Book to Screen a Give and Take
Readers! I bring you the trailer of the upcoming movie adaptation of banned classic The Giver by Lois Lowry. If nothing else, the sudden surge in popularity of dystopian novels, particularly aimed at younger audiences, has allowed this movie to exist after Jeff Bridges tried for years to make it happen. I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. I really don’t like the characters being aged up and the medication being changed to injections because it makes the creepy shit seem more palatable or more overtly dystopian sinister rather than our own society’s creepy behavior mirrored back at us.
Also, Taylor Swift? WTF? Furthermore, I don’t know why none of this is in black and white, since no one but the Giver sees color until halfway through the book, but we’ll see. I trust Jeff Bridges and Lois Lowry since they both really want this to happen, so I’ll put aside my reservations and trust them to stay loyal to the spirit of the book if not the details. Jonas’s sister looks perfect and Meryl Streep is spot on, so there’s that. Here’s hoping! And rest assured we will be reviewing this movie on the blog when it comes out. In the meantime feel free to share your thoughts, feelings, or incoherent rage in the comments. I’d love to know what y’all think.