Divergent (Rated PG-13)
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller
Directed by: Neil Burger
Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: Normally I’m the person that has to read the book before seeing the movie. It’s just the way my mind works and it’s worked out well for me. I definitely have stood by the age-old, “the book is better.” I broke my own rules with Divergent. I’ve been in a wicked reading funk for about a month now and I wanted to see if the movie was any good.
So, I rented it through Redbox and watched it on the couch with my dog curled up next to me. Then I became obsessed. I’m not using that word lightly either. I ended up returning it to Redbox and re-renting it about 5 minutes later. Then I went on Amazon and bought it. I have watched this movie about 5 different times in a four-day span. I even convinced my parents to watch it and they liked it.
The acting was pretty good. In fairness though, I usually have pretty low expectations for movies based on books (especially if they’re dystopian). Shailene Woodley and Theo James have some pretty awesome chemistry as Tris and Four. I will admit that it was a little like watching a reunion between Woodley and her former co-stars. Miles Teller played a great/annoying antagonist as Peter (he starred opposite Woodley in The Spectacular Now). Ansel Elgort was a pretty awesome big brother, Caleb (he starred opposite Woodley in The Fault in Our Stars). It took a minute for me to adjust to Elgort and Woodley as brother/sister, since they just recently played a very believable couple in The Fault in Our Stars.
The scenes and special effects were incredible. I suppose my expectations were a tad higher here, since the Hunger Games manages special effects like they’re child’s play. If you really know your architecture, I’m sure you could nit-pick your way through the movie. I don’t, so I just enjoyed everything served up to me on the silver screen.
I know what you’re thinking; there’s no way she liked Divergent. Well, as it happens I absolutely loved it. Granted, I did NOT read the book first, the movie was still spectacularly awesome! I would highly recommend Divergent.
5 out of 5 Popcorn Buckets = I loved it so much that it finally got me out of my reading funk and made me want to read the book.