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The Giver (2014) Movie Review

Updated on September 28, 2014
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The Giver, movie review, lois lowry

I have read The Giver Quartet. The Giver was first read to me when I was in fifth grade, and I later on developed a desire to read the book again, and stumbled upon the whole Quartet which I definitely recommend reading!

The Movie Is Great

Whether you've read the book or not, you will appreciate the movie.

When I heard there was going to be a movie made representing the classic novel by Lois Lowry, I wondered how it would be portrayed?

A world without color. A world without pain, decision, or fear. A world without love, without mothers, fathers, and families. A world so cold, yet so satisfied because their choices were taken away and they never thought to question the authority and the world that was laid out for them to live.


The Giver played by Jeff Bridges

Cheef Elder played by Meryl Streep

Jonas played by Brenton Thwaites

Mother played by Katie Holmes

Rosemary played by Taylor Swift

The Cast

There is a great line up of actors and actresses in this film, and they all do a great job portraying their character. This film really is a must see for fans, and movie enthusiast alike.

How Does It Differ From The Book?

Well it's never really the same, is it?

Of course not, and this film differs from the novel in many different ways.

  • Jonas is more romantically involved with Fiona then he was even close to being in the novel.
  • The Giver's dwelling is not located besides the old folks home.
  • if I'm not mistaken Fiona worked at the House of the Old in the novel, and not in the Nursing Center.
  • There are many more interactions with the Chief Elder.
  • Jonas friend Asher plays a much bigger role in the movie, as well.
  • There is a lot more information about the previous receiver that had failed.

Anyways, yes it is a lot different but I think it was necessary.

The Giver is a short Novel, as well as the other books in the quartet and I think it needed a little bit of fluff to make it as captivating of a film as it is a novel.


How Is It The Same?

In a lot of ways, the important ways, The film is the same as the novel.

  • The message is still there 100 percent. Love is worth the pain.
  • The society that Jonas lives in is just as dull, gray, and structured as I imagined.
  • The Giver is a very compassionate man. Jeff Bridges does a wonderful job portraying this role.

The dramatic aspects that are added to the film do not take away from any of the main points of the book. Just as Lowry said, "It's all there".

And whether you have read the novel or not, you are sure to get swept up in the film. It is a beautiful film where I young boy who has been a well obedient child in communist utopia, finds the strength within him to make the choice to believe in love, and by doing that - enduring pain and accepting pain and sadness back into his life. It is a brave story of Jonas who is a hero in his world.

Have You Read The Quartet?

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The Giver Quartet

If you liked the novel and/or the film and you haven't read the rest of the quartet yet, then you should consider reading the rest of the series. I know you've got to be interested in what happens to Jonas and Gabe.

Lowry does an amazing jobs taking the lives of four very different individuals that are even from different communities and she ties them all in together to tell one magnificent story of survival, heroics, and the chance to stand up for what you believe in, and fight for that cause.

I highly recommend this series, and this author!

The Giver Film Review

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Please be sure to drop by and leave a comment. I'd love to know your thoughts about this captivating story. Please be sure to let me know if you've read the novel or just seen the film, or if you've read the whole quartet. Or just shout out a quick hello. I always love to hear from you!

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      Emily Lantry 2 years ago from Tennessee

      I never did watch "Pleasantville" but I think I remember what you're talking about. did it come on ABC Family, do you remember?

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Doesn't this concept remind you of "Pleasantville"?