“The Giver”, a film

What a surprise!   A second enjoyable film in one weekend. “The Giver.”  It is a haunting tale of Jonas who lives in a colorless world of conformity and contentment  decreed by a repressive society.  He spends time with the Giver who is the sole keeper of all this community’s memories. Jonas starts to understand that there is a different history and a rather dark past of his community. Now there is no pain, war, or hatred but neither is there happiness, love, feelings, or hope.

Jonas begins a journey to free himself and his loved ones from this sterile, bland existence.  He is discovering how evil functions in the real world!

“The Giver” is a young adult book written by Lois Lowry. Jeff Bridges is excellent as “The Giver” as is Meryl Streep as the chief elder.

Streep debates Jonas trying to discourage his mission by saying:

“Whenever humans have a choice, they choose poorly!”  That maybe true, but we have the ability to choose and learn from our mistakes and often correct them.

Have any of you seen this film?  Your impressions?  Have you read the world wide best seller? 

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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19 Responses to “The Giver”, a film

  1. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Haven’t seen it yet. Add another one to my list … Looking forward to it.?

  2. YellowCable says:

    Looks very interesting! I think I like it.

  3. Jewels says:

    Sounds interesting!

    • annetbell says:

      It was great. I hadn’t remembered the book and when husband who loves science fiction suggested it. . . I was whiny. . . . I don’t usually like SF, but I really loved it because it was about relationships and personal growth. . . . not a single explosion or car chase or monster thing!

  4. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    This movie better be as good as the book! 😛

    • annetbell says:

      You are the critic because I have to admit that I didn’t read it. . . . 😎

      • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

        The Giver is not a book I would have chosen but as a parent I wanted to keep up on what my daughters were reading. The Giver was very thought provoking so I moved past any angst over some parts in favor of some of the messages and possible discussions we may have had. The Giver was a winner.

      • annetbell says:

        Jackie, what a good mama you are reading and discussing this with your daughter! Blessings!

      • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

        Thank you, at least The Giver was a step up from The Babysitters Club books. 🙂

      • annetbell says:

        Well, the teachers in primary grades were just glad the kids were reading even the B S Club !! 😎

      • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

        No kidding… I read Lord of the Flies, The Cay and tons of other books. Seriously, you can find out a LOT about your child’s values and thoughts when you listen to their music and read their books. The only thing I protested was music that glorified suicide.

        My kids watched very little TV and I watched a lot but I rarely watched garbage, and almost never any half-hour sitcoms. I think that helped with the kids. We have bookcases in every room… the living room has an entire wall of books.

      • annetbell says:

        My daughter was in a book club with her daughter and other daughters and mamas. Great way to have a nonthreatening conversation on hard topics!

      • annetbell says:

        LOL. , I taught 2 Nd and 3rd grades and we were glad they were reading. , even Baby sitter’s Club !

      • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

        I liked to let the kids connect their books with real life if possible. For The Cay I bought real coconut and let them try it fresh. My one English-Major daughter is getting married in October and her major concern is moving all her books to anther state. Her room is a book hoarder’s heaven. She’s packing her precious books four to a box. 😛 I tell her that I hope her husband-to-be is aware of how many books she has. This is going to be an interesting few months.

        Reading is THE #1 skill needed in life no matter what their career choice.

      • annetbell says:

        Absolutely true! Are you a teacher? Home school Mama?

      • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

        All parents are teachers; we each teach different things. Our family tends to read all the time. My husband brought books on dates; I carried my own books into the marriage. Real treats for my girls was a trip to the book store or the craft store.

        With TV shows I avoided things that taught disrespect, poking fun at others, being mean spirited and so on. If there was sex in a film that was okay as long as they were in a long-term, loving and respectful relationship. You get it… 😉

      • annetbell says:

        You sound like a wonderful parent. Should be giving classes! Your children were blessed to have you !

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