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…
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.
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.View Spoiler »Tris’ mom doesn’t sneak to visit her when she goes to dauntless compound. There was actually a visitation day and her mom went to visit her and her dad went to visit her brother. « Hide Spoiler View Spoiler »There was no mention of how horrible her parents were to make both their children leave and go to another faction. This was one of the main things that Peter used to get on her case about in the book. « Hide Spoiler View Spoiler »The second to the last scene where Jeanine, Tris, and Four meet doesn’t involve Jeanine. She is actually at the Erudite compound when Tris goes to save Four. « Hide Spoiler
Although there were differences between the novel and the movie it was still enjoyable and I’d still recommend it to others.
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.
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.View Spoiler »There is no stupid box to open some secret left by the founders. Those in government already knew about the founders and the purpose of the experiment. Jeanine was scared of change and so she made sure that no one else had a copy of the video and stored it on her personal computer which was off the network. « Hide Spoiler View Spoiler »There was no new technology to help them identify who the divergents were and in truth Tris was no more special than the other divergents at this point. « Hide Spoiler View Spoiler »While at the Erudite compound Tris is subjected to different experiments that Jeanine wants to conduct on Divergents including a new and improved simulation serum that should work on divergents. « Hide Spoiler View Spoiler »Tris could not shoot guns since shooting Will at the Abnegation compound and so that whole getaway scene with her shooting at Eric could not happen. « Hide Spoiler View Spoiler »Peter is assigned to Tris and so the two of them end up having talks. He starts feeling more guilt about her sparing him and this eventually leads to him helping her escape. « Hide Spoiler View Spoiler »Christina is not the one under the simulation when Erudite forces them to jump of the ledge. Also it was a building not a ledge. And it was Uriah’s girlfriend who dies. Uriah has a small role in the movie when he and Tris where pretty good friends. It makes their conversation a bit awkward to me. Kind of like he’s flirting with her. « Hide Spoiler
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  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.
Recommended if you didn’t read the books