History YMMV / TheGiver

6th Sep '15 9:17:53 AM Anddrix
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* SoOkayItsAverage: Seems to be the consensus. * TaintedByThePreview: The fans are ''not'' happy about the movie's trailer. If you didn't know better, you'd swear it was actually a parody of InNameOnly adaptations that only exist to jump on the bandwagon of young adult dystopias. This lightened up a bit on the movie's release, as it's ''far'' less action-heavy and more true to the book than the trailers let on. That said, the film still ended up receiving predominantly mixed-to-negative reviews.
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%% * SoOkayItsAverage: Seems to be the consensus. * TaintedByThePreview: The fans are ''not'' happy about the movie's trailer. If you didn't know better, you'd swear it was actually a parody of InNameOnly adaptations that only exist to jump on the bandwagon of young adult dystopias. This lightened up a bit on the movie's release, as it's ''far'' less action-heavy and more true to the book than the trailers let on. That said, the film still ended up receiving predominantly mixed-to-negative reviews.reviews. * WhatAnIdiot:\\ '''You'd Expect''': That although no member of the Community can escape camera watch completely, Jonas would move out of direct camera range to kiss Fiona.\\ '''Instead''': He kisses her in full view of the camera, which incriminates him when the Chief Elder brings up all his activity for the past year.\\ '''You'd Expect''': The Chief Elder to choose anyone but Asher, Jonas' best friend, to [[spoiler: find him, and then "accidentally" have him eliminated.]]\\ '''Instead''': She sends Asher, who is not only a rookie drone pilot and probably couldn't be trusted with any job of that magnitude, but also [[spoiler: lets Jonas go.]]\\ '''You'd Expect''': Fiona to try to escape the Nurturing Center empty-handed. Her pursuers already know or can at least infer Jonas has Gabe, and escaping empty-handed would keep Fiona relatively safe.\\ '''Instead''': She grabs, and starts running with, an empty baby carrier. This is ostensibly to throw pursuers off the scent, but it doesn't work and just hastens [[spoiler: their decision to Release her.]] ----
29th Aug '15 8:11:08 AM Anddrix
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: Occurs in both the book and the film. Not only does the Community decide to Release baby Gabe [[spoiler: which is code for euthanasia, due to his ostensible developmental delays]], but they expect Jonas' father, who has cared for Gabe from day one and ''had the kid in his house'' to do it!
28th Aug '15 4:06:05 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: Occurs in both the book and the film. Not only does the Community decide to Release baby Gabe [[spoiler: which is code for euthanasia, due to his ostensible developmental delays]], but they expect Jonas' father, who has cared for Gabe from day one and ''had the kid in his house'' to do it!
23rd Jul '15 2:31:14 AM Xythos
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Given her expanded role, Chief Elder is subjected to this. Does she truly believe in what she preaches or is she more interested in power? Is it possible that she was [[spoiler: Rosemary's mother]] and that [[spoiler: her daughter's death]] played a role in shaping her character?
25th Mar '15 4:59:44 AM Baeraad555
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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Jonas' parents claiming that "do you love me?" is a meaningless question and suggesting a few more specific ones like "do you cherish me?" is treated as a horrifying sign that they [[MeasuringTheMarigolds don't understand love.]] However, it might be argued that a parent who cherishes and takes pride in their child does indeed love that child according to any reasonable definition, and that it's not the worst thing in the world if they prefer to focus on their specific, individual feelings rather than using the blanket term for them.
14th Mar '15 2:55:43 AM AllenbysEyes
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* RomanticPlotTumor: The biggest complaint of the movie is the romantic story between Jonas and Fiona that was not in the book. In the book, Jonas merely had a crush on Fiona and the tragedy was that romance was ''impossible'' for them because Fiona was irretrievably brainwashed by the community and even committed "Release" on senior citizens.
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* RomanticPlotTumor: The biggest complaint of the movie is the romantic story between Jonas and Fiona that was not in the book. In the book, Jonas merely had a crush on Fiona and the tragedy was that romance was ''impossible'' for them because Fiona was irretrievably brainwashed by the community and even committed "Release" on senior citizens. citizens. * SoOkayItsAverage: Seems to be the consensus.
3rd Jan '15 7:11:45 PM Anddrix
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Umm... that's exactly what the movie did - it's even listed on the main page.
* TaintedByThePreview: The fans are ''not'' happy about the movie's trailer. If you didn't know better, you'd swear it was actually a parody of InNameOnly adaptations that only exist to jump on the bandwagon of young adult dystopias. This lightened up a bit on the movie's release, as it's ''far'' less action-heavy and more true to the book than the trailers let on. That said, the film still ended up receiving predominantly mixed-to-negative reviews. * TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: A number of viewers thought that the movie should have been DeliberatelyMonochrome, [[PaintingTheMedium switching to color for the memory segments]].
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* TaintedByThePreview: The fans are ''not'' happy about the movie's trailer. If you didn't know better, you'd swear it was actually a parody of InNameOnly adaptations that only exist to jump on the bandwagon of young adult dystopias. This lightened up a bit on the movie's release, as it's ''far'' less action-heavy and more true to the book than the trailers let on. That said, the film still ended up receiving predominantly mixed-to-negative reviews. * TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: A number of viewers thought that the movie should have been DeliberatelyMonochrome, [[PaintingTheMedium switching to color for the memory segments]].reviews.
3rd Jan '15 12:26:20 PM twilicorn
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** Jonas as well. The poor guy eventually starts to break down, when he realizes that he can't express the new things he knows and feels to his friends or family. His best friend becomes impatient with him after inadvertently triggering Jonas's memory of dying in a war and brushes it off when Jonas tries to explain why he's upset. Jonas's parents scold him for using imprecise language when he asks them "do you love me?" And then, [[spoiler:he finds out that his father-a kind man who Jonas always thought of as being good with kids-cheerfully euthanizes babies who don't measure up to the community's criteria. Even worse, he learns that his dad has every intention of doing this to a baby that had been living in their house and who they'd all been bonding with.]] Jeez!
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** Jonas as well.Jonas. The poor guy eventually starts to break down, when he realizes that he can't express the new things he knows and feels to his friends or family. His best friend becomes impatient with him after inadvertently triggering Jonas's memory of dying in a war and brushes it off when Jonas tries to explain why he's upset. Jonas's parents scold him for using imprecise language when he asks them "do you love me?" And then, [[spoiler:he finds out that his father-a kind man who Jonas always thought of as being good with kids-cheerfully euthanizes babies who don't measure up to the community's criteria. Even worse, he learns that his dad has every intention of doing this to a baby that had been living in their house and who they'd all been bonding with.]] Jeez!

