At last, we have been given “The Giver.”
Today marks the release of the long-in-the-works film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award-winning YA sci-fi classic. “The Giver” stars Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, the young man who discovers the dark secrets of his placid society, Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgård as his mother and father -- literally credited as “Mother” and “Father” -- as well as Oscar-winners Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, the latter of whom was instrumental in film’s development.
It’s a great cast, and the film’s director Phillip Noyce is no slouch either, having directed the Harrison Ford "Jack Ryan" movies (aka the good ones), as well as powerful dramas like “Rabbit-Proof Fence” and “The Quiet American.”
With all of the talent involved, fans of the book have high hopes and Jane Horwitz, The Washington Post’s Family Filmgoer, says they won’t be disappointed.
“‘The Giver’ ought to fulfill the expectations of many teens who loved Lois Lowry’s 1993 young-adult novel,” Horwitz writes. “Those who haven’t read the book ought to be transported by the sheer strangeness of the impressively visualized tale.”
To mark the film’s release, here’s a roundup of some of the other online buzz about the film:
Early Twitter reports from fans are encouraging. Like, “Best Movie Ever” encouraging:
Watched the first showing of The Giver yesterday night. Hands down BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!! @thegivermovie
— Evette Srouji (@evette2001) August 15, 2014
Vulture has some really cool, very artistic behind-the-scenes photographs snapped by Jeff Bridges himself...Lois Lowry tells Here & Now that despite it’s many adaptation changes, the film stays true to the spirit of her book...Lowry also praised the performances of the cast and spoke with E! News about her initial concerns regarding the film’s romantic subplot...Alyssa Milano is a fan, just like the rest of us:
Super excited to see #TheGiver this weekend! It looks amazing.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 14, 2014
Katie Holmes stopped by CBS This Morning to talk about her experience making the film...Alexander Skarsgård talks to Time about jamming with Taylor Swift during the shoot...Slate has an interesting piece on why “The Giver” has been a frequent target on the banned books list...If you’re looking for an excellent primer and analysis of “The Giver” as a book, look no further than this “Thug Notes” recap...And finally, Stephen Colbert wants you to see the movie with someone special this weekend:
Go see The Giver with Jeff Bridges in theaters August 15th. And if he's not available, go see it alone.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) August 14, 2014
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