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.
-Summary from IMDB
There has been a lot of talk about this movie, good and bad, and I will admit I was one of the skeptics. Every time I would watch the trailer I would get a sense of dread. The Giver was my first dystopian book, I loved it, and like most readers I was looking for a good adaptation and I felt like I could barely recognize the book in the trailer. That being said I knew I would go see it, but I was content to wait until it came into the cheap theater, that was until my friend suggested we go see it the other day and I agreed. To say I was shocked was an understatement.
Now, I haven’t read the book in a few years but I’d say that The Giver turned out to be an amazing adaptation of the beloved book by Lois Lowry. The way they dealt with the black & white world with the integration of color was brilliantly done. Although the characters were older everything still felt like it worked, it wasn’t too big of a difference just with a little bit of romance thrown in.
There were a few changes to the story but I felt like they worked and we get to see more of the world outside of Jonas’s view kind of like what they did with the Hunger Games. We saw what they leaders were thinking and how they react to Jonas’s actions.
As a fan of the book, I enjoyed this movie immensely and would suggest that all fans give it a try no matter what they think of the trailer. Because this was one amazing book adaptation.