Wednesday, March 19, 2014

movies: The Giver trailer

Are you a fan of the book The Giver?

This was one of the first novels I read as a wee, I think I hate that a young child. It was one of the first dystopian novels....a la Hunger Games, Divergent, etc...before that genre really exploded. I always loved it, so the idea of a movie adaptation made me oh-so-happy!

...and then I saw the trailer. 

So...there's new dialogue and attractive teenage characters and...color....and...alien abductions...? ...? What? On a positive note, if they are going to age Jonas by several years at least he's nice to look at. This article used the words "Aussie" and "strapping." *throws book out the window* *buys movie ticket and popcorn*

Mostly, I'm worried this will be an attempt at being like Hunger Games that isn't as good at the Hunger Games type of movie and then everyone will think it's just a lame movie that tried to be Hunger Games. Look, I like HG. I do. But I would have preferred to see The Giver as some kind of artsy indie film. One with good music and things that provoke thought. But for now we have Aussies and alien light beams, I suppose.

I guess there's always hope? Now you watch it and tell me what you think:


Helena said...

Hmmm, looks like a good movie as its own thing, but not how I would have pictured the book as a movie. I've definitely always imagined it in black and white.

karajean said...

I tried to post this comment a billion times on your Facebook but it wouldn't let me. Basically, I don't think the movie should be in black and white. In the beginning of the book, we're supposed the believe the society is "perfect." The audience doesn't realize color is missing until Jonas does, when he sees the apple. That is one of the most important scenes in the book! I assume that as the movie progresses we will begin to see things from Jonas's perspective, and that's when we'll realize what has been sacrificed to create this perfect community.

FWIL Sentimental Blog Content said...

I love dystopia- and I always have, and I always will! Is something wrong with me?

This is the first book that spoke to me!

Unknown said...

I feel like this is just too different for me to enjoy AS "The Giver". I'd have to think of it as just another movie hahaha I LOVE the book so this is kinda breaking my heart a little. I was hoping they'd at least do black and white til Jonas started to see colors. Oh well!