Friday, September 12, 2014

The Giver - Movie Review


Who's in it?


What's it about?

In a Communist world that only Kim Jong-Un dreams of, every person born except 'chosen ones' can only see in black and white due to daily medication - a bid to keep "equality". As you can imagine, Jonas is that chosen one.

Any Good?

Watching this movie for the first 20-30 minutes is awful, you're just watching a badly acted and even worse scripted mirror of The Hunger Games or Divergent; then out of nowhere the movie suddenly ramps up in quality and beauty and doesn't stop.

Even from the outset the film is pretty, the high quality black and white style making a nice departure from the usual dull 3D colours, but when the "Receiver" starts to see the colour bleeding into the world, it's absolutely incredible. Subtleties like the colour of his LI's (love interest) hair or even the red of an apple is striking, and the way it continues to slowly fill in the rest of his world makes it my favourite art style since maybe even Enter The Void

An example of the art style

The acting in the film is just bad, it's like someone cloned Plank from Ed, Edd and Eddy and gave them roles in a movie, even Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep aren't good half the time - but with a script like this even Jaysis himself would have a hard time working a miracle of consistent acting.

I don't think I've ever gone from hating something to loving it as quick as this movie. It's story is clichéd, it's script is atrocious, and yet it's incredible. The memories given to Jonas are powerful and actually moving in context, and the bleed effect of colour in only Jonas' view are astounding and well worth a watch just for that.

This movie is that absolutely beautiful woman/man you could easily find yourself falling in love with, and then they turn out to be dumber than a rock. It's stupid, unbelievable and slow-paced, but just for the art direction I love this and recommend it wholly as a visual spectacle alone. There's also one of the most shocking scenes I've ever seen with Alexander Skarsgård - oh you'll know it.


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