After reading The Giver, we decided to watch the movie in class. I liked the book, so I was curious to see if the movie was as good and if it was any different than the book. I think they were both good and would recommend them both. There were a few differences between the book and the movie. In the movie, the chief elder was the antagonist. To signify how Jonas is different than others he had a birthmark instead of light eyes. There were also some changes that were probably done for entertainment purposes. For example, how Jonas told Fiona not to take her daily injections and how Jonas and Asher have their airplane scene at the end.
None of these changes are very important or make the book significiatly different from the movie. I think the movie did a very good job representing the book and some of the changes were good. The movie wouldn't probably be as interesting without antagonist, even though there really wasn’t one in the book. Unlike the book, I also liked how they added Rosemary in as a hologram. It would be boring listening to the Giver talk about her without any dialogue or action. I also think it was smart to have Rosemary playing the piano, so the movie doesn’t seem too boring in black and white and musicless.
I think the biggest changes in the movie were about Asher and the Chief Elder. The only way this impacts this movie is how Asher has to try to capture Jonas and “finish” him, which he didn't even do. Even that doesn’t impact the movie enough to change the whole storyline. The other big change is how the Chief Elder is the antagonist in the movie. In the book she is just kinda there and didn’t do much. I think this actually helped the movie, because it made more dramatic, and made it seem like there was a good and a bad character. Another change includes Jonas not having light eyes. This isn’t really a big deal. It would also be harder to show light eyes in the movie. The birthmark was a good change that still made sense. In the book, Jonas receives the Christmas memory that changes everything. However, in the movie Jonas receives a different memory at a festival with a bunch of kids, adults, and elders. Even though they are different memories they still have the same purpose.Even though there were differences, I think the movie did a good job representing the book. It showed daily life in their community, with their dwellings, assignments, and meal times. It also showed the Giver and Jonas together and Jonas receiving memories. The movie followed the storyline of The Giver and didn't add or subtract any major scenes. It showed the relationship between Jonas, Fiona, and Asher, while adding an antagonist. They may have their differences but I think that the movie is a great representation of the book.