I was going to start off by saying something like, “This movie wasn’t as good as the book,” but since it’s been like 17 years since I read it, I honestly have no idea if that’s true. (Also, I use the term “read” very loosely since most of that school year was dedicated to the arduous task of memorizing the theme song from Space Jam.)
Regardless of how it compares to Lowis Lowry’s novel, however, The Giver is still a good movie, and not just because it has an appearance by one of the hottest, most gifted, trend-setting blondes idolized by young people all over the planet—Meryl Streep.
Aside from Meryl, The Giver stars Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins), and Brenton Thwaites (the young whipper-snapper from Maleficent who has an unfortunate combination of consonants hampering entrance to his last name).
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW : A lot of people didn’t like this movie, but haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate so Meryl’s gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake — shake it off. Streep shakes it off.
Speaking of Streep, she pretty much epitomizes the twisted philosophy of those controlling society in her role as Chief Elder. This quote of hers sums up that harmful mentality extremely well:
“When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.”
Of course God doesn’t want us to choose wrong, but we can’t choose right unless we have the option of wrong.
This is why there must be opposition in all things, for it is in the act of choosing for one’s self that a person develops the character, the experience, and the godly attributes necessary to achieve greatness.
In all areas of life, the cost of true growth will always be free agency.
“Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other.” — 2 Nephi 2:16