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** Jonas as well. The poor guy eventually starts to break down, when he realizes that he can't express the new things he knows and feels to his friends or family. His best friend becomes impatient with him after inadvertently triggering Jonas's memory * TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: A number of dying in a war and brushes it off when Jonas tries to explain why he's upset. Jonas's parents scold him for using imprecise language when he asks them "do you love me?" And then, [[spoiler:he finds out that his father-a kind man who Jonas always viewers thought of as being good with kids-cheerfully euthanizes babies who don't measure up to the community's criteria. Even worse, he learns that his dad has every intention of doing this to a baby that had the movie should have been living in their house and who they'd all been bonding with.]] Jeez!DeliberatelyMonochrome, [[PaintingTheMedium switching to color for the memory segments]].
23rd Dec '14 1:15:39 PM haloinsider
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* TaintedByThePreview: The fans are ''not'' happy about the movie's trailer. If you didn't know better, you'd swear it was actually a parody of InNameOnly adaptations that only exist to jump on the bandwagon of young adult dystopias. This lightened up a bit on the movie's release, as it's ''far'' less action-heavy and more true to the book than the trailers let on.
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* TaintedByThePreview: The fans are ''not'' happy about the movie's trailer. If you didn't know better, you'd swear it was actually a parody of InNameOnly adaptations that only exist to jump on the bandwagon of young adult dystopias. This lightened up a bit on the movie's release, as it's ''far'' less action-heavy and more true to the book than the trailers let on. That said, the film still ended up receiving predominantly mixed-to-negative reviews.
30th Nov '14 9:33:43 AM Anddrix
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The book Deconstructing Penguins applies some FridgeLogic and points out that people don't lie unless they know what they are doing is wrong. The argument escalates until "Jonas is no longer running away from a place where everyone believes the same things and he's different. He's running away from a place of terrible corruption that desperately needs him as the one person who might be able to make things better." In-story, this is explained as the reason The Giver stays, and Jonas does not. One must leave for the memories to return, and the Giver is not as hale and is more experienced with comforting people.
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The book Deconstructing Penguins ''Deconstructing Penguins'' applies some FridgeLogic and points out that people don't lie unless they know what they are doing is wrong. The argument escalates until "Jonas is no longer running away from a place where everyone believes the same things and he's different. He's running away from a place of terrible corruption that desperately needs him as the one person who might be able to make things better." In-story, this is explained as the reason The Giver stays, and Jonas does not. One must leave for the memories to return, and the Giver is not as hale and is more experienced with comforting people.

** The reveal of the true nature of the "Release" is this for the entire society. For Jonas, [[spoiler:his father in particular goes over the line, as he's the one doing the Release to a ''baby''.]] This is softened in the LiveActionAdaptation as [[spoiler:he undergoes a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment once, upon the release of the memories, it dawns upon him that he's been committing murder all along]]. ** Subverted by Asher in the film adaptation when he's sent to kill Jonas mid-flight and he accepts the task [[spoiler:only to merely pretend to do so by dropping him into a river, with the deception allowing Jonas to continue down to Elsewhere]].
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** The reveal of the true nature of the "Release" is this for the entire society. For Jonas, [[spoiler:his father in particular goes over the line, as he's the one doing the Release to a ''baby''.]] This is softened in [[Film/TheGiver the LiveActionAdaptation film adaptation]] as [[spoiler:he undergoes a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment once, upon the release of the memories, it dawns upon him that he's been committing murder all along]]. ** Subverted by Asher in [[Film/TheGiver the film adaptation adaptation]] when he's sent to kill Jonas mid-flight and he accepts the task [[spoiler:only to merely pretend to do so by dropping him into a river, with the deception allowing Jonas to continue down to Elsewhere]].

* UncannyValley * TheWoobie: [[spoiler:Poor, poor Rosemary...]]
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%% ** [[spoiler:Poor, poor Rosemary...]]
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