The Giver

Musical Score By: Marco Beltrami

Distributed by: Sony Classical

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based on the 1993 novel by Lois Lowry, The Giver stars Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, a young man living in what appears to be an ideal world.  But Jonas soon learns that he comes from a community in which memories and perception of color has been removed in an effort to prevent racial differences and a lack of conformity.  His new knowledge comes from the only man who can give it, the sole keeper of the entire community’s memories, The Giver (Jeff Bridges).  Exposure to the community’s memories puts Jonas at odds with all that the Elders have deemed safe and Jonas must make a choice – reveal the memories he has received or attempt to escape the community with his knowledge.

                The musical score of The Giver was created by acclaimed American composer Marco Beltrami who made an impression with his score for Wes Craven’s Scream and hasn’t looked back since.  Nominated for an Academy Award for his work on 3:10 to Yuma and The Hurt Locker, Beltrami has been a go to man in the film scoring industry, compiling an impressive résumé including the musical scores of such notable films as Mimic, Woman in Black, the Scream movies, Trouble with the Curve, World War Z and more.

                The music of The Giver begins with the magical, spiritual music of the Main Titles featuring harps and choir.  This track offers up the improbable and false world in which Jonas has been living in blissful ignorance.  Arriving at the Giver’s features a sense of trepidation and nervousness as Jonas embarks on a journey he isn’t sure he wants to engage in.  As The Giver begins revealing the memories of the community the music reveals a sense of wonderment, awe and excitement, which eventually changes into anguish, sadness and ultimately revolution upon the revelation of some difficult truths The Giver Soundtrack ends with Jonas’ theme performed at a calmer pace, perhaps revealing whether Jonas has succeeded in his final mission.

                The Giver Soundtrack features a score that perfectly expresses the powerful emotions of the film – passivity, fear, exhilaration, foreboding, tension and more.  The best musical scores can stand alone, getting the story of the film across without the visuals.  The Giver is one of those soundtracks.


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