I finally got around to watching Divergent. I was at home the other day, and under the weather, and decided to watch a movie. I haven’t actually sat down to watch a movie in a while. I really just haven’t had the time.
I didn’t want to see this movie in the theater because I knew it was going to be just another teenage drama. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth is written for teenagers and is another teenage dystopian novel riding on the fame of The Hunger Games series. I read the series, I thought it was alright. It wasn’t earth-shattering, but it’s better than most literature for young people floating around these days.
In the future, everyone is divided into one of five factions. You’re born into a faction, but when you reach a certain age, you’re tested. Your test will reveal what faction it is advised that you go into, but you can chose any faction you wish. Tris is from abnegation and it’s time for her test. Her test goes wrong though. She has three faction results, which is impossible, officially. Unofficially, Tris is what her proctor calls divergent. Tris is told to keep her head down.
Tris chooses the Dauntless faction at the choosing ceremony. Both she and her brother choose on the same day. He also leaves Abnegation for Erudite. Dauntless is the faction concerned with keeping peace. They’re strong and deadly. Erudite is the faction concerned with the science of the city.
Tris learns that her new life is not easy. She must train hard and no one expects her to make it, but she becomes determined. She has a friendship with her trained named Four. He is named Four because he only has four fears. They become closer as the training progresses. Tris’ divergent abilities make it easy for her to get out of mental simulations. Divergents run the risk of people secretly murdered so Tris has to keep her head down. Once she’s in, something terrible happens. Erudite plans to overthrow Abnegation which runs the government. Tris and Four step way out of their bounds to stop genocide.
Ashley Judd is not someone you would ever imagine holding a gun, but there she was, holding a gun. Maybe I haven’t seen enough of Ashley Judd. I’ve always liked her though.
The main difference between the book and the movie is one of lack. There was a lot lacking from the movie that was in the book. Tris only gets one tattoo in the movie. There is so much background information missing. Tris is allowed visitors in the book; in the movie her mom sneaks in.
What I liked
The CG of a ruined Chicago was pretty good, especially that whole zip line sequence.
What I didn’t like
This is another movie appealing to teenagers. There is nothing wrong with being a teenager; it’s a phase of life, but my goodness, teenagers are stupid. I’m sorry; they are. I will be the first one to admit that I was stupid when I was a teenager. You think you’re awesome when you’re a teenager, but when you grow and mature some more, you realize you were kind of an idiot.
This movie appeals to the teenage mentality. What does a teenager want to do? What fantasies does a teenager have? Move away from home at sixteen? You betcha. Live with others your age? You betcha. Overthrow the government? You betcha. Get an older boyfriend with tattoos? You betcha. Show your parents and all your friends you left behind how awesome you’ve become? You betcha. Make your brother feel bad about being a loser? You betcha. The whole movie was one big-long teenage fantasy.
While I have explained in my reviews of the books that the ideas behind the Divergent series are very serious, the movie doesn’t necessarily touch on how serious those ideas are. The movie skimps over the important parts of this story and appeals to teenagers. Teenager this. Teenager that.
In the end, it is a teenage book and the resulting movie should theoretically appeal to teenagers, but they could have classed it up a little.
They took this story which had the potential to be a serious commentary about our society and about humanity and turned it into a movie of doing things teenagers all fantasize about and taking away that gritty questionable parts of the story that made it so edgy.
That girl who was Tris, not really a fan. I also don’t really care one way or the other about Four. The person whom I liked the most in this movie was probably Ashley Judd or the tattoo artist, I forget her name off the top of my head. I wasn’t really drawn to any of the movie characters. They can all go fly a kite for all I care.
There is some violence; it’s not bloody violence though. In other words, it’s not very gratuitous. They completely skipped the part about somebody getting stabbed in the eye. I think there might have been some cussing, but I don’t recall any. There is no nudity. Essentially, you can watch this movie with your kids, I mean, if you really want to.
This movie just wasn’t meaty enough.
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