The Giver

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     “The Giver,” written by Lois Lowry over 20 years ago has finally been made into a movie.

     “The Giver,” written by Lois Lowry over 20 years ago has finally been made into a movie. Starring Brenton Thwaites as Jonas and Jeff Bridges as The Giver with Meryl Streep, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift, and Katie Holmes, this is an extraordinary film.

 

     Even without reading the book first, the movie is very easy to understand. The whole concept of the society and plot was explained well. It follows the book pretty closely; only a few changes were made. Whether or not you have read the book, this is a movie worth seeing.

 

     Jonas’s story is one you will never forget. In his society, people live by the concept of Sameness. Everybody lives in an identical dwelling, with the same family structure. They have no emotions and senses like sight, are dull. Jonas is chosen to become the Receiver of Memory and during his training, Jonas receives memories of the time before Sameness. Having never seen colors or felt emotion, Jonas is able to truly appreciate everything he learns about the world, from things as simple as the color red to the complexity of love.

 

     He begins to see the world as it really is but when Jonas realizes that only he and the Giver have any knowledge of this beauty, he is anxious to share it with his family and friends. When he discovers there might be a way to give the memories to everyone and save lives, he knows he has to try. But is he strong enough to get there?

 

     The movie is a little over an hour and a half and is very emotional. You will feel what Jonas is feeling throughout the movie, and will be entertained the entire time. This is definitely a movie for mature audiences. The violent scenes are over quickly. Younger kids might not understand the plot, so I recommend this for kids 12 and up.