On Monday, August 11th at 7:00 p.m. fans of the young adult classic "The Giver" will have an opportunity to see the red carpet premiere of its film adaptation. The red carpet showing will feature interviews with the author Lois Lowry and the cast Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Brenton Thwaites, and Taylor Swift. The event is sponsored by Fathom Events, The Weinstein Company and Walden Media and will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear exclusive interviews, see a performance by OneRepublic, and a full screening of the film. The film won't be screened locally, but fans can travel to Birmingham to see the film at either the Patton Creek 15 or the Trussville 16. Tickets can be purchased online through Fandango for $22.00.
The film's premiere will take place in New York at the Ziegfeld Theater. Those who see the film on August 11th will get a 4-day jump on everyone else and will receive a pair of sunglasses designed with the film in mind. To really be part of the experience, you can tweet questions to @iambenlyons for the cast interview.
Early glimpses of the first trailer worried some long-time fans of the book; the book's protagonists are in their tweens while the protagonists in the film seem to be in their early 20s. Apparently a hovercraft appears in the film that isn't in the book either. Check out reviews from Entertainment Weekly and The Wire as well as this review by Young Adult Fiction Examiner, Sara Gundell to hear some of the criticisms circling about the adaptation. The biggest complaint may have to do with the fact that based on that first trailer that the film might be in color while the one of the book's major elements is the black and white nature of the world for much of the book; the second trailer took those concerns to heart. You can see the second trailer at the top of this article. For many, "The Giver," the novel, was the YA dystopic novel, the first of its kind. It will be interesting to see if this beloved 20-year-old book's adaptation can hold up against its modern counterparts like the Divergent series and the Hunger Games series.