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The Giver Movie Trailer Rant

So the world finally gets a movie trailer for The Giver and my reaction to it is:

WHAT!

THE!

FUCK!

Seriously, this movie looks like it’ll be a spectacular failure. What in this trailer  makes me think that?

  1. It’s in color. I understand that keeping it in color was a design choice to appeal to the masses, but the whole point of everyone seeing in black and white was for the sameness motif.
  2. The injections. In the book the  emotion killing drugs were pills. Why did the film makers decide of injections? Was it to make the idea “edgy”? Wouldn’t be easier and cheaper to just buy a bunch of candies and call them pills?
  3. Rosemary. In the book we only see Rosemary once. In the movie it looks like we’ll see her multiple times. Oh, and she’s the Giver’s daughter. Doing that is unnecessary.
  4. What are they wearing? If everyone is supposed to be the same, why is everyone wearing unique clothes? In the book everyone wears the same grey tunic. That makes more sense than to have everyone wear different clothes.
  5. The all knowing elder. I thought the Giver was the only person who knows what’s going on. Why does the elder know about mind control and sameness WHEN SHE NEVER HAD THOSE MEMORIES?
  6. Hunger Games Syndrome. This movie looks way too much like The Hunger Games. Just because it’s the big thing now doesn’t mean you have to copy it. The Giver could be a success if it looks like its own thing. Why copy someone else? Oh, right. Money.
  7. Aliens? What’s with that alien looking spacecraft? I understand it’s supposed to be the future, but the book didn’t have those. They were F16s. Wouldn’t be easier and cheaper to have F16s instead of CGI spacecraft?
  8. Who’s Jonas? The  trailer makes it look like Jonas is a secondary character. Why would they do that when he the MAIN CHARACTER AND IN THE BOOK WE SEE IT FROM HIS POINT OF VIEW?

Of course, this movie can be good and trailers have lied in the past. I will see this movie and post a review one it’s released. If it’s good, expect a written review. If it sucks expect a rant video.

 

 

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The Giver Review

Pop quiz: What’s one book every American school kid reads that’s not Shakespeare or written in the 19th century? If you said Of Mice and Men, well, you’re right. I was, however, thinking of The Giver by Lois Lowry. Don’t judge me.

 You remember reading this sometime in your school years, right? If you don’t, you had a terrible school. If you did, isn’t it awesome? No? Well, as the saying goes, everybody’s a critic.

 I’m brining this book up now because there’s a movie in the works set to release on August 15, 2014. So let’s dive into this book.

 The Giver is about Jonas, a typical eleven year (as in, he’s eleven years old) in his community. He goes to lessens, helps out at the house of the elderly and is waiting to become a twelve in order to get his job title. He is told he will become the next Keeper of Memories. What that entails is he’ll be with the current Keeper, who he tells Jonas to call him the Giver and thus Jonas the Receiver, and receive memories that no one else in the community has.

 This book starts out as a utopian novel given that everything seems perfect. Everyone has their own house, everyone is given a job and money is not an issue. Instead, this world is really dystopian. You see, this society was founded on the idea of sameness. Do what’s right for the community, all children are born from birth mothers, no sex, no war, no personal possessions and everyone wears the same clothes. Get out of line and you’re “released.”

 Released means to get executed. Thing is, this is done in a very private room where only certain people perform the killing. This society has no notion of death, so being released to these people means they leave the community.

 There is also a sense of thought police here though not as extreme and scary as in 1984. The difference here is that everyone here accepts these rules because this is what they’re used to. There is nothing else out there. This is normal and what life is.

 Another thing this book has is that everyone sees in black and white. So when Jonas sees the apple he and his friend Asher are throwing turn red it amazes him. He has ever seen red until that instant. The black and white is also part of the sameness this society created. Why make people see in black and white? Simple: Black and white is neutral. Look at all other colors. They all have different meanings and convey different emotions. Black and white conveys nothing. No emotions + no opinions = easy to control.

 I will admit that this book is essentially a PG rated version of 1984. That doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s rather excellent. The writing is superb, the characters are well thought out, the plot execution is grand and it’s one of those books that have so many layers you find something new each time you read it. If you haven’t given this book a chance, do it now before the movie comes out. Let’s hope they don’t screw this movie up, especially since they are headlining Meryl Streep even though 1. She’s not the main character and 2. Her character only appears in one scene.

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