All too familiar
YOUNG adult novel adaptation fatigue sets in with the latest, The Giver (a project that actor and producer Jeff Bridges has tried to make for 20 years) offering even more deja vu for film goers.
Hot on the heels of The Hunger Games and Divergent, The Giver tells the familiar story of a young hero learning there is more to life than his restricted existence run by a government with rigid rules.
In the future, a community of survivors of a devastating war have memories of pain and suffering wiped and live utopian lives.
Teenager Jonas ( Brenton Thwaites) is chosen as a receiver – one allowed to have memories of life before the war leaked to him via the Giver (Jeff Bridge).
It is a risky move because it did not end well for the last person to be chosen as a receiver 10 years ago and chief elder (Meryl Streep) is afraid history will repeat.
The more Jonas learns, the more he is willing to risk his life to allow others the freedom to experience more emotions.
Though The Giver novel came first, the film has arrived in the midst of young adult novel adaptation phenomenon.
The trouble here is that they are telling very similar stories of a rebel resisting authority.
The only innovation in the sto- rytelling is the use of black and white in the beginning and colour that gradually bleeds in as Jonas experiences more memories.
Of course this is not an original technique (see Pleasantville), yet it gives a visual flourish when every other aspect feels too laboured and familiar.
Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites star in the novel adaptation of The Giver.