My 14 year old is a Taylor Swift freak, so she dragged me along to see The Giver at Dendy in Canberra.

I went with no expectations.

I knew nothing about the movie.

I think that’s the best way to see a new motion picture.

I detest the trailers in the cinema.

I don’t want to see all of the best bits before I see the movie.

Great cast. How can you beat Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.

And one of the other positives is that Taylor Swift is only in the movie for about 2 minutes…bless her.

The movie is directed by Australia’s Phillip Noyce.

This movie is based on a popular teen novel, which I must confess, I’d never heard of.

The Giver is a Lois Lowry story originally published in 1993. The critics loved it.

And so did Jeff Bridges who’s been trying to pull the movie version together for 20 years. I gather he originally envisaged his father in the lead role.
The Giver Trailer
The biggest single problem for the movie seems to be that it’s come after the similarly themed Hunger Games and Divergent.

So in short, we have a brave new world…a new modern society set up after some cataclysmic event. It’s prompted us to go down the path of sameness. Everybody wears the same clothes, lives in the same design house and our emotions are suppressed through memeryldication. In the world of the Giver families are assembled and when children grow into adults they are handed pre-determined jobs. It’s all very clinical.

Brenton Thwaites plays the lead role of Jonas. When he comes of age he is chosen to take over the role of reciever of memory from The Giver. So he’s chosen to learn everything about the old world so that he has the wisdom to advise the powers that be when crises emerge.

It’s all a bit out there, but very very watchable.

I’d give it 6.5 out of 10.

It engaged me without rocking my world. A bit predictable in the end.