THE GIVER is based of Lois Lowry’s young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 millions copies worldwide.The story centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal world. At the end of his childhood he is chosen to be the “receiver of memories” and is to become the sole keeper of all the communities memories which he is to receive from the Giver (Jeff Bridges), Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. Jonas finally decides that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before.
The message that I walked away with after seeing The Giver left me feeling renewed and ready for a change. It is easy to become so busy with school, work, church and family that we forget to just delight in what is around us and enjoy it. The Giver will inspire anyone that views the movie to look at the world with new eyes.
I truly enjoyed every second of the film. It’s one of this year’s top family movies for me. To be awestruck in your theater seating because the movie just captures your mind, heart and soul, not every movie can come close to claiming such a feat. I really encourage everyone, young, old, male or female to witness The Giver.
The story itself can carry the movie but what really takes the film to another level is the superb acting. Jeff Bridges (The Giver) & Brenton Thwaites (The Receiver) have fantastic chemistry together, they were meant to play their roles. The visual aspects of the film are beautiful, the way they went from the bland muted society in the present to slowly seeing the way the world was before as Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) receives his memories from The Reviewer was perfect. Honestly I didn’t see anything I can point my fingers at that I didn’t like, enjoy or agree with.
If you have read many of my reviews you know you don’t hear that from me very often!