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The Giver Trailer Finally Arrives, Definitely Delivers

The Giver Movie Trailer

As someone who considers The Giver to be one of the best books I’ve ever read, I’m beyond excited to see this movie. In fact, I’m so excited that I’ve forgiven them for stunt casting Taylor Swift as Rosemary. Even though thinking about that for too long does make me want to sign up to be released…

But today’s not about casting complaints, it’s about watching the trailer that just debuted on The Today Show this morning. Even though it’s short and even though it doesn’t tell non-book readers anything about the plot that would separate it from being a Divergent knock-off, it’s perfect. In just one minute and twenty-six seconds, it captures the starkness of Jonah’s world as well as the adventure that unfolds when he gets his assignment.

Although adventure might not be the right word for what happens when Jonah comes of age. Think of it like a Bar Mitzvah, but with less limbo games and more realizations that everything you thought was real in your life was actually a carefully constructed lie. Also your parents are monsters. And not in the way that all teens think they’re parents are unreasonable monsters. These parents are actually struggling with some real tough ethical dilemmas that will disgust you far more than that time your your mom picked you up inside the mall, despite the fact you clearly asked her to wait outside.

While I’m sure there will be several more teaser trailers, sneak peeks and bonus GIFS before the movie actually premieres in August, this one’s enough to get me excited to see it in theaters. Also, dare I say it, but Brenton Thwaites’ adorable little face doesn’t hurt either.

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  • Andrina

    Glad you anticipate the Giver movie, but sort of disconcerted by your blogs on Taylor Swift. The bias against her here seems almost patriarchal in its manifestation. Every tabloid article repeated gleefully as if its pure truth, when it supports the image of Taylor that the writer wishes to promote. None of her charitable acts or humor represented; or if mentioned are sneered at and held up to the writers personal standard of who Taylor the person should be.

    Of course you have the right to see Taylor ad you wish; I just thought it odd that your vehement dislike of her perceived immaturity and pettiness that you seem to have causes your articles to seem every bit as immature and petty in their treatment of her.

  • Katie

    UGHHHHHHHH BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait for this. Although I have to admit I’m a little surprised theres nothing in black and white?

    • Jenni

      I am too…I was picturing black and white and red for most of the movie. But, as always, Hollywood did not consult me on this.

    • Katie

      I’m assuming they thought our bookish lady brains would be distracted by Alexander Sarsgaard? #TheyreRight

  • Sheila Lopez

    I like many of the actors in this movie (Jeff Bridges!) but this trailer disappoints me. By taking away the black and white aspect, they have taken away a significant aspect of the plot of the book. It now just looks like a generic, fill-in-the blanks sort of dystopian teen lit. By trying to make it more commercial, they are stripping away what has made the book so significant to so many people. *Nerd rage!*

    • Jenni

      I’ve come to accept that sometimes they have to make these things commercial so they can be successful. Hence casting Taylor Swift and opting not to do black and white.

    • elle

      I agree I was SO excited for this movie because I love The Giver so much (and the follow ups set in the same world) but seeing the trailer made me kind of disappointed. I’m sure I’ll still see the movie, but my expectations are kinda low…

  • Haley Keller

    I’m still kind of ambivalent about this movie. I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt, but this trailer didn’t really change my feelings to positive ones. I’m just not sure what it is exactly. I do know that I’m a little worried they’ll play up the romance stronger than it was in the book because they’ve aged the characters up. Other than that, I’m not entirely sure what it is about the trailer that’s still making me feel a bit negative about the whole movie. I hope my mind is changed.

  • Mollie Goldstein

    This was my favorite book growing up! I can’t wait for this movie! I’ve read the book multiple times and this trailer looks so amazing! (Would probably be really confusing if you don’t know the plot though.) I am so excited to see Queen Meryl in this!

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