The Giver (2014)
Critic Consensus: Phillip Noyce directs The Giver with visual grace, but the movie doesn't dig deep enough into the classic source material's thought-provoking ideas.
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Noyce tries to thread the needle by hewing close to his source material while peppering in some grander-scale sci-fi business to keep things moving. It doesn't remotely work.
Robert B Weide of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame co-wrote the screenplay but, sadly, none of the debunking wit of that series is found in this solemn, sappy fable.
It makes for one of this overcrowded field's stronger entries, refusing to redact entirely the baby-slaying weirdness that permits Lois Lowry's source novel its multiplicity of grown-up readings ...
While Thwaites has visual appeal, he struggles to give us the layered, conflicted hero this film needs. Without it, The Giver is little more than stylish but saccharine entertainment for teens.
The allegorical framework starts to look contrived, and things feel far too rushed and glib after an involving start.
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Not my usual type of thing, but it was a free rental and I was interested to see Taylor Swift act, so... As it happens, Taylor's scene is about 2 minutes long, so I don't know why her name is on the cover. This movie is okay. It's pretty standard of a YA novel made into a movie. If you liked The Host, The Hunger games etc, this will be right up your alley. I sat through it so it was watchable, but it's not overly memorable. Acting was so so.
**. So here is another movie that sat on my Vudu for a while that I just kept pushing back. But, with some free time I was like "Hey! I should watch that". I think I saw 1 trailer for this and really had no idea what was about. Basically, the world is changed and people have no memory of the way things were. Everything is black and white, right and wrong, and as bland as possible. Then a young boy becomes a receiver of memories, so he can see what life used to be. He gets these memories from the Giver(Jeff Bridges) and things will change forever. This really is kind of like a pussy version of "Hunger Games" and "Divergent". There's little violence, and it's one of those "things changed, and someone rises up to free people" movies for young adults. The thing that separates this is Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. I'm really curious how the filmmakers got them to agree to this as they are both better than this. But, they do good and bring a certain level of credibility to it. The movie is visually pretty good. But the story lacks any real punch. Maybe this was meant as a series of films? I have no idea. But, on its own, it's just "meh" at best. Worth a watch if it's cheap, but nothing that will really be remembered or talked about.
An interesting and unique concept that makes you wonder the benefits of promoting 'Sameness' butnthis movie just stalls halfway and never regains the audience!
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