I’ve always seemed to luck out in school when it came to required reading growing up. I almost always enjoyed the books that were on the curriculum – I know I’m not alone in this, but we are definitely a rare breed.
One book that has always stuck with me (other than S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders) is Lois Lowry’s The Giver. I read that book when I was between 11 and 13 and there was something so special and beautiful about that novel that me, as well as pretty much everyone else in my class, fell in love.
Fast-forward 10 years and one of my favourite childhood books is becoming a movie.
As said on the official IMDb page, The Giver is about “a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, [where] a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.”
On March 19, the trailer for the highly anticipated adaptation was released to the public giving us our first look at the dystopian world. Check it out below:
Loaded with ‘class a’ actors The Giver sees Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, and Alexander Skarsgard on screen along with the relatively newcomer Brenton Thwaites as the main character Jonas.
We never want to watch a trailer for a beloved book and feel extremely disappointed, unfortunately that is what happened to me when the trailer was released.
It’s just not right; it’s not even nitpicking things, some of the things in the trailer are just completely off from the book.
Firstly, the trailer is in colour.
Now you may think this is an odd thing, but the book calls for a colourless society. Jonas is supposed to see bursts of colour in scenes and objects as he breaks from the society, however what was seen in the trailer could definitely not be described as ‘colourless.’
I really think this was the perfect opportunity to do something different. The impact the audience would feel every time Jonas would get a flash of colour in a predominantly black and white film would have made them that much more powerful. It’s rather upsetting that this detail seems to have been sidestepped.
Secondly, and probably most importantly, Jonas is supposed to be 11-12. Thwaites is most definitely not in that age range.
The Giver is about Jonas growing up, going through puberty, maturing; on top of a sci-fi, it’s a coming of age story. How, may I ask, is an actor who was born in 1989 going to play a 12 year old? Can someone please explain this one to me?
I could rant forever, but I think this little list from Hollywood.com sums up the rest of my feelings on this trailer in a list of 10.
Much like the infamous mantra “don’t judge a book by its cover” we probably shouldn’t judge this movie by the trailer, so we will just have to see what happens when the actual film is released on August 15.
What did you think of the trailer? Did you like it or were you just as enraged as I was? Let us know!
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