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Old June 5 2014, 03:19 AM   #31
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Re: THE GIVER movie being made. Jeff Bridges to star?

The second trailer is definitely the better of the two. I still have reservations, as I know The Giver is not easy to adapt properly, but I'll keep an open mind.
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Old June 5 2014, 03:41 AM   #32
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Re: THE GIVER movie being made. Jeff Bridges to star?

That looked amazing. I wonder what people who haven't read the book make of the scene with the father and the needle.

In any case, I love that it starts in b&w ... and the rest looks like a pretty sincere attempt at adapting the film. This is one I'll definitely see as soon as I can.
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Old June 5 2014, 04:15 AM   #33
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I'm really glad they kept the B & W aspect, as that's a key part to the story. That's a good sign at least.
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Old June 5 2014, 10:23 PM   #34
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How the hell have I never read this book?

Definitely gonna need to do that before I see the film.
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Old June 6 2014, 06:05 AM   #35
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Re: THE GIVER movie being made. Jeff Bridges to star?

If you go to Amazon.com, the Kindle version is $4.14 if you have one, or you can get the paperback for about $4 (includes shipping).
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Old June 6 2014, 07:20 PM   #36
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Thank you for the advice. I have never bought a book before.
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Old June 8 2014, 05:36 AM   #37
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How the hell have I never read this book?

Definitely gonna need to do that before I see the film.
Same here.
So I wonder if the black & white thing was them giving into the fan outrage, or if it was the plan all along and they just decided to show the first trailer in color for some reason?
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Old June 8 2014, 06:17 AM   #38
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I was gonna wait before changing my avatar.

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Old August 15 2014, 10:37 PM   #39
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Re: THE GIVER movie being made. Jeff Bridges to star?

The reviews are just starting to trickle in, and unfortunately a lot of them seem to be pretty negative so far. I'm not sure anymore if it's worth the ticket, because it sounds like they made more than a few quick dirty alterations to the basic story elements to make the story seem more like modern youth dystopian sagas. And that's a poor direction to take.

I'll admit, though, I did like one review's consistent use of the term "Hologram Streep."
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Old August 18 2014, 11:21 PM   #40
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Re: THE GIVER movie being made. Jeff Bridges to star?

No one's talking about the movie since it was released?!

OK...I admit, I've probably committed the cardinal sin and have never read the book. It looks like I would've been around 10 or 11 when the book was first published, and I think I vaguely seeing it at those 'book fairs' they always held in middle school but I think the old man on the cover turned me off. In other words I've never read the book and other than knowing it was a vaguely dystopian story and reading the plot on the wikipedia I had no expectations going in.

I'll be honest...I kinda really loved the movie. It had a very Pleasantville vibe to it with the awakening of emotions and memories being shown through colors. It also had shades of Divergent and Hunger Games in it in that it most definitely follows the 'teen hero saves a dystopian society from its self' trope but it felt much better done, much less boring than Divergent (much higher caliber 'adult' actors as well, Katie Holmes aside, not to put Kate Winslet down but she looked totally bored in her part in Divergent). The end felt wrong, rushed and incomplete which from what I hear is due to how far it strayed from the book plot during that part. Otherwise I'd say it was a good movie and unlike Shailene Woodley the guy who played Jonas was actually a half decent actor who made me actually care about the protagonist.

Anyone else seen it?
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Old August 19 2014, 01:45 AM   #41
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Re: THE GIVER movie being made. Jeff Bridges to star?

If you choose to read the book, which I'd recommend to you, you might change your mind about the movie. I can't judge it without actually seeing it, but everything I've read suggests it's not a well thought out adaptation. I can see that youth dystopian stories like The Hunger Games are hot right now, but that's not the sort of story that the book presents. The primary question that's presented in the book is, how much should you give up to create a "utopian" society? Jonas' community is very ideal and has accomplished many things, but it's only when he becomes the Giver's apprentice that he gets an opportunity to understand what the cost of that stability is.
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Old August 19 2014, 03:49 AM   #42
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If you choose to read the book, which I'd recommend to you, you might change your mind about the movie. I can't judge it without actually seeing it, but everything I've read suggests it's not a well thought out adaptation. I can see that youth dystopian stories like The Hunger Games are hot right now, but that's not the sort of story that the book presents. The primary question that's presented in the book is, how much should you give up to create a "utopian" society? Jonas' community is very ideal and has accomplished many things, but it's only when he becomes the Giver's apprentice that he gets an opportunity to understand what the cost of that stability is.
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The movie's melodramatic and nonsensical ending completely marred the rest of the film for me. One would hope that the book (beloved as it is) has a much more suitable ending.
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Old August 19 2014, 11:23 PM   #43
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None of that is in the book.

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Old August 20 2014, 02:04 AM   #44
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Indeed. Now I'm even less inclined to see it.

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Old August 20 2014, 03:52 AM   #45
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Just read the wiki entry for the movie. It sounds terrible.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Giver_(film)
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