Following true to my pattern of being the last girl on earth to watch the popular blockbusters, I took normalcy a step further with this popular blockbuster hit. I
bought a copy of Insurgent its first
week to DVD and waited… and waited …and, well, you see the trend. Finally, last
week I put it into my laptop,
snuggled in and hit play.
FILM REVIEW: Divergent (2014)
left off, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) and her gang of Dauntless rebels
are in hiding among one of the fractions. Tris is haunted by the choices of her
past, including the blood on her hands and the death of her mother. It doesn’t
help that fellow Dauntless member, Peter (Miles Teller) taunts her about everything. Taking a bit
of control, Tris chops off her hair and tries to keep her boyfriend, Four (Theo
James) from discovering she is still suffering nightmares. Freedom doesn’t last
long and close on its heels is discovery when fraction leader
Jeanine (Kate Winslet) finds Tris and her friends.
(Ansel Elgort) and Four set out to find the rest of Dauntless, all of whom are scattered
about the fractions. Only Four is the one who winds up surprised when he is
forced to take shelter with his mother (Naomi Watts), a woman with an agenda of her own…
reading the books, I probably have a different perspective than most fans. I
remember when this played in theaters fans were crushed over the divergence the
script took from the book. These many months later, while finally watching this
(in two parts), I can say, I still easily
prefer this YA dystopian story to The
Hunger Games. I can get behind this one more and feel more invested in the
characters as well as the romance. Then there is Katniss, who is far too staid to feel much for
though I do understand why she is
that way. Tris has more fire, more personality and though she may run the
wrong way at times, at least she’s inciting a change with a purpose.
virtual reality. