This movie is based on the story by Lois Lowry and it follows Jonas (Brenton Thwaites, Maleficent) who is chosen by an elderly man to learn that the world used to be filled with pain and pleasure before their world without war, pain, or suffering.
For fans of the book, you will notice that there was some changes. The biggest one being that they aged Jonas to 16 years old. There is a few reasons for this and probably did this because it helped move the story and presented a better one to watch.
The theme of the story is portrayed in a strong way. They focused on the importance of love and how love and faith give the people strength to do anything. Yes, there may be pain and war, but with that suffering there comes true happiness.
The movie was able to capture the importance of the story and adapted the film in an interesting way. The movie flowed really well and the change of adding a love interesting certainly made the story more interesting. It gave the audience something to root for as we hope that Jonas is able to return back to Fiona (Odeya Rush).
Brenton Thwaites and Jeff Bridges were certainly the best part of this movie. They worked great together on the screen and showed the importance of pain and the heartache in the world. Thwaites was able to capture that element of a curious boy who is challenging the system and wanting to know why the world works the way that it does.
Director Phillip Noyce choice of including real images to help promote the idea of happiness and suffering. It really helps pain the picture for Jonas about how the world is like today (or before his time). The idea that he works best is working the black and white into color. We don’t get to see the color until Jonas does and the imagery of introducing color into the movie is like introducing Jonas into the memories of the old world.
While the movie doesn’t have all that much action that some of the other other dystopian films do, it does do the book justice. The book doesn’t have all that much action to help give the movie that exciting element, but it’s certainly a movie that makes you think. It’s certainly not as powerful as The Hunger Games, but the story is certainly more interesting then Divergent.
The Giver stars Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexnder Skarsgard, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift, Emma Tremblay and is rated PG-13.
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