A movie review for a change!
Director: Neil Burges
Writers: Evan Daugherty (screenplay), Vanessa Taylor (screenplay), Veronica Roth (based on the book Divergent by)
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet
Release date: 21th of March 2014 (USA)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
I haven’t read the story. Despite hearing so much positive regarding it, I’m still not interested in the plot (or anything dystopian for the matter) enough for me to take up the book. So, a movie is a great alternative for people like me who are curious, but not nearly enough to invest the time in reading.
Well, I kind of liked the movie, it was more engaging than I though and I was more sucked into the plot than I expected. On the surface, this is a great coming of age tale with decent action, intrigue and plot twist of bigger and smaller size. I also liked the romance, the emphasis is of course on everything else, but I thought it worked well and was sweet, despite it having a somewhat of an insta love-like taste.
BUT, from the negative side, the more I think about the plot and the whole basis for the fraction system and how incredibly flawed and how many holes there are, then my enjoyment level also decreases. But, I guess, if you don’t get too detailed and don’t want to go in too deep into this world and how it functions then I can’t deny that I had lots of fun watching this and others probably will as well.
Also, the beginning of the movie was somewhat boring, the typical training/fitting in/getting to know the characters period that isn’t anything new in YA, but can get somewhat stale after some time. Nevertheless, in the end when the pace picked up, then oh boy did it pick up. So many things started happening all at once and before I realized, the movie was over. From the other side, I appreciated the length of this movie and the initial detail oriented take, it enabled things to progress and the watcher to understand everything necessary to have the story reach its audience.
The movie didn’t feel rushed. My highlight? The soundtrack! I haven’t in a long time heard such an amazing score. All the songs are spot on with the content of the movie and actually really good songs. Some I already know and was pleasantly surprised to hear them included in this. Also, the way all the music was incorporated to the movie and what was heard in which scene was nicely put together. Everything fit and really enhanced the intended emotion in each scene. And by the time Ellie Goulding started singing in the end, I was more than sold.
Needless to say there were some notable names acting in this: Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, etc. Each of them to me were successful in portraying their characters, but no one really stood out to a higher level (I guess there wasn't much opportunity either). But that’s not always a bad things, what’s important is that I bought them in those roles and that’s that.
I also have to admit that I liked Shailene Woodley and am glad that she was cast instead of some gorgeous skinny young Hollywood beauty. She is, of course, a good-looking girl, but not that conventional and I’d even say she is more cuter than beautiful and, honestly, I actually prefer that more. Tris was, however, slightly dull and your typical special girl in extraordinary circumstances who didn’t really seem all that exceptional – at least to me.
I’m in-between giving this a three or four, leaning more towards four. But in the honor of the character Four, I’ll give this a higher rating. But, yes, it’s was a surprisingly good movie and I have to admit I enjoyed it more than The Hunger Games movie that this often gets compared to.