On Trial: Divergent and Insurgent [The Movies]

Posted April 2, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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I’m looking to expand the scope of my blog and so today I’m doing my first movie review. I don’t really plan for this to be like a regular thing. I watch a lot of movies. However, I think it’d like to review movies based off or inspired by novels.

Today I’m doing a double. This weekend I was in Chetumal, Mexico and they were showing Insurgent. But I can’t just do Insurgent so I’ll also be doing Divergent. So here goes…

Divergent
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Title: Divergent [Divergent Series #1]
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet
Writers: Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor (Screenplay) Veronica Roth (Novel)
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.

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My Impression

This was an exciting start to the series. I don’t like that a lot of people want to compare it to The Hunger Games. I think the only thing the two have in common are a female protagonist and a dystopian society.

The movie had enough going on to keep the viewers interested although the romance that sparked between Tris and Four seemed rather awkward. I think that was mostly because he was her instructor so everyone thought he was much older than her but he’s actually 18 and she is 16.

How it compares to the Novel

This first installment of the Divergent series stacks up pretty well to the book. I get that movies have to make certain changes to convey things in a way that would appeal to a viewing audience. However, there were a couple bigger changes that I didn’t think they should have done.

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Although there were differences between the novel and the movie it was still enjoyable and I’d still recommend it to others.

The Verdict

Highly Recommended

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Insurgent
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Title: Insurgent [Divergent Series #2]
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort
Writers: Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsmith, Mark Bomback (Screenplay) Veronica Roth (Novel)
Synopsis: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.

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My Impression

Ugh! I didn’t really enjoy this movie. However, my son and my cousin, who went to watch it with us, really liked it. I think having read the books really spoiled this one for me. There was some action but not nearly enough for me. Even though there was less action that expected the story still wasn’t explained in a clear way, and it left much to be desired.

How it compares to the Novel

There were just so many changes to this one. Huge changes that it totally spoiled my enjoyment of the movie.

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This movie was such a disappointment. There are so many changes here that I could write a book about it. After this point I really don’t know if I want to see the last [2] movies. It already pisses me off that they split the last movie into 2 parts. Now they’re changing up the story. I really enjoyed the evil of Jeanine and the story line in the novel but this movie lacks depth and seem one dimensional.

The Verdict

Recommended if you didn’t read the books

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