Saturday, August 16, 2014

What the movie "The Giver" can give to viewers

Tonight was opening night for the new movie, The Giver. Based upon the 1994 Newbery Medel winning novel by Lois Lowry, the movie tells a story of a world where "sameness" is held in the highest regard, everything is peaceful and calm and only the government can make any decisions. The lives of the members of the "Community" are controlled from birth through death and in its desire for "peace, , contentment and no pain," the community has given up freedom. We follow the life on one young man who confronts this reality and watch how he deals with it.

Do not expect the critics to like this film.

The pro-life themes are quite apparent and will slap the secular mindsets, some of whom would actually prefer this kind of world if they could be in control.

If you have read the book, you may be surprised to see that the film takes the story line and brings it to life in some very unique ways. However to explain them now would rob the viewer of the thrill of having it revealed. So I will avoid saying anything about the story other than to say the leads - Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep provide excellent performances. The rest of the cast does a very fine job of inviting the viewer consider what this kind of world means.

The movie asks the viewer to think - these days that is a bit of a novelty - and to consider what kind of world one would have that robs every person of their unique individuality.

Much to think about.

Go see the film  and then tell me what you think.


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