Do you remember going to see Harry Potter: The Sorcerer's Stone in theaters for the first time? Remember how filled with glee you were when you finally got to see Hogwarts, exactly as you had imagined it? The thrill of seeing your imaginary world come to life is like no other. And The Giver did not give me that amazing thrill.
If you are like me, you probably read The Giver as a class assignment at some point between middle school and high school. If you haven't read it, I can't even imagine what you think of the movie. What I can say is that I have read this book several times and the three that followed. I absolutely love it and was beyond excited to hear that it was going to be adapted into a movie. Apart from being a big fan, I was happy that there would be a teen adult movie out there that exceeds the triviality of teenage triangle romances and the need for ultra cool futuristic outfit and gadgets. The Giver's plot and fundamental idea is much deeper and wholesome that what has recently come out and I couldn't wait for it to come to life. However, when you mold and shape something to fit into the Young Adult genre so well known and established (Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent), you end up losing the meaning of this book and in turn, it's just another futuristic teen movie with a pretty girl and too many famous actors that didn't need to be there.
Watch the video above to hear my full review about the movie. I tried very hard not to point out each and every bit that was different from the book. Instead, I reviewed it as a movie and as a potentially good story that was ruined with over exposure of plot and familiar genre formulas.
How do you feel about Young Adult books/movies?
Maria Garcia is the host of Youtube channel Cine Club, featuring movie reviews and all movie related topics. She also loves ice cream. Pistachio preferably.