Genre Guesstimation – The Giver (2014)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre was chosen by James of Back to the Viewer and he chose Dystopian Films as the Genre for April.

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Dystopian movies…

giver“If you do not feel… What’s the point? What can you do?” – Jonas

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Apr 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A teenager who comes of age in a society without emotions, is given the task of learning about the society’s past from the one man whose job he will one day inherit.

My Take on it – I knew nothing about this movie before seeing it and was captivated the entire time.

As far as dystopian movies go, this one was done extremely well IMHO.

I actually found it to be reminiscent of numerous other tales and the mixture works (at least for me).

It utilizes color in a similar fashion to how Pleasantville (1998) did in order to show us how eyes are slowing being opened to unknown possibilities not thought of previously.

This is another example of a dystopian world that is not created in order to conquer, but in order to find a way to protect the populace from perceived dangers by the higher authorities like a parent would want to do for a child, not always realizing the damage that this kind of society can have on it’s citizens and on the way of life there.

I really enjoyed being in this world for 100 minutes and would be quite interested to see what happens after the movie ends.

I now have another book to add to my list… (One day!!) and hope taht it is at least as good as the movie was.

Bottom Line – Great movie set in a black and white world where emotions and feelings are suppressed but still kept by one man who uses the information to counsel the leadership. Loved the way color was slowly integrated into the movie.  I am actually very curious to see what happens after the movie ends. I wonder if the book is as good as the movie was. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jeff Bridges had been trying to have the movie made for nearly 20 years and has even filmed a version of it with his family. Speaking on the Nerdist Podcast he said: “I originally wanted to direct my father in it, as a matter of fact, somewhere in some garage, there is a version of this movie with my father (Lloyd Bridges) playing The Giver, Bud Cort narrates the whole thing, Beau’s kids, one is shooting it, one is playing Jonas. We did the whole book, so that’s around somewhere.”  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely!  This was a very captivating story set in a very intriguing world that I would love to continue to explore.

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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