Source: Saw in theaters
Summary from IMDB:
In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.
I think we were right to be worried about this movie. I have no problem with Brenton Thwaites as a person. I thought he did a good job with what he was given. My problem comes from the fact that Thwaites is a 25 year old man playing an 18 year old man when Jonas is supposed to be a 13 year old boy. Actors playing characters much younger than themselves is nothing new and it won’t be going away anytime soon. I know that. I think that choice in casting (and fudging of the story) changed the fundamental feel of the story and not in a good way.
Those changes made the movie appear to be competing with movies like The Hunger Games and Divergent. If you’ve read all three books, you can see how that’s a misstep. Yes, all three books are dystopias but they are very different type of dystopias and certainly dystopias aimed at a slightly different audience. I think fans of the book were going to be interested in seeing this movie even if it didn’t look as slick and shiny as The Hunger Games or Divergent. We wanted to see the book that we enjoyed or love brought to life. Not the book twisted into something it’s not.
In addition to aging up the characters, they decided to throw in some romance to the story. Jonas’ romance with Fiona was very stiff and odd. I didn’t feel the chemistry between the characters but then again there wasn’t supposed to be that type of chemistry between them.
I do have to say I liked the way the movie looked. It started out black and white. As Jonas learned about color, you saw color appear in his world. It started off as random objects being in color and everything else in black and white. Slowly, color appeared in the world. The colors were muted but slowly grew stronger or weaker as the story progressed. I also really liked memories. They were a good sampling of being alive: the good and the bad. They were small snapshots but I liked the shortness.
The bottom line? As a movie, it was okay. As an adaption of a book, it was fairly poor one.