I am really fucking pissed off at The Giver trailer.
Never mind that it’s in color, which it shouldn’t be. I can understand why they’d put it in color. But why do they have to turn it into a Hunger Games-esque Teen Sci-Fi Drama? Why does Hollywood feel the need to cash in on what’s trending (let’s not forget all the vampire shit that came out after Twilight), instead of focusing on the source material and what’s good?
Here are my main complaints:
Jonas is 16. He’s supposed to be 12.
Wtf is up with the romance? There’s a scene where Jonas kisses the girl. I’m pretty sure that never happens.
Now, it’s been a while, so I might be wrong on this one, but why is Fiona being all rebellious with her “something has been stolen from our lives”? I’m pretty sure she never questions shit. I’m pretty sure she was completely devoid of character, actually.
Why did they replace the morning pill with morning injections? I’ll tell you why: because it’s more intense and edgy and makes the setting seem far more dystopian than it really is. The setting is supposed to actually be a Utopia: everyone is happy, there are literally no major problems in society, there is no corrupt government. But this movie makes it look like the government is controlling people instead of trying to do what’s best for them.
And this one probably bugs me the most: Wtf is up with the technology and the ending? There are no fucking uber-scientific bikes and hovercrafts in The Giver. There are no police men that chase people down and hit them with futuristic batons. Spoiler alert: Jonas and the baby get away. They don’t get beamed up into a fucking space ship. They aren’t even pursued.
It’s like someone in Hollywood went “Hey, I have a great idea! Let’s take the title of a popular book, throw some characters in there, tweak it until it fits into the currently popular and trending genre, and make it into a blockbuster movie! We’ll make MILLIONS!”
Yes, I understand that some things don’t translate well from book to movie. Yes, I understand that directors are going to change things. But from the content of the trailer, THEY CHANGED THE WHOLE FUCKING STORY. They took a classic with an important moral and they fucked it up the ass until it fit into the Young Adult Angsty Dystopian Future genre. If you’re going to change the entire story, why don’t you just make an original movie instead of a loose (and I mean loose) adaptation? This is a children’s story. They turned it into a Young Adult story and I think it’s going to suffer for it.
I will try to reserve further judgment until I actually see the movie, but I can only see myself fuming during the entire thing. I have never been so angry at a trailer before. If the entire movie is as bad as the trailer, I may very well walk out of a movie for the first time. We shall see.