Perpetually, I’m the last girl who has opportunity to get my fangirl on for popular cinema, such as Divergent. With this said, I’d like you to accept my thanks (in advance) for indulging my gushing. I have no one who cares to listen to said gushing (because family/friends don’t know why the heck I like dystopian), so Internet, you’re nominated.
Divergent (2014) Film Review
The society in which young Beatrice Prior lives is one of rules. Rules no one can break or challenge. Divided by five fractions, Beatrice (Shailene Woodley) is of the Abnegation fraction, the fraction that never turns away the fractionless; they help the less fortunate, refuse to give in to vanity and are also the government of the system. Upon coming of age, every child must take a test to determine which fraction they belong to; who they are. Beatrice’s test reveals a dark secret: she’s Divergent. The one fraction who pose the biggest threat. She can be whatever she wants.
Warned not to trust anyone by one of the protectors (Maggie Q), Beatrice doesn’t know who to trust with her secret. Following her heart, she along with her brother, Celeb (Ansel Elgort) chose different fractions, leaving their parents (Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd) heartbroken. Becoming Tris in her new identity, the freedom of Dauntless is at first exhilarating. But Tris soon learns that if she wants to survive – and bury her secret, she’ll have to fight harder than ever to fit in. Hunted by a fraction leader (Kate Winslet) and forced to trust in the help of Four (Theo James), a mysterious member of Dauntless, Tris uncovers a larger fight is just over the horizon
Okay… wow. I absolutely love this film. The story isn’t one I knew going in (I know, you have my permission to be sufficiently dismayed), however that didn’t stop me from enjoying Divergent. There is something “different” about it for a dystopian. When it’s put down to basics, it really is just The Hunger Games, but different, yet – dare I say this? – way better than Suzanne Collins story. The writing is far more fragile than anything else I’ve seen in dystopian. Everything about Divergent is spectacular – the stunts, the costumes, the story and most importantly the cast.
Way back before she was a name, I knew who Shailene was. This from the American Girl film Felicity. This makes it fun to see what she stars in as an adult. She plays off Theo well (more on the characters down the page) and the supporting cast is equally brilliant; seriously, I don’t think there’s any one weak link person. There’s veteran talent and fresh new faces, all of whom step up their game to embody already famous roles. If there is a more perfect cast, I don’t know who it is.‘DIVERGENT’ (2014) #FWarchives #Movies Click To Tweet
Something I did notice halfway through is how “quiet” this film is. It takes its time building up the excitement of its action, using the time well. Because of this uptake, some may think this 2+ hour film is “boring.” It doesn’t bore me. Instead, it transports us into the story. It’s really the “little things” that structure the fuller picture of this film; not just in the quieter storytelling, but also in how the characters come to be. May I just say thank you to whomever (Veronica or the scriptwriters/actors) made sure a teen, dystopian, fill-in-the-blank romance – for once! – is anything but angst-y? If I had to pick merely one thing about this movie to love, it’d be the romance. Its way more swoon-y than many of its peers without all the drama and it involves one of the more tender (teen) romances I’ve run across.
The production is brilliant. I love everything about the “less important” details from the special effects to the fight sequences, to the script. Everything clicked and created a kind of magic I don’t often experience from this type of film. Between its characters; this heroine has a personality and let me tell you, we need this, and the emotions that run through the script, all of the hype for this one is solid. Easily, this is my favorite flick of the recent films in its class, plus it’s just darn entertaining. That’s good enough.
PS random movie trivia; Shailene has starred with two of her fellow co-stars in two separate films. First she stars with Miles Teller (Footloose) in The Spectacular Now, and then this past year appears with Elgort in The Fault in our Stars. Only in TFIOS they play boyfriend/girlfriend, whereas here they’re siblings. (Also, more trivia, Teller did try out for the role of Four, didn’t get it then they would offer the role of creepy Eric, before he eventually accepts the role he ultimately plays.)
You can find Divergent digitally on Amazon Video
CONTENT: Tris enters several stimulations, in one of them she briefly imagines a man forcing himself on her (we see his hand under her shirt before he throws her on the bed). There’s some kissing, though mostly any problematic content will be found in the violence – many people are shot and killed [three of which are emotionally impacting], non-graphic. There is also some hand-to-hand combat that gets rough along with some tense moments. One character commits suicide, and there’s references to others who someone murders. This film is PG13.