THE GIVER Ditches the Black and White
The Giver was probably the only book I truly appreciated in high school, with To Kill a Mockingbird and The Time Machine tied at a close second. For as short as the book is, it never occurred to me that they’d actually make a movie. I wished for it, and dreaded it. I’m sure a lot of other fans feel the same way. Since word broke that The Giver was to be made into a movie (for realsies), and that Jeff Bridges is attached, I started to look forward to it.
In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.
One thing that will likely irk the community of literary loyalists is that the environment is not black and white. That element of seems to be left out of the movie entirely. Originally removing color is just another tactic to suppress the citizens’ emotions and free thought, etc. It’s understandable to leave that element out. The wonder of seeing color for the first time is hard to convey on-screen. It’s something that can only be described in prose. Truly the only time transitioning from monotone visuals to a technicolor one actually worked was in 1939 for the Wizard of Oz. This could actually be a good thing. Without Jonas’ discovery of color, that leaves room to expand on the sinister bases of his utopia even more.
The movie also stars Brenton Thwaites (as Jonas), Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgård, and Taylor Swift. And let’s just take a moment and revel in Meryl Streep’s understated totalitarian look: