Cinema – 2nd year – Secondary School

Our 2nd Year students read the Newbery Medal winner novel ¨The Giver¨, by Lois Lowry in their Language class. Fortunately, the book was made into a movie this year and once the movie was released, they went to the cinema. Most of them agreed that the book was much better than the movie, and they made this clear in the reviews they wrote afterwards. Here are some of them:

The Giver Movie Review (by Manuel Nistal, Alan Toulouse and Florencia Verra)

¨The Giver¨ is a dull Young Adult Science Fiction movie based on Lois Lowry´s Newbery Medal winner novel. Being directed by Phillip Noyce and starred by Academy winner actors such as Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges was not enough to save the movie from becoming a disloyal, implausible failure.

The story takes place in a utopic community where everybody has a strictly established routine and in which choices are made for them. The real conflict starts when eighteen-year-old  Jonas is selected to be the new Receiver of Memories, being his job to carry all the memories of the past, which will affect his view of life and the way he sees this now not-so-utopic community.

The film is full of unexplained topics along its plot. Its special effects are nothing to be stunned at, nor  its poorly written script. As it is very long and confusing, and the performances are amateur-like  (except for Jeff Bridges´outstanding performance as The Giver), the movie ends up being tedious.

I highly recommend this movie… if you´re looking forward to taking a nap!!!

The Giver Book Review (by Augusto Cervini, Clara Rivero and Barbara David)

¨The Giver¨, written by Lois Lowry, is a fascinating story which takes place in a utopian community called Sameness. It is about a pale- eyed twelve-year-old boy called Jonas, who is somehow different from the rest of the members of the community.

The story concerns the life of this child, who lives in his dwelling with his father, his mother and his little sister. The December Ceremony is approaching and each Eleven will be given an assignment. Jonas is not sure which is going to be his. Soon, Jonas realizes he is different from the rest and that the community is not as perfect as everyone believes.

The plot is full of  unexpected twists and leads the reader into deep thoughts about freedom and the possibility to make choices, even wrong ones.

I highly recommend ¨The Giver¨, as it is really entertaining and it is well worth reading.


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