Divergent Movie Review by Lisa Parkin of Read-Breathe-Relax March 4th
Okay, not a major movie critic, but I found her comments interesting and promising...
"I loved the movie! I LOVED IT!! It is not perfect. It is not exact to the book, but it is fantastic. I think this could turn around the whole YA book-to-movie fail that’s been going on with Beautiful Creatures and City of Bones.
Dauntless stole the show, you guys. There are so many amazing moments that I wanted to see played out, and they were done SO WELL in the movie.
It was just as adrenaline-pumping as the book, if not more so, because seeing people jump off a train, over a huge gap and land onto a gravel-topped roof is pretty freaking cool.
And, Veronica was right. The fear landscapes were so cool to see. How they imagined Tris escaping them was really interesting – especially what is the trigger for her realizing it’s not real. It’s subtle and ties in a few different themes.
PLUS – Watch out for the zip-lining scene! Veronica makes a cameo at the top of the building! How adorable is that?!?
The Divergent movie was fantastic. I was pleasantly surprised, and I genuinely think fans are going to love it. If you’re the super nit-picky type, you may be a bit frustrated with a few changes. However, if you can separate the book from the movie just a bit, I think you will see what a great job they did. FOUR, AHHHH!!!! Bonus, tickets for the Divergent movie are now on sale!!"
2nd review, and more detailed review, by Lisa Parkin from Huffington Post:
As a longtime fan of any book series, there is often trepidation when you hear your favorite novels are being made into movies. This is because... well, we've seen what can happen.
You can either get The Hunger Games version, which is pretty true to the books and one of my favorite book-to-movie adaptations yet, or you can get the Eragon version. If you don't know what I'm talking about then think about keeping it that way. Definitely read the book, but just skip the movie. Forever.
So, when I got the chance to see an early screening of Divergent at the Orlando red carpet premiere, I was definitely excited. But I was also nervous.
Would the cast really embody the characters I imagined in my head? What would be cut or changed, and would I mind?
The short answer is: I loved it. Although I didn't mean to copy Divergent author Veronica Roth's own reaction to seeing the movie, I can't help it. It's just true.
I think it's important to consider a movie apart from its book. Obviously they are a package deal, but for the mental sanity of any hardcore book fans, this is a good practice.
The cinematography of the movie is beautiful. Divergent is set in a futuristic version of Chicago, and I'm sure natives will be thrilled to see their beautiful city looking CGI-tastic and a bit emptier.
I think the casting was spot on. Shailene Woodley really embodies the spirit of Tris, the young girl who's trying to make the biggest decision of her life and is thrown some serious complications.
Plus, Theo James as Four was just brilliant. He simply IS Four, and manages to capture the tough exterior of the character while showing that Four does in fact have a softer side (it's true!).
As a Divergent book fan, there are so many scenes you cannot wait to see played in real life outside your head. There are so many amazing moments in the book -- those Dauntless know how to keep their hearts racing -- and all my favorites not only made it in but were performed beyond my wildest imagination.
Not wanting to spoil anything for Divergent newcomers, I'll share more details for other book fans on my young adult book review site, Read.Breathe.Relax.
As I continued to watch the movie, I kept thinking that it reminded me of how much I loved the book when I first read it and how the story delves much deeper than a simple coming-of-age tale.
It's about family and choices and wanting to feel like you belong. It's about community and our innate fear of being alone. And most importantly, it's about fighting what's expected to be who you really are.
This is a film that will inspire viewers to pick up the book immediately after watching it.
"...We’ll have a full review up later this month, but what we can say for now is that we really enjoyed the movie. While there are a few changes in detail from the text, Divergent stays true to the spirit of the book. We think you’re all really going to enjoy it. We can honestly say that watching Divergent was truly the perfect end to an indescribably amazing night. We can’t wait for the Insurgent Chicago premiere!"
At the Atlanta Divergent premiere last night, fans waited for hours for a chance to see the film’s stars – Shailene Woodley and Theo James. When the pair finally arrived, fans went wild with deafening screams. As I looked out into the sea of fans, I couldn’t help but realize – this film will be the next Twilight – the next Hunger Games. With such a large and passionate fan following already, Shailene and Theo have to be thrilled with the fan reception!
Though the event could only truly be described as utter madness, it did make for some awesome photos (which we have below)! After the red carpet, we made our way into the screening. I’ll have my full review of the film coming March 21st (The day Divergent actually hits theaters), but I will say this – I loved it and I think fans of the book series will love it as well.
I will actually be interviewing Shailene Woodley and Theo James this afternoon – so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more Divergent updates!