Divergent: Movie Review

Divergent movie poster

 Movie: Divergent

Director: Neil Burger

Writers: Evan Daugherty & Vanessa Taylor

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ½

 Stars:
Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley as Tris

Theo James Theo James as Four

Kate Winslet Kate Winslet as Jeanine

Read the book review!

Remind me what it’s about…
Tris lives in a society divided into five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). When children come of age they have to pick a faction to join, they are free to choose any faction they want but once you pick a faction there’s no switching. And if you pick a faction you weren’t raised in, you’re likely to never see your family again. No big deal.

After Tris’ Choosing Ceremony, she begins her initiation and meets Four who is a major babe. Because there’s always a major babe. Major Babe is a mysterious, strict and intimidating trainer/coach for the initiates. His job is to teach the newbies what they need to know about their new faction and look beautiful while doing it. Tris struggles at first but she’s determined to be successful and she just might make it with Major Babe’s help.

What did you think?
Shailene and Theo’s beauty combined is brighter than the noontime sun. I love looking at pretty things, so I was pleased anytime Shailene Woodley, Theo James or Kate Winslet were on screen. But I loved the whole cast for more than just their pure beauty. They were all close to how I imagined them to be when I was reading, which impressed me.

But, Divergent was the tinsiest bit cheesy and predictable at times; mostly concerning a few cookie cutter characters. There was the all knowing mother, the stereotypical arrogant punk who was a jerk for the sake of being a jerk, the endearing speaks-before-she-thinks best friend, and of course the beautiful and strong heroine who doesn’t realize how strong or beautiful she really is and the dangerous, mysterious and beautiful love interest. While not necessarily the most original characters, they appear in movies/books all the time because they work. They make make for a fun and exciting story that people want to immerse themselves in.

The biggest flaw was the music. There were certain scenes that were going well, I was really getting into it and then Ellie Goulding would start playing and it totally took me out of the zone. It was distracting and felt very out of place.

Was it a good adaption?
Yeah, there definitely some things missing and some changes from the book but no movie will ever be exactly like the book. I think the changes were all justified and the movie still stayed true to the book. The only thing that really bothered me adaption-wise was that some things felt a little rushed. Certain things took a lot longer to develop in the book than in the movie but I know that there’s not much you can do about that. The movie is already 140 minutes long, if anything was any less rushed no one would sit down long enough to watch the whole thing.

Should I watch it?
Was it ground-breaking and Oscar worthy? No. Was it fun and did I enjoy watching it? Absolutely. It won’t be the greatest movie you’ll ever see but you should definitely watch it. Find a showtime at a theater near you here.

Here’s the trailer:

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