Running Time: 139 min
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.
I saw this movie about two weeks ago, and now is the time that I can finally sit down and talk about what I felt. If I’m going to use one phrase to describe how I felt about the movie, it would be: “I liked it”. I really liked it.
For me, this was the make or break aspect of the movie. I wasn’t initially sure of how good the actors would be, but I had faith that they would do a good job. Shailene & Theo really outdid themselves! They really made the movie much better. They are not acting as Tris & Four, they ARE Tris & Four. I really enjoyed their performances!
Shailene Woodley was the most surprising of the lot! I’ve seen her act before, and I never really felt blown away. She completely changed my mind! Shailene perfectly embodied Tris. Her acting was heartbreaking at parts, and made us really feel fer her. She was completely relatable as a character!
Theo James… I have never seen such a perfect male counterpart! Theo was not initially how I pictured Four, but he really made the character his own! His actions, his lines, everything about him was just like Four! It was really surprising.
Kate Winslet was wonderful as Jeanine, and her character felt much more developed than in the book. Eric, the Dauntless leader, is ruthless in his role; loved him. I wish Christina, Will, Al, and Peter would have been more developed, but nevertheless their performances were good.
The setting in Divergent is spot on, and it even makes it better than in the book. You understand much more what the world is and why everyone has to choose a faction. I enjoyed seeing the book come to life. I wanted to be a part of the Dauntless compound! It was amazing world-building.
Okay, if I didn’t talk about the romance, then this review wouldn’t have been complete. The romance in this movie is at first practically non-existent. You see the chemistry between them (and their Chemistry is sizzling hot!), and you’re just biting your nails the whole time waiting for them to come together. Their romance slowly builds and when it finally comes up, it’s wonderful! Completely believable!
This could be due to the fact that I’m highly critical over this movie because Divergent is one of my favorite dystopian trilogies, but I expected more from this movie. Everyone that watched it praised it so much that I guess I ended up being biased.
Some parts of the movie were not originally in the book (which sometimes helped the story, and sometimes did not), and I guess I really didn’t enjoy when some parts of the book were altered.
As I stated earlier, I think that some characters should’ve been more developed. I think that some key elements of the series would have been much better if we understood the underlying relationship Tris shared with the other characters.
Divergent is by no means a perfect movie. However, I highly recommend you go and see it. It is not disappointing, and with Shailene & Theo’s performances you’ll be sure to enjoy the movie. I’ll go as far as to say that I think this movie surpassed The Hunger Games (NOT CATCHING FIRE). I went to see both these movies with friends who hadn’t read the books, and they ended up loving and understanding Divergent much more than The Hunger Games.
Production has already started for Insurgent, so fingers crossed it’ll be even better than this one!
3.5 to 4 stars!
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