THE PLOT THUS FAR
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.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Giver” is a film that now feel a bit derivative, even though it was way ahead of its time upon publication. Lois Lowry wanted to introduce Young Adults to a world where society ordered conformity has created a bastardized reality that created a fascist state. All adults are complicit in the chaos due to the fact that they agree to keep passing on the lies as tradition. But, this film isn’t about that. It’s about a young man beating the odds to save the Lorax. Oh wait, this one is about uprooting a corrupt society. So, he’s going to run a maze. No, well…he’s going to piss off Meryl Streep.
Adapting classic Young Adult works doesn’t always set it apart from its modern contemporaries. While the texts might remain childhood favorites that played a role in shaping you as a person. Film is a different medium that requires compromises to make something artistic yet commercial enough for people that just don’t read. The end result will entertain the broad demographic, but it’ll leave the literate sections of society feeling like their treasured loves have been perverted for a buck. That or it dies on the vine in an attempt to appease everyone. Maybe, the world would be better if everything was in black & white.
The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD copy, Digital HD copy, extended scene, press conference, an original script reading featuring Lloyd Bridges and a study guide as the special features. The A/V Quality is astounding for a movie that didn’t set the world on fire. The 1080p transfer is rather strong whether it’s in color or black & white. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track also kicks it up a notch. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 11/25/2014