Sunday, 12 October 2014

Movie Review: The Giver

IMDb Summary:
In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.

A book to movie adaptation done somewhat well.

Unlike most book to movie adaptations rather than jamming as much as they could into the film they did the opposite for a book that was only 200 or so pages, and instead added in new plotlines. They did still follow the same story as the book (and very closely I might add) but included more depth. This is included Asher, Jonas’ friend having his own story leading to a major role at the end.

There was also a romance between Jonas and Fiona. In the film they were turning into adults and I believe they meant this to be 18, so a romance was easier to portray than it would have been for the 12 year olds in the book (really, it wouldn’t have worked). I thought the age changes was a good idea (unlike in Percy Jackson) because it simply improved the movie and kept me interested.

What they also did well, was making the colours come in gradually as Jonas discovered them. But when it cut to someone else it went back to black and white showing that they still had the same perspective they always did. So even though Jonas and how he saw the world was changing, the rest of the community weren’t.

The actors were also on point. It must have been hard to show naivety and innocence without simply sounding dumb or even cheesy, but they succeeded in making it believable.

In the end it wasn’t my favourite movie, and since I went into it thinking I was going to be bored rigid anyways it was a success in my eyes.
Favourite Quote:
“When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.”

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