The Giver

A Look at the Movies

MOVIES 2 Star

Rated PG-13

1 hour 35 minutes

Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes

CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) – Please tell me, why today’s teenage audience enjoys being depressed by boring futuristic drivel like “The Giver”?

Where the characters all seem to be in a heavily sedated stupor. Who wouldn’t be, In the oppressive world of tomorrow, where everyone’s supposed to feel and think the same way? Taking orders from queen bee Meryl Streep.

Streep suspects the unrecognizable Jeff Bridges of blowing the whistle on her restrictive society and egging on the kids to think for themselves. What a crime!  Where young lovers rebel against adult rules just like in “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games”.

‘The Giver” creeps along so slowly, the audience may also feel they’re being injected with brain deadening drugs.

I know, “The Giver’s” about adolescent re-awakening. The audience associating with young lovers launching into a brave new world where there’s no room for a lackluster Meryl Streep performance.  You’ll find only courageous teenagers just bubbling with wisdom.

Self-Sacrifice never seemed so boring as It does in “The Giver”. Let’s hope future teen movies return to more playful pursuits like “Beach Blanket Bingo”.

The kids don’t get much from “The Giver”, which I’m giving only two stars.  And Meryl Streep shouldn’t expect to get any Oscar nominations for this one.

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