenes, if not spellbinding, do aspire to the poetic, but as the epic tale of a nation’s travails told from the point of view of a kooky character, this plays like a lumpy Indian version of “Forrest Gump.”

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