Here’s the plot: After The Ruin, a colorless equalitarian society is formed without memories and everyone follows rules established by the Chief Elder and the Elders. The population uses drugs to stay happy and on the day of the graduation, the teenagers leave their childhood and are assigned to a career chosen by the Elders. Jonas lives with his parents and has two best friends, Fiona and Asher, and he feels different from his friends. He is assigned to be the Receiver of Memories and he is trained by his mentor, The Giver, who gives memories of the world before The Ruin. Jonas learns emotions such as love and fear and the concept of family. When he discovers that the baby Gabriel that he loves as a brother will be eliminated, he decides to change his society but the Chief Elder will do anything to stop him.
This movie has quite the cast: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift etc… The book by Lois Lowry won a prestigious Newberry Medal. So you think it’d be good, right?
I didn’t think so. I found it boring and preachy. Most of the movie is about Jonas discovering what the world used to be like–our world. We know about our world. That’s what was boring about it. I felt the message was saying equality is an evil pipe dream. Maybe it wasn’t, but that’s what I took from it. That, and we should embrace our messy emotions and the baggage that comes with it.
There wasn’t even a dance number or monsters. And I didn’t get to go to space. No one died in a horrible way. The only adventure was finding out what my own world/life is like. What fun is that?
I guess you can tell I didn’t like it.
No amount of beer can save this movie. I’d rather watch Zombeavers again.
On another note, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was awesomely fun. It was worth staining my fingers orange from Cheetos popcorn and then having to cut my nails because the orange wouldn’t go away. That’s not really a fair assessment, because Cheetos popcorn is always worth it. I mean, look at it…
There was lots of dino action in the movie. The film people finally get the real stars of these movies are the dinosaurs and they need character arcs just like the other characters. Perhaps they did the T-Rex character arc in the first one by accident. That would explain things. Sort of… maybe… no, I still don’t want to talk about movie 2.
Anyway, it was a very fun movie and it didn’t disappoint. Except, there could have been more people munching and blood. All the same, I look forward to the next one.
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