Austin Public Library: Saturday Afternoon Matinee:
Teenage dystopias may be all the rage these days, and The Giver
certainly fits into the trend, but it’s no Johnny-come-lately to the party. Lois Lowry’s 1993 source novel is a modern young-adult classic, celebrated as well as reviled for its vision of a colorless, post-Ruin society where contentment is achieved by means of bland conformity and daily injections of an emotion squelcher. All memory of the past has been erased, save for one soul chosen to be the Giver (Bridges). At the film's start, Jonas (Thwaites) is selected to be the new Receiver of memories, and as he receives more knowledge and stops taking his daily injection, muted colors begin to permeate the film's high-contrast black and white. Unfortunately, The Giver
gets a bit lost as it pushes toward a wobbly climax. And what to make of that sled, which is the first bit of knowledge Jonas receives. Rosebud, anyone? Read a full review of The Giver.