I went to see The Giver today, since it had been touted as a solidly pro-life movie.
It was that!
I won’t reveal any spoilers, although many of you have probably read the book.
As I watched, I suspected I was both missing things (since it is an adaptation of a book which I had never heard of, much less read) and getting things. There isn’t any question that this movie exalts human life lived, in contrast to imposed uniformity through technological domination. Think Brave New World meets Logan’s Run. Even my comparisons date me: I am not the target demographic for this movie. Then again, I am not the target for Guardians of the Galaxy, which I had never heard of either, but I thought that was a hoot.
BTW… another story of teens who need to be freed comes up this Friday, the new Jim Caviezel movie When The Game Stands Tall, (I saw an advanced screening of it) which is based on a true story and in which (most) adults are actually good guys. Do NOT miss that. That is a movie that should have a great first week attendance.
As I watched The Giver was also strongly reminded of the technocrats of modern day Party of Death. I suspect that that was not the intention of the makers, given that this movie was funded by the Weinsteins. The movie focused on euthanasia, though not abortion. But, everything in the movie was start repudiation of big-business abortion. The falsely compassionate, viciously gentle, abomination of a society, with its eugenics and friendly murder is exactly what the Planned Parenthood, and those to whom they give awards, would hope for us.
And I could watch Meryl Streep read the phone book. Perfect casting. She is really creepy, while at the same time retaining some of motherly femininity, which made her ever creepier. Why is it that all the mass killers in movies today are female?
One of my first reactions is that this is yet another movie about “trapped teenagers” longing to be free from their older oppressors (cf Hunger Games, Divergent, and… coming soon another dystopian teen story The Maze Runner). I could also tell there were story gaps because of a few improbable leaps in the screenplay.
They did sneak in some Christian imagery, though I won’t say where. Find it yourself.
But some arresting images will remain with me for a while. Scenes of euthanasia, or impending euthanasia, were chilling. They make you want to come out of your chair. Also, the memory/montage sequences were effective, though I nearly rolled my eyes with one images of courage.
The movie is clean and I can recommend it for pretty much everybody. It isn’t sophisticated… teens are the best audience. GOOD! They are the ones who need to be filled in on what faces them in the future. I am sure it will spark some conversations if you go to it with your children or a group of young people.