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Ridiculously campy and ridiculously entertaining, the movie does suffer a bit because of some pedophilic overtones, but mostly the film triumphs thanks to its unforgettable style and performances.
Not quite as good as the previous movie, but Mockingjay is still a damn good film that continues Katniss's story, giving us more social satire, suspense, and raw emotion every step of the way.
A much better movie than it is a book, Divergent is a creative, kinetic, and fun action film that takes a dumb, uninspired premise and gives it new life. It's one of those rare cases where the book is better than the movie.
The book series is one of my guilty pleasures, and the movie does a decent job adapting the first novel, making few, if any, missteps. The stars are attractive, and the dialogue never feels stiff or forced (despite E.L. James's awful lines). Plus the movie is reasonably well-paced. There's not much to complain about. They could have cast someone more menacing and dark to play Christian, but Jamie Dornan does a good job.
On the one hand, this is a pretty awful movie. The story is dumb, with an insultingly weak climax, and the songs struggle to actually tie into the story being told. Plus, don't get me started on the singing voices. But the movie is still a triumph of tone. The film is so upbeat and lighthearted that it's hard not to enjoy yourself while watching it. The ABBA songs are classics, and they enliven the proceedings. It's fun, but unbelievably lacking in substance. Does that really matter though?