After finishing off The Giver (the book) today I realised, with absolute indignation, how different the new Hollywood movie trailer is from it. And how I would so much more prefer if they stayed true to the book. ‘Cause the book has a lot of beauty in its simplicity. And no one needs another comparison to The Hunger Games. So I decided to list off all the things wrong with it:
- Jonas is supposed to be twelve. This is the most obvious thing about it. Can Hollywood not take a movie and put in pretty looking teenagers and call it a day?
- His eyes are supposed to be blue. If you’re going to get an actor that looks like he can barely act, at least make his eye colour right.
- The Giver’s eyes are supposed to be blue. Again, same thing.
- The houses, the bikes and the society as a whole aren’t meant to look modern.
- The film really shouldn’t have so much colour in it.
- There was never a “morning injection”.
- Jonas was never rebellious, even after getting all the memories.
- They always knew that their family unit consisted of “parents” who never gave birth to them, but they were always okay with this.
- Hence, Jonas and Asher has no reason to be stunned by this.
- Jonas never talks to Asher about rebelling against society.
- Jonas never asked to go fly a plane to the edge of the community.
- Jonas never spoke to Fiona about the morning injections (about skipping them), or anything against societal rules.
- He wasn’t even very close to Fiona.
- Therefore he definitely did not end up kissing her.
- Fiona is an important character – but nowhere near as important as the trailer suggests.
- Jonas never even had to subtly pretend that he did not take injections – his rules gave him the ability to.
- Asher does not end up a pilot.
- He definitely does not get asked by the Chief Elder to hunt down Jonas.
- The “edge of the world” is not supposed to be a thing – there’s only supposed to be a river at the end of their community and then other communities.
- The Giver does not live in a random house at the edge of the community – he stays at the annex near the house for the Old.
- Jonas is supposed to be lying face down when he receives the memories.
- The Giver should definitely look older.
- The Giver never gives Jonas the memory of music.
- The Chief Elder was never a “resistant” figure or enemy to Jonas.
- We never even hear much from her or the elders about the society.
- If anything the entire community and the elders are supposed to be oblivious and ignorant, not purposefully hiding the rest of the community from how it is ordered.
- Fiona will never get “released”.
- There is technically no sign of hostility in the community in the book at all.
- Jonas does not get “beamed up” into a plane.
- He definitely does not fall down a waterfall.
And, to add on to all these things that are incongruent to the novel, I need to also say that I absolutely hate trailers that basically summarise the entire movie in it – including parts that are supposed to be spoilers. So if you came here and read this list and thought I spoilt it for you, no I really really did not. Everything I mentioned here is in the trailer itself.
Still, at the end of the day I’m going to watch it, to see whether this adaptation is a worthy story in itself.
Till next time!