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The Giver (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: The Giver
Year: 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-fi
Directed By: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep
About: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvp6FnYWRZU

My Review:
Letting my mother choose the film for us to watch she decided to choose the movie The Giver which is something I had not seen before.

The movie is about a boy called Jonas who is given the job of being the keeper of memories and discovers about a world with emotions and what is outside of his community which he had never experienced before.

I like that this film was in black and white to show the emotionless ways of the community and how they had to get rid of their emotions and they didn't know about the past. However, when Jonas starts to learn more about emotions, music and the memories of the past colour started to be introduced and show how the world was getting brighter for Jonas. As he was also trying to show other people a little bit of the world it was nice to see how scared the other people were of the unknown however that they liked what they were being shown and how love and joy started to become a part of life for him and his friends. As he notices a baby he loves is to be killed he decides to try and set the memories free so that the whole community would be able to understand the world in which he was being shown and to try and stop the death of babies and the old as the people did not know what they were doing. Showing memories such as weddings and sledding made me smile where as some of the memories such as the war and the hunting of the elephant made me sad to see however it shows that people need to pay attention to the past in order to help change the future for the better. I thought that the acting in this was also really well done and the directing was really good for this movie to show the emotions which were needed to make this film.

The only thing in which I didn't like about this movie was it didn't really explain how the memories were shared between the giver and the receiver and how the baby Gabe managed to see some memories off of Jonas. I do wish that this was shown more so that the audience could understand how that worked. Otherwise however I could not fault this movie as I completely fell in love with it and it's a film I am glad I watched.

I would highly recommend watching this if you are a fan of movies like Equilibrium and movies where people are not able to have emotions in the world. I would also recommend this movie to teenagers and adults who like discovery movies. Also if you like romance movies this would be perfect for you as it shows how love is shown from not being able to feel and understand it to it happening between Jonas and his friend.

My Rating: 5/5 

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