I feel like I need a second viewing to have a solid opinion on this one. But as far as book to movie translations go, I’d say I’d seen worse. I’ve waited nearly ten years to see The Giver as a movie, so I was going to see it regardless if it sucked or not. It wasn’t until I actually saw the movie did I realize that The Giver was more suited as a stage play, the second half of the book was pretty much Jonas and the Giver in his dwellings talking.
Jeff Bennett as the Giver was just pure gold. It was pretty much his voice I pictured when I read it for the first time in eighth grade. Brenton Thwaites I felt did pretty good with just his facial expressions alone. Just seeing the memories, being in awe of them, overwhelmed and horrified by them, as well as his interactions with Gabe. And I did like Meyrl Streep as the Chief Elder, though, there was this one point in the movie where it seemed like they were building up to this reveal that she was the Giver’s spouse, but no. Now, Taylor Swift as Rosemary… what do you want me to say? There was hardly enough Rosemary to make her a character in her own right in the book. Though I did picture her as a redhead for some reason.
I feel like most of the movie’s budget went into the memories. There were two instances where the effects looked really bad and really goofy. And… yeah, I’m going to say it, there’s a romantic subplot between Jonas and his friend Fiona. And yeah, I do question how necessary it was. The actor’s weren’t bad, I’m not going to say that, I just don’t think it was necessary. Especially since, while I haven’t read them, I know that Jonas marries another girl in one of the sequels.
Yeah, maybe that choice was to cash in on the dystopian romances coming out… buuuut I feel we wouldn’t have gotten this movie now if it wasn’t for the trend.
Speaking of the trend there was one of the teasers for Mockingjay. The one with President Snow making a broadcast with Peeta and Joana, but it’s then hijacked by District 13. Then there was a trailer for Gone Girl, which I would only see on DVD solely because of Neil Patrick Harris. Come on anything he touches turns to gold regardless if it’s a good movie or not. And then there was the trailer for The Maze Runner… I still need to read the book… And while I didn’t see the trailer, there was a movie poster of it; but was Dolphin Tail popular enough to warrant a sequel?! And there was a movie poser for Fifty Shades… stoptheworldiwannagetoff!stoptheworldiwannagetoff!stoptheworldiwannagetoff! There was one for The Hobbit… I really should have waited to finish the trilogy before I started watching Sherlock… And one for Night at the Museum 3...