The Giver (Movie Review)

        You could cut off of my thumb and I’d still be able to count the times I’ve been in a movie theatre on one hand. The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Frozen. My parents are very…careful, so I was pretty surprised when they announced that they were going to take us to see The Giver all together as a family. My three younger siblings just read the book recently.

So… The Giver

I was actually impressed. My entire family enjoyed it. There was nothing too vulgar, unnecessarily gross, or in bad taste. For a PG13 movie, it was very clean.

Although it deviated from the plot of the book quite a bit in some ways, it stayed true to the feeling, basic plot, and moral of the book. In many ways I thought it made things clearer and more sensible. If pressed, I’d have to say I enjoyed the movie more than the book.

I was surprised by the relaxed pace. Most distopian novels are extremely gritty and intense. Somebody’s life is constantly in jeopardy and you only accomplish one impossible task to face a harder one. I enjoyed that it kept the slower more relaxed pace of the book. It did not try to throw in unnecessary explosions or intensity.

When the movie ended, everyone just kind of sat there for a few minutes, taking it all in, thinking about things, contemplating. Too me, that is the mark of a good movie. It is enjoyable to watch, clean, sure to fire up interesting supper conversations – I’d say it would have to qualify as a five star family film.

(When I say family, I mean older family. My youngest sibling is 11. It would probably be boring and perhaps too intense for anyone younger than that!)

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

3 thoughts on “The Giver (Movie Review)”

  1. I dismissed it after the trailer too. It turned out to be a lot better than I expected. I thought it was a well thought out interpretation of the book. I should mention, I haven't read the book in years so it is a bit hard to compare. But a few of my siblings read it recently and vouched for its loyalty.

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  2. I'm glad you liked it! I'd heard not so good things so far, so I was a bit worried…but I still plan to watch it when it's out on DVD. 🙂 I LOVED the book (though I read it seriously years ago). x) I've heard they did a lot of changes, but I totally get that. The book is teeny tiny! It'd be hard to make a movie just on that. (Though I am sad the characters got aged up, but I still do kind of understand why.)
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    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

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