The-giver-posters-jeff-bridgesWith a description of ‘In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice…’ I wasn’t really too sure what to expect from this movie. Added to this the fact that it is filmed in black & white you do start to think that it is definitely going to be a strange one.

Keep watching and you start to see how the population is controlled and monitored but it really does seem like they have a perfect way of life. The lead characters seem very happy and have fun together as they look forward to their graduation day. This is when things change for Jonas when he is assigned his chosen career by the Elders and he is allowed to do things differently than what he, and the rest of the community, are used to.


He is assigned to be the new Keeper and under the tutorage of The Giver (Jeff Bridges) learns the memories of what it was like before The Ruin. He sees what it was like and feels all of the emotions that have been suppressed for so long.

It is hard to review this movie without giving away the story but you need to watch it to see how Jonas and The Giver interact and what happens when he learns the secrets of the community. You will probably shed a tear or two, I know I did.

Is it one to add your collection? I am not sure but it is definitely easy to rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

September 19th 2014

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3 Thoughts on “Paul’s review of The Giver w/trailer

  1. Steven F on July 3, 2016 at 10:04 am said:

    Yeah, I have seen bits and pieces of this movie, so I will put it on my Watch List. Usually when a movie is done in black and white it a) denotes boredom or conformity within the society depicted, and b) it eventually turns into color when a major change occurs. Think of “The Wizard of Oz”. While Dorothy is in Kansas, it was in b/w. When she lands in Oz, the film changed to color. There are some other movies that have used this technique, but I’ve forgotten the titles.

    This was a very good review and I definitely know how hard it is to review a film without giving too much away. Just ask Remmy. 😉

  2. Remmy2013 on July 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm said:

    Good review Paul. I want the movie but unless you want it too we will pass on it. Yes it is worth at LEAST 4 stars, maybe more!

  3. Steven F on July 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm said:

    I found this to be a very good movie. The acting was very well done and the scenes of when Joshua sees emotions from the past were excellent. The story line was fairly believable and it makes you question whether the hippy ethos of “peace, love, and understanding” would really be worth having at the loss of other things.

    I am inclined to rate this film a little higher than Paul and Remmy by giving it a 4.5 stars out of 5. It is worth having in your collection if you are a sci-fi fan. It is a more hopeful film than say, Maze Runner or The Hunger Games.

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