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!)