Escape to the Movies: The Giver - Don't Bother Giving This Movie Your Time

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The Giver - Don't Bother Giving This Movie Your Time

MovieBob almost missed seeing this movie, but it's easy to see why.

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You didn't review The Identical? I'm so shocked.

Next week, it is Dolphin Tale 2 and No Good Deed, which will likely be two more duds.

That's sad.

I remember liking "The Giver" when I read it back in school.

Boy, that "COMMUNITY" gag got old real quick.

I laughed every time at "tatataaaa- community", except that one time I took a train (germanophiles will get this one, oh come on, I just clocked off and now I'm in a silly mood) on my vaporizer.

I think the trailer warned us enough about this movie. I read the book in English class under the tutelage of a very stern (the emphasis is on 'very stern') English teacher, and I have fond memories. I'm a little sad to see it got ruined.

Enough Escapist get someone else to review films who doesn't need to do a boring and annoying joke over and over again.

No idea about the film couldn't stand the 'joke' to watch it all.

The beginning of this reminded me of John Carter of Mars. The original story, but other people have stole and improved so much it fades into irrelevancy.

The first time the Community Joke came up, I laughed. And because Community is also my favorite TV show, I got an extra chuckle or two from the next time and the one after that...but then it got reeeeeeal old real fast.

I know there's that comedy rule about if you do something long enough it stops being funny but if you keep doing it it becomes REALLY funny (which is sometimes true) ...I don't think that applied here.

And Yay, Dragon Quest Warriors! Yet another series is getting the Warriors treatment! Goody goody gumdrops (this sounds like sarcasm, but it's really not. I like that genre for good hack 'n slashy fun. Maybe one of the MegaTen series or even Pokemon could get something like this)

Why is the story so simplified in it's message and views, why can't it keep the symbolism of the book?

Teenagers aren't all idiots, We can take that type of abstract thought so please make a movie that does the book justice and help inspire people.

Hasn't What We Do in the Shadows come out yet?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3416742/

Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv568AzZ-i8

It says it was released earlier in the year but I am not sure if it means it was screened at a festival?

Wasn't really a fan of the book. The movie, when I first heard of it, sounded like it COULD have promise... but given the lack of any information beyond "it will exist," I haven't been able to get worked up enough to care about it. With the flood of other dystopia (I know it's not a dystopia, but it's close enough) films out there, I'm gonna pass. Give me a movie with a more upbeat, colorful, and interesting future. These "the future will suck" movies are getting boring, unimaginative, and repetitive fast.

Question: What Dragon Quest game was that at the end?

Nthing the Community (Dun! Dun. DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!) joke getting old fast as well.

Never even heard of the book or film, I'm assuming neither left America

Well, it's nice to see that there are others onboard with me about it not being a dystopia. I remember once chatting with someone about the Giver and the books that came after it. I'm not sure if I would recommend such a society to the real world, considering how disastrous it would be if the people in charge aren't as competent and well-meaning as the ones in the book, but in the book they are that and I was left thinking, "Who needs higher emotions when you can spend every moment of your life feeling content with what you have?"

Besides how quickly the community joke got old, I don't get why the movie borrowing from communist societies, which do tend to be very authoritarian and regimented in their real-world examples (yes yes, not true communism, yada yada yada) deserves to be scorned that heavily. It's not like other movies haven't used heavy handed symbolism before.

That sudden blast heard when "community!" shows up is only something worth listening to once in a single episode of anything, if I'll be honest.

Well, at least the movie drought isn't as bad as the game drought right now (hey June, July, August? Anything coming out? No. Well... fuck)

Allow me to be the voice of dissent. This has been one of the funniest episodes yet. I laughed at each DUNDUNDUUUUUUN, specially the last one, where Bob himself is interrupted mid-sentence.It's a pity, because the trailed seemed nice and I was looking forward to watching this. I don't live in the US, so it didn't launch here yet.

I was dyslexic growing up so I didn't read many books, reading mostly manga and comics instead, BUT there was one series I read and indeed still read.

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Why the hell have these books not been made into films Hollywood or at least a t.v. series BBC?

These books are soooooo gawdamn good, they have interesting characters, incredible settings, serious themes, it's just... I don't get it. Why are all these bloody films with vague dystopian/utopian settings about a sexy young chosen one so popular? What happened to a main character just being part of the world they inhabited instead of the only sane one in an asylum of twats.

I just, I-GAH!

castlewise:
The beginning of this reminded me of John Carter of Mars. The original story, but other people have stole and improved so much it fades into irrelevancy.

Although it's interesting that two of the major inspirations for the Fantasy genre, Conan and LotR, have excellent movies.

What is the DUNDUNDUN! gag anyway?

