Not Just Another Dystopian Story

Julie Woods

Despite my dislike for the book, I thought the movie adaptation of The Giver was enjoyable and was excellently portrayed by the actors.

This movie, based on the novel by Lois Lowry, focuses on a boy named Jonas who is at the age when he will be assigned a job within his dystopian community.

In this futuristic world, there is no violence or war, since everyone is considered equal due to the restrictions placed on society.

Every day, all people must take a medication so they cannot see colors or have certain emotions. This intake of medication makes everyone have similar qualities, except for Jonas because he decides not to take it anymore.

He possesses characteristics that no one else in the community has, and this leads him to be assigned the dangerous role of Receiver of Memories. This job is like no other in Jonas’s world because it gives information of everything that occurred before the creation of the society he lives in.

Jonas must try to understand the good and bad aspects of the world throughout the insight given to him by his adviser—the current Receiver of Memories, otherwise known as the Giver of Memories.

The Giver stars Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, who was recently in Maleficent as Prince Philip. Alongside Thwaites is Jeff Bridges as the Giver.

Taylor Swift also makes an appearance as one of the past Receivers of Memories halfway through the film and was surprisingly perfect for the role. Since she is mainly known for her music, I was pleasantly surprised to see her acting skills in this movie. Although her role is brief, she portrayed the character very well.

Thwaites and Bridges give emotional performances as their friendship develops and as they discuss different aspects of the world together, whether through joyful or tragic memories.

An interesting feature of the film is the way the dystopian world is viewed by the audience; it is as if we are looking at the world through Jonas’s eyes.

There is no color for the beginning of the movie, but when Jonas starts becoming aware of colors during his time receiving memories, color is slowly added to the film.

Although the popular theme of dystopian worlds with a splash of rebellion is seen recently in movies like Divergent and Hunger Games, The Giver provides a different story that combines not only the ultramodern world the characters live in but also the world we currently live in.

Overall, The Giver is an excellent film adaptation, and I highly recommend it to those who have not yet seen the film.