Check out the best and worst of the new Jeff Bridges' film
Best: It clocks in at under 100 minutes
There are good short movies and there are good long movies. There are also bad short movies and bad long movies. There are things which could have improved "The Giver" had it been 20 minutes longer, areas that could have been expanded, offering the film more depth. It is also just as likely though that a version of "The Giver" that is 20 minutes longer wouldn't have done any of those things, that it would have simply bogged down the story that's there, or that it would have reinforced all the already present negative elements. It is worse to watch a bad long movie than it is to watch a bad short movie, and if we're saying that there are more "worsts" than "bests" for "The Giver," we're certainly happy that it doesn't offer a 140 minute running length.
- Josh Lasser