When the trailer for The Giver was released last month, it was… upsetting. Many of us experienced uncontrollable urges to throw our computers into volcanoes and burn the Weinstein Company to the ground. And no, I don’t think that’s overstating it.
There were a lot of problems with the trailer, not the least of which was it’s use of color. The Giver is the story of a future dystopian society in which everything “bad” or potentially upsetting has been neutralized; there is no war, pain, anger, movies like this one. There is no color in this world. So when the trailer showed every scene existing in a full Wonderful World of Color, something was seriously wrong. Well, the studio has submitted. Either the film has been this way the whole time and they just didn’t want to alienate young audiences with a black and white trailer, or some major changes have been made. Either way, a new trailer has been released and it shows the world as it should be: totally devoid of color. They even brought Lois Lowry in to give them some literary street cred.
Now let’s address the problems that are still present, shall we? Like the action sequences and Taylor Swift’s presence. Or how about the fact that the lead actor is twice the age of the original character. Let’s start there.