23 March 2014

{Movie Review} Divergent

By: Me My Shelf And I | 23 March 2014 at 11:38 AM | | | | |

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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you know that DIVERGENT came out in theaters this weekend.

I've not attended a midnight premier since The Hunger Games, mostly because as big of a fan as I am – dude I just can't stay up until 2-3 AM and then drive home. Wow, I am getting old…any way – I knew I coulnd't pull off the midnight showing for Divergent so I braved the crowds Saturday and took my nearly 10 year old daughter to see it with me. I went in very skeptic and expecting the worst. I'm sorry, Book to Movie adaptations haven't gone over so well lately…and I was ready for this to be a flop. Not to mention, despite the trailers, I was not sold on Shailene Woodly as Tris.

Despite the poor preview choices made by Summit (maybe it's the movie theater who picks them?) of having The Purge 2 leading things off for a movie geared at the 12+ book to movie adaptation..everything else was…well, perfect.

Shailene redeemed herself from the first moment, something I didn't expect at all,let alone so soon in the film. Ashley Judd couldn't have been more prefect for the role of her mother – and despite the fact that they are playing love interests in TFiOS….Ansel Elgort was, expected – an amazing Caleb!

Many had apprehensions of Theo James playing Four – he was never a worry for me as he was in a show I loved called Bedlam. It's a UK show – but if you like creepy shows and can find it, I highly suggest you watching it!

My favorite part of the movie – was the introduction of the Dauntless jumping the train and then the Dauntless running back to catch it after the choosing ceremony. The music was so perfect and I had a huge smile on my face as I was thrust right back into the book. I wanted to get up and run with them!! I give DIVERGENT 5 stars, I'm going to see it again – and not just because I missed Veronica Roth's cameo due to a candy mishap with the 10 year old…lol.

I really hope DIVERGENT beings in enough that the idea for a sequel isn't even a question. Since I didn't really enjoy reading INSURGENT, maybe the movie adaptation will visually show me what I felt I was missing.  I'm overjoyed with how they stuck so close to the book, something they don't do a lot, be it for translation issues from book to screen (which are necessary) or the fact they want to spin it and make it their own…(Vampire Academy anyone…). So well don't Summit, well done Veronica!

Did you see DIVERGENT this weekend? What did you think?

NewAmber

6 comments:

  1. I totally agree! I had so many reservations about seeing this movie, because of all the recent flops with the YA book to movie adaptation, TMI being one of them. Summit/LionsGate nailed this movie!!! I swear they have the adaptation touch. I LOVED Divergent! I can't wait to see it again.

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  2. I really loved it! It was so great & I apparently missed Veronica's cameo too... I hope I will get to go see it again!

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    1. At the top of the building, just before they are about to zip line - she's the first to burst through the door.

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  4. Yay! I am so happy to hear that you liked it!!! I am SO Worried!!! I have seen some of the early reviews and they weren't great. Then again, I don't often agree with movie critics anyway!! I can't wait to see it!!

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  5. I am so excited to see this now! I have been really thinking that Shailene couldn't do it (mostly because every time I see her, all I can see is Amy Jergens from Secret Life, and I kind of loathed her), but I have hope now, so thanks! I wish I didn't have to wait until next weekend to see it.

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