Powerful Message in The Giver needs to be heard todayAfter seeing the movie The Giver, I wanted to shout to all the world how important this movie could be to a generation who has grown up with visual images and a certain infatuation with technology. At the same time I did not want to give away the plot line and ruin the awakening that takes place both for the character and the viewer alike. So while encouraging people to see the film, I did not reveal the story line or the symbolism rampant throughout the movie.
Well now a couple of weeks after opening, I will repeat myself in this regard. Please do yourself a big favor and go see the movie. Do not wait. And if you have nay children older than 10, bring them with you. And then discuss the movie when you leave the theater. Our children need to hear the message of this film. In fact, directing a conversation is extremely important after watching the movie. You will be surprised at what the children will reveal.
I still do not intend to give away the plot. But I will tease you all a bit and suggest that the world is supposedly free from pain, sorrow, hurt, and loss. Indeed all sadness has been removed. And there is no memory of the past, of war, or all things tragic. Everyone is the same and everyone enjoys being the same. It is the story of one young man and his selection - what that selection means - and how he confronts this supposedly perfect world.
As predicted the critics are not fond of this film or its message. This factor almost requires us to see the film over and over again.
If you want a treat, read the books. Yes books. Lois Lowry, the author, decided to finish the story that she starts in The Giver. There are three companion books which simply are amazing and profound.
Understand this - if the young audience truly understands the message of this movie, then the ranks of our pro-life movement will swell and positive change will happen. And then everyone will finally begin to see what the world was intended to be.