THE GIVER – Blu-ray Review
The Giver is one of the most well received books and, dare I say, a classic. You may have read it growing up or this may be your first time hearing about it. Now this it’s become a movie, did it keep it’s charm or was it lost from the page to the screen?
The story of The Giver centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, 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 higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before.
I read The Giver exactly a week after the movie hit theaters. It’d been on my to be read list for so long, so I finally bit the bullet and wasn’t disappointed one bit! The book is fantastic and a very easy read, so I was super excited to see if the movie would be any good. I kept hearing 50/50. Some people thought it was horrible, while some loved it. I would have to be in that middle line between the both. While I thought it kept true to the book to some aspects very nicely, like keeping the black and white, I did feel like some of the changes felt a bit odd. For instance, one change would be that they had to tell this story a bit faster? A bit weird, yes. Some scenes felt super rushed in my opinion, and I didn’t get the full effect I did when reading the book. I know some things need to be cut, but sped up? It just felt off. Yes, there are some parts that I felt weren’t portrayed as well in the movie, but the parts that went at a pretty nice pace and stayed true to the book were amazing! I was so happy to see some of my favorite scenes come to life. Character wise, I didn’t mind the cast a bit. Probably because I hadn’t pictured the characters in my head that much while reading. It’s really up to the viewer and how they’ve pictured the characters in their head. (The acting from pretty great, so no complaints there.)
All in all, while The Giver wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t mind blowing either. I thought it was good, but not great. I do hope they make a better sequel given the ending and all that. I’d recommend it to fans of the book, but please don’t think it’ll be some grand adaptation like The Hunger Games. But if you did like the movie adaptation, then I’d highly recommend getting it on Blu-ray. It looked amazing. Especially the black and white scenes.
Run time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.39:1
Blu-ray™ Audio: 5.1 DTSHD-MA
DVD Audio: Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
THE GIVER is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 97 minutes. DVD and Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack special features include: Jeff Bridges Presents The Original Script Reading Featuring Lloyd Bridges, Making The Giver: From Page to Screen, ‘Ordinary Human’ featurette with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Author Lois Lowry on The Giver, and Bonus: Study Guide. Additionally, the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack includes an exclusive bonus feature of “Press Conference With Filmmakers & Cast.”