Review of The Giver
I always find myself deeply enjoying movies with a plot set in the dystopian future. Among them, the giver is the one that stands out the most to me. Unlike many other dystopian movies that were often based on the forbidden relationship between the main protagonists and the cruelty of the community they live in, The Giver focused on subjects like family, life, and death. The movie successfully told the story in a subtle tone. Subtle, yet with such intensity, that is why it intrigues me so much.
One of the topics from The Giver that makes me ponder is how the community placed “sameness” above everything else. In the movie, everyone living in Jonas’s community was the same. There was no color, no gender, no sense of family or anything that we use to classify someone nowadays. In our world, those are the things that leads to dispute, ranging from discomforting comments to catastrophic wars. I can’t help but wonder, can people stop fighting only when everyone is the same? Just how much originality should each of us keep before it destroys concordance?
I also find Jonas’s notable change throughout the movie very interesting. He started by showing obedience to the rules of the community, then he started to have doubts after he started receiving the memories. I feel like that was the process of him learning to become “human”. Without emotion, people in the community were like machines working to make the community operate, as they were told what to do without really understanding why they had to do it. This means that if they got those concepts like love and hate like Jonas did, they would become human again. It leads me to the thought that we are human because we know how to love and what we want. Once that’s erased, human are no better than machines.
In my point of view, the best thing about this movie is how aesthetically satisfying it is. Each scene is beautifully done. I’ve read the original book by Lois Lowry. It is an astounding book, but the movie adaption makes it come to life. It also has the same serene atmosphere as the book did, which added to its depth. And there’s one thing that left me very impressed. The movie starts in black and white, and the audience sees color as Jonas slowly learns about them. It was an brilliant usage of filter since it was rarely seen in any other film when color can be used as a way of storytelling like this.
Overall, The Giver is a movie that triggers me to think about life. As the human race keeps on evolving, The Giver might be an excellent forecast of the future. Whether it is the future we want or not is the issue that we need to start thinking about from now on.