Teen novels are really becoming their own genre now, first Twilight, Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments and now Divergent. Now to be clear I'm not doing a book vs. movie comparison since I haven't read the book so here's my review of the movie.
In a dystopian future where there is no Hunger Games, after some sort of awful war happens, society breaks into five distinct factions based on their personalities. Beatrice "Tris" Prior is a girl who takes the test and finds out that she's someone called "Divergent" who doesn't belong in just one faction but in multiple and now she's in great danger from the people around her.
Yes I will admit I felt like watching The Hunger Games, but I can tell you that Divergent is badass! That's right, I didn't expect much but in the end I love the shit out of this movie, it's better than the first Hunger Games movie and also met the levels of the second one.
The acting is pretty good in this film. Shailene Woodley plays Tris, the Divergent girl. She's hot. Just saying that now. Her acting was really good, I felt like she owned the role and it didn't seem possible for anyone to play it like she did. But again, she's hot, really hot. And even if her acting wasn't very good, at least I would have gotten to look at something during the movie, don't judge me. Theo James who plays the badass man known as "Four" is Tris's commander and is always looking after her (take a guess why). He did a really good job too. I wouldn't say he was like Shailene Woodley but he was good in the role and he was a complete badass. Like, a young Liam Neeson almost, yeah he was that cool. Peeta, suck it. The other actress who also killed it was Kate Winslet who plays the villain. Just saying, she's a complete bitch in the movie. She is literally a natural born bitch and she's great at acting like one. She's actually a better villain that I would have thought and she just nails it. yes we do get some good supporting work from Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, and Ashley Judd.
The characters I found more interesting than the ones found in the Hunger Games. Tris was a better person than Katniss ever was, she's relatable. I mean I was feeling for her the entire time and when the third and final act was going on, I felt really bad for her. I was watching all she was dealing with which was hard, she was getting hit hard at times and you just want her to win and succeed over it all.
We do get some pretty cool shootout scenes. The action isn't very often and it's not like it's amazing or anything but it was suspenseful and well made. Most of the involve shootouts with guns and I can tell you it had me on the edge of my seat, it got me so hooked into it that I didn't want to want and I wanted to see the result of these fights. I'm not saying their great, but definitely really well made.
The most interesting scenes in the movie was the training sessions. 2/3s of the movie was Tris training to become better and fit in with her chosen faction. And it was just awesome seeing this hot girl, sorry, this good girl work her hardest and overcome many of the challenges that she faced it that time.
Hell, just the premise of the movie was interesting enough. The idea of our society being broken down into different factions in this dystopian future and it was really cool seeing the world the author thought of and I thought it was a strong part of the film but that wasn't my favorite part!
My favorite part was the music. Yes and soundtrack for Divergent was fantastic. Hans Zimmer composed the score for the movie and he's one of my favorite music composers making some of the best scores in cinema, like The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, The Lion King and many more. Throughout the film I was loving them playing the right kind of music at the right times whether it was a actually song that met the mood of the time or a musical score, it was all perfect. The music to me was the best part of the entire movie.
Of course, it did have a few downs. I'm not a fan of teen romance and this movie does have that. I knew it was gonna happen but I still didn't like it! Does every single teen novel need some kind of romance between two characters? I guess so but it's old now. I didn't mind this one, but it was still "oh come on" moment. Then we have a few unexplained themes like this war that happened, what was it about? How bad was it? I wanted to know about this awful war but it was only mentioned a few times, boo me. The length of the movie did over do it just a little bit but nothing bad. Of course, the ending.
OMFG the ending to this film had me raging so bad. I mean like The Hobbit did, I'm not kidding I was nearly screaming and trying to wrap my head around it. The second movie needs to be made and soon because I can't wait for the next one!
So Divergent has been one of the better movies I have seen this year. It was an unexpected see and I'm more than happy to have seen it in theaters. So please, go buy our tickets and see Divergent because I want the sequel soon so do as I say PLEASE! The ending kill me!
I give Divergent an B+.