Take a little from The Giver
THE GIVER Directed by Philip Noyce. Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift The set-up will seem rather familiar to anyone who saw DreamWorks’ Bee Movie. Jonas (newcomer Brenton Thwaites) lives in a controlled community in the future where all emotions are suppressed. On graduation day, when careers are assigned, the chief elder (Streep) announces that Jonas will be trained to be Jeff Bridges’s replacement as the receiver of memories.
Our hero’s new position allows him to see that his world and everything in it is a lie. He soon stops taking his emotional suppressants. He starts to develop feelings for his lifelong chum, Fiona.
Worst of all, he asks questions. His parents, as essayed by Alexander Skarsgård and Katie Holmes, are understandably concerned.
No hit young adult novel has gone unmolested in Hollywood’s rush to find the “next big thing”. Unhappily, for every Hunger Games or Twilight sequence, there are dozens of flops and also-rans.
We had no reason to suppose that The Giver would be any better than Beautiful Creatures or Mortal Instruments. Despite the presence of heavyweights Streep, Bridges, and Skarsgård, this new family-friendly dystopian adventure has failed to light up the US box office, taking just $12.3 million on its opening weekend last month.
For all that, The Giver is a solid, soft sci-fi entertainment with plenty of talented folks attached.
Taking a cue from The Wizard of Oz, the film moves from monochrome to saturated colour to reflect Jonas’s emotional journey. Even an appearance by the ubiquitous Taylor Swift doesn’t spoil the show.
NIGHT WILL FALL Directed by Andre Singer. Featuring Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Bernstein As the Allied forces battled their way toward Berlin in 1945, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force decided to create an
MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT Directed by Woody Allen Starring Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, and Emma Stone