Movie Review: Divergent

KC LONGLEY. Associate Editor

Every year, people of all ages can look forward to a blockbuster movie hitting the theaters that they had been anticipating since finishing the novel.

It happened for a decade with J.K. Rowling’s critically acclaimed Harry Potter series, and again with Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. People all over the world are currently experiencing levels of excitement as they await for the final installment in Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games series, Mockingjay. The newest movie stirring up a lot of reviews: Divergent, based off the novel by Veronica Roth.

The movie hit theaters on Friday, March 21 and within the first weekend swarmed the box office with $56 million.

Fans of the novel have been waiting to see the film for months, hoping it matched up with their expectations. While the film overall stayed true to its inspired novel, changes were made for the movie, both good and bad. The novel, based on a dystopian future where teenagers must choose what faction to live in for the rest of their lives, was chock full of moments of violence. This fact was not seen in the on-screen adaption, understandably due to trying to stay true to the PG-13 rating.

However, the novel was also complete with non-stop romantic moments, which had been a vital part of character development for main character Tris Prior, played by Shailene Woodley, and love interest Tobias Eaton, played by Theo James. After seeing the film, audience members discovered that a lot of these moments they had cherished in the book had been cut out. However, this is understandable due to them being time consuming.

“I thought it was a pretty good representation of the book. They cut out a lot of romance scenes which I guess is good for a male audience,” senior Jessy Pellegrino, who saw the movie opening weekend, said.

When speaking of the movie, some people take notice how many relationship moments were cut out, which had been a vital part of character development for main character Tris Prior, played by Shailene Woodley, and love interest Tobias Eaton, played by Theo James.

Aside from small changes like romance or violence, the final moments of the film were different from those of the novel. Without giving any spoilers, the suspenseful moments Roth wrote in the final chapters of Divergent that had readers on the edge of their seats were altered for the film version. Those who have yet to see the film shouldn’t worry, for the film version is just as exciting and interesting.

No matter the changes in the film, the cast of Divergent and their acting left an impression on viewers. “I wasn’t expecting the actors to fit the roles as well as they did, but they proved me wrong,” senior Molly Adea said. “The acting was phenomenal, and I actually believed that they were their characters with how natural the acting was.”

After seeing the film myself, I am incredibly pleased with it. I have had the same complaints as many others. I miss the cute romantic moments between Tris and Tobias, and I admit the

ending in the film had me shocked, but these differences didn’t lead me to dislike the film. I believe the actors played their parts to a T, and the way they channeled their emotions in certain scenes is what really got me to enjoy it.

For these reasons, I was excited to learn, and as equally excited to say, that the sequel to Divergent , Insurgent, is set to hit theaters in March of 2015, along with the final installment, Allegiant, set to hit in March of 2016.

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