Release Date- March 21st 2014Director- Neil Burger
Cast- Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney
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.
To start off this review, I just want to mention that they showed The Fault in Our Stars trailer right before the Divergent movie. I just thought that was pretty awesome seeing both Shailene and Ansel in another role right before seeing them in this role. My friend Mary and I kind of freaked out when that showed!
Lets get on with my thoughts. First and foremost, I want to say this right in the beginning, I really enjoyed this movie. I thought it was a pretty great adaptation. It stayed so true to the book, and that was the one thing that everyone(I feel) was most worried about. I love how Tris(Shailene) had a voice over in the beginning of the movie explaining what the factions were and what they meant. I feel as though you didn't even need to read the book because watching the movie was just that(although I would highly recommend the book if you haven't).
The characters did such a fantastic job. I will admit that I was a little worried about Shailenes portrayal of Tris, but I definitely feel as though she pulled it off. Theo James, oh what can I say about him. I thought he was perfect. I think that I was one of the few people who thought Theo James would be a great Four from the beginning! And I was right! The connection between Four and Tris, well I kind of feel like it was there right from the beginning of the movie(like insta-love, which is definitely not how it is in the book). However, I believe I felt like that because I had already read the book so I already knew about the relationship. I feel like if I haven't read the book, it wouldn't have felt like insta love. Eric, played by Jai Courtney, was amazing. He had just the right amount of creepy, and hardcore-ness(yes I did just say that) and it was amazing to watch. Plus, I might add, he wasn't bad to look at!! It was great seeing Kate Winslet in the role of villain, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of her in Insurgent!
One thing that I felt could have been better were the secondary characters. I don't feel as though we got enough of a connection with Will or Al, so when the deaths occurred, I really didn't feel anything for them or the deaths. I really thought they were underdeveloped. With that being said, I know that you can only do so much in a 2 hour movie and I understand that they wanted to focus on the Tris, Four and the whole Divergent aspect. While we're on this topic, I definitely wanted to see more of a build up between the friendship of Tris and Christina.
One of the most important scenes, for me at least because it was the scene I was most looking forward too, was the fear simulation scene. Where Four lets Tris go into his simulation. I was so worried that they would mess it up, and although it was a bit different, I absolutely loved it. I thought they put it together so amazing.
Overall I really enjoyed this movie and am really looking forward to the others. As well as seeing Theo James in different roles in the future! Before I go, I also want to mention the tattoos. I loved seeing the tattoos on the characters. I definitely think they represented the type of person they are, or that they want to be. Each one was unique!