First Trailer For The Giver Looks Great…Except For The Color!

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 20, 2014 in Cinema |

The Giver

The Giver was one of my favorite novels as a kid. It could very well have been my first dystopian novel, and the themes were thought-provoking. A film adaptation is coming August 15, 2014, and the first trailer looks fairly solid. There’s maybe a bit too much influence from The Hunger Games, because futuristic dystopian stories where kids rebel against the way of the world are hot right now. But hey: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes…with a cast that good, I could overlook whatever Taylor Swift is doing in there. My bigger issue is a major one: The Giver should be in black-and-white, not color.

Or more specifically, The Giver should be in black-and-white for a good portion of the film. In the original story, society has adopted Sameness in a bid to eliminate all the negative things in life. But in the process, life loses a lot of its emotional range, and the society basically sees in black-and-white. When the main character begins to receive memories from The Giver, he begins to see the world in color. Visually, this should mean that the world gradually regains its color as the film goes on. I’m not sure how the film will accomplish this without the use of black-and-white, but hopefully they have something similar planned. Otherwise, I have a feeling that this movie is in desaturated color just because The Hunger Games is in desaturated color.

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