No Dystopia is Perfect

The Giver came to theaters two weeks ago, so my written review and podcast review are long overdue.

The film is based on a decent social science fiction novel for older children, but has divided critics and audiences. What seems to be an all too familiar dystopian Sci-Fi is actually one of the last century’s family friendly social science morality fantasies. It’s above average fiction with application for the real world, but it suffers from various logical lapses that are hard to swallow for critics and average moviegoers.

Still, I think The Giver is worth seeing and even supporting. It’s thought-provoking and ultimately wholesome. I would like to see its success more than, say, other young adult novel movie adaptations that indulge teenage angst and romance.

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Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.