Saturday, 1 November 2014

The Giver

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. 

The Giver is directed by Philip Noyce and stars Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites and Meryl Streep. It's based on a popular book written by Lois Lowry. Firstly the trailer doesn't do any justice to the movie. It's an interesting movie with a lot portion of captivating scenes. This film kept me captivated on characters and what was going on. The first act is a little bit boring though, as every character has no emotion and no singularity. Except for Jeff Bridges' character. In fact, the scenes where young Jonas visits the giver and they learn about the past are when the film really picked up and has actually some really beautiful themes going throughout. Though those themes are very heavy headed regards to biblical messages, apples, trees and search for knowledge whether you're trying to figure out what sin is or evil. However, Brenton Thwaites is an interesting young talent and very good in this film. Jeff Bridges is also fantastic, you can really tell that he is invested heart and soul in this project. He's the only character we can imagine a past life. Those type of movie characters are very interesting as you have to try to imagine their life beyond the movie. Still Meryl Streep doesn't ad much to the movie.  

Overall The Giver has some interesting themes but it's hard to keep the attention of the audience with aggressively boring character for the most part.   

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