Sunday, April 20, 2014

MOVIE Review: Divergent

Hi Movie Lovers!

Today I will review about the Movie Divergent. 
This review contains SPOILERS, so read at your own risk!

Lucky for me, my friend managed to get the tickets for us and another 2 friends to watch the premier of Divergent in New Zealand. And I was SUPER excited! The book* was great, so I was having high expectations for this movie!

*Divergent was based on a 2011 novel, Divergent, by Veronica Roth, and is the first of the trilogy 

Title: Divergent
Premiered at 2014
Director: Neil Burger
Lead Actors/Actresses: Shailene Woodley as Tris
                           Theo James as Four/Tobias
                           Jai Courtney as Eric
                           Zoë Kravits as Christina
                           Maggie Q as Tori
                           Kate Winslet as Jeanine
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Romance
Movies With the Same Genre: The Hunger Games, The Great Gatsby

Theo James
Shailene Woodley

3.5/5 Stars

To people who doesn't have any idea of the story line: 

Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another - for the rest of their lives. 
Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. 
Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn't fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves... or it might destroy her.

First, I have to say that the movie left out a lot of stuff that I liked and is important in the book, here is a list:

The Dauntless initiate who dies on the first train ride
In the book, a few Dauntless initiates have trouble with the first train ride to headquarters — one doesn’t make it on, and another is hanging off the roof. The most tragic, though, is the nameless girl who actually falls to her death before making it to headquarters. The nameless girl wasn't on the movie.
This is quite important because it shows that Dauntless is a dangerous place and you have to move on. The film doesn’t always maintain that sense of immediate danger.
Quote from the book: "We do dangerous things and people die. People die, and we move on to the next dangerous thing. The sooner that lesson sinks in, the better chance I have at surviving initiation. I’m no longer sure that I will survive initiation."

This character doesn't exist at all in the movie, and I wasn't the only one that was quite sad about it. Leaving out Uriah in the movie was something Veronica Roth didn't prefer as well, as she told Vulture's Jennifer Vineyard at the premiere: "I understand why they didn't have time for him because they wanted to establish a core group, but hopefully he'll be in the second one. But I was sad."

Christina and Will’s relationship
You can see them kind of hanging on to each other at one point, but otherwise this romance is completely... gone in Divergent's movie.
This is quite important because Christina was hugely affected by Will's death in the second book, since they were dating. Maybe the second movie wouldn't have Christina's grief, or how it affects her relationship with Tris, but if they do, then they missed out a lot in the relationship between Christina and Will

Ben lloyd-Hughes (Will)
Zoë Kravitz (Christina)

Honestly, I thought the actors were really good and I want to give an applause to all of them for being so good with acting the relationships with the characters. At first I was quite worried about Shailene Woodley portraying Tris, but I was so pleasantly surprised with the result!

Thanks for reading everyone!
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