Coming soon to a theater near you... is Hollywood's film adaption of Lois Lowry's The Giver. I'm on the fence about it, because I have grown to expect them to turn everything that I loved as a kid into the most vapid, worthless drivel (why, Hollywood, WHY????) that has ever graced the silver screen. It's like their aim is to alienate all of the old fans just so they can "revamp" it for the younger masses.
SIDE NOTE: The day they remake Back to the Future or The Goonies, I will officially give up on Hollywood forever. You know it's coming, guys, and when it does, I will ignore it like the paltry attempts at Star Wars prequels George Lucas threw up onto a film role back in the early 2000s (they're not real movies, and they don't exist in any capacity).Now, I do plan on seeing the movie, if not at theaters at least at my home once the BluRay is released (How much does it date me that I had to force myself to change "DVD" to "BluRay?"), but again... I'm not expecting much. in preparation for the movie, however, I bought the Kindle version and read it while biking on my light workout days to refresh my memory of the book I had once called "my favorite of all time."
I definitely didn't connect with it like I did back in elementary school (I imagine because I am no longer in elementary school), but I still acknowledge its merit. Honestly, it moved too quickly for my tastes. So much happened in a single chapter that I didn't really feel like I got to know the characters or environment. There was also such little quality interaction between the characters (just basic, polite how d'ya do's and small talk) that I still don't really know who Jonas is as a human being. We got glimpses, sure, but it wasn't anything definitive.
That being said, I'm curious to see how the movie shows the world changing as Jonas receives more color contrasted with the perception of his fellow community members. I have a feeling that it will be something a la Pleasantville, gradually releasing more and more color until all of them have been received.
Things to Be Excited About
- Short of a bad egg or two (coughtaylorswiftcough), the cast looks phenomenal. Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, and Alexander Skarsgård alone make the movie tempting. I'm excited to see what they all do with their characters, because I'm sure they'll all do a bang up job as is their modus operandi.
- It's The Giver. I mean, come on. Who didn't read this book when they were a kid? It's the actually well-written Twilight of our generation that teaches kids about valuable ideas like power and freedom of choice and the dangers of sameness as opposed to whether or not we should go catatonic / self-destruct when our stalker boyfriend leaves us.
- As stated before, this movie is at incredibly high risk of contracting the terminal Hollywood Remake Disease. It may be awesome, but it could be truly awful. Right now, we're looking at a 50/50 chance.
- In the trailer (below), color seems to be pretty much visible throughout. Are they even acknowledging the colorless bit? It's such an integral part of the book; how could they leave it out? I'm choosing to believe that they just tried to make the trailer more appealing by releasing it in full color... I'm afraid, however, that I am going to be disappointed and that they're simply going to gloss over that topic as unimportant. Thankfully, the official movie posters give me a bit of hope.
- I have an irrational dislike of Taylor Swift. I'm sure she's a very sweet girl, but I don't want her within 10 feet of my beloved Giver. Not only that, but she's going to attract all of the preteen and teenage girls who eat up her bubblegum farts like they're comprised of Justin Bieber tears. It'll ruin the whole movie-going experience, and that's why I'll probably wait until I can watch it in the comfort of my own home. Little girls are fine by themselves, but en masse they are Satan's minions.
What do you think? Will you see it? Do you like the idea of Hollywood remakes? Why or why not?
The Giver premieres on August 15th, and I've included the trailer below for your viewing pleasure.