Review: Movie adaptation of ‘The Giver’ provides resolution book didn’t

Review:  Movie adaptation of ‘The Giver’ provides resolution book didn’t

Allegra H.

Many of you may remember reading Lois Lowry’s novel “The Giver,” and if you haven’t yet, don’t worry because junior English is coming for you. Regardless of whether you’ve read it, the movie in and of itself is a new spectacle to both past and future readers.

“The Giver” directed by Phillip Noyce, takes place in an alleged utopian society where differences, choices, and pain don’t exist. The sixteen-year-old main character, Jonas, is about to be assigned his position in the community where he will serve for the remainder of his life. After Jonas is selected to be thecommunity’s Receiver of Memory, his entire world changes as he learns there is more to life than perfection and equality.

In essence, the movie is similar to the book in plot line, but itdirects more emphasis toward the romantic relationship between Jonas and one of his best friends, Fiona. Thankfully, the romance isn’t overdone, and I got throughthe movie without questioning if had I walked into a Nicholas Sparks’ book.

Contrasting from the novel even further, Jonas is not the central focus of this movie. The importance of certain characters shifts. One of these drastic shifts is the involvement of the Chief Elder played by Meryl Streep. (But honestly, how can Streep be in any movie without being a main character?) While in the novel Streep’s character has a minor role and is barely mentioned, in the movieshe is one of the driving forces behind the plot.

Ignoring the fact that the director and screenplay writers chose to take a different direction concerning the book, the movie is a drama with humor in all the right places that could captivate any audience member.

One fact remains for “The Giver” that causes me to thoroughly enjoy the movie despite all of its inaccuracies…it has a conclusion. For me the aged adage, “The book is better,” doesn’t necessarily apply in this case because I would rather have resolution over correct details.

Instead of leaving the viewer at a loss for a final outcome (something Lowry chose to do by abandoning her own readers and writing an ambiguous ending), the movie brings forth a satisfying conclusion that gives purpose to the movie.

After reading “The Giver” the first time, I was furious. I felt as if I had wasted my life reading that book because Lowry didn’t know how to end it. The movie gave me a sense of resolution that I was longing for in the novel.

Comparisons and exactitudes aside, “The Giver” is an absorbing drama that is worth the drive to see.