Didn't know this movie existed until you reviewed it, MovieBob. Guess I'll forget about it now.

Is the book any good? I'm guessing it isn't actually a teen drama?

Thanks for reviewing The Giver Bob. I wanna believe you did it because I said you should last week.

aavb132:
Boy, that "COMMUNITY" gag got old real quick.

Agreed. I liked it the first two times... that was when the joke died for me...

OT - I get the movie sucks, but I got a bit of a negative vibe getting sent toward the book...
I think the book would be a fantastic movie, assuming they respect it. They didn't in this case.

The book is Jonas realizing that he loves people that can't love him back and his reaction to it. It's not some huge sweeping "free people from the tyranny." There is a bit of that. But it's not some one man army rebellion.

That book deserves better.

This is the reason Cameron Monaghan missed the first half of the season of Shameless this year? Ooookay.

This had to have been the most obnoxious episode of Escape to the Movies yet. Seriously, that community joke got old after the second time.

I feel like you could have gotten away with that community joke like three times at most. The first time of course is fine, the second for a reiterating running gag, the third to drive it home and acknowledge that it was getting old and stop it right there.

As for the movie, I never read the book, I might after I finally finish reading LotR(of course then I still need to finish Dark Tower, and then I'm told to read other books and I've still got those 600+ issues of Spider-man to read), so I have no interest in a shitty movie about a book I never read.

I don't know about anyone else but I laughed at the Dun Dun Dun every time. Mainly because I kept thinking each one was the last.

The "Community!" gag is so overdone here that I don't remember anything about this review besides Bob stating its premise and saying it's bland.

And at the end, there was... Dragon Quest Warriors? Dragon Quest 3DS? I can't even tell. Stupid cutscene trailers.

The Giver sounds like John Carter and Ender's Game, in that it's a story and/or concept that made have been original and unique back in it's day but by now has become cliche so it doesn't feel unique, despite being one of the first to do what it did. Also, thanks for reminding me of Pleasantville, that was a pretty good movie. Also also, yeah, the community thing was funny at first, but rule of thum with running gags, if you're going to do it repeatedly, be sure to change it up a bit as you do so.

So...community:
"n . A group of people living in the same locality and under the same government.
n. The district or locality in which such a group lives.
n. A group of people having common interests: the scientific community; the international business community.
n. A group viewed as forming a distinct segment of society: the gay community; the community of color."

Community is not an inherently positive or negative term. None of these definitions say "...who all get together to do something good." It's neutral. It's always inclusive of certain people and always excludes certain people. White people are not part of the community of color, people who identify as straight are not part of the gay community, gay people are not part of the straight community.

It's certainly not always a bad thing: sometimes the 'community' comes together for a bake sale to help buy blankets for their local orphanage. But sometimes the 'community' comes together to lynch somebody for the [sarcasm] horrible crime [/sarcasm] of being black or gay or whatever. Neither of these appears to be an inappropriate usage of the term 'community.' So I think Bob may just be missing the point on the story's criticism of any and all happy communities being inherently good things.

I'd also guess that the 'community' in the movie is guilty of genocide, given that Jeff Bridges and whoever have memories of people of color, but I don't recall a single not-white face in the movie's present.

aavb132:
Boy, that "COMMUNITY" gag got old real quick.

Yup!

Especially when I didn't get it.

Strain42:
The first time the Community Joke came up, I laughed. And because Community is also my favorite TV show, I got an extra chuckle or two from the next time and the one after that...but then it got reeeeeeal old real fast.

I know there's that comedy rule about if you do something long enough it stops being funny but if you keep doing it it becomes REALLY funny (which is sometimes true) ...I don't think that applied here.

There are ways to make such a gag work, but this wasn't one of them. You can do some slight variations on the theme, allowing the audience a little jolt of surprise that can turn into amusement (which is part of the reason something like Dramatic Chipmunk can get more than one chuckle). You can use timing to make the audience feel like they're "in" on the joke ("...wait for it..."); you can "escalate" the joke until it becomes absurd ("Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!").

But just playing the same joke, more than three times, in the midst of more-or-less "straight" commentary- just begins to annoy.

...Like, well, explaining a joke.

Man you know a movie is going to be bad when Bob's review of it is literally the first you hear of it's existence.

I always thought the point of a failed utopia as an archetype was it was supposed to be somewhat tragic, showing how a good idea can be be perverted into something horrible (Rapture, The Brave New World society, etc). Not to be confused with a False Utopia, which is basically a dystopia that nobody realizes is such.

I have never heard of The Giver. Is it American high school material or something? The idea sound alright so I might give the book a look (unless it's too long).

Community gag was good but done one too many times. Just to throw my 2 cents into the ring...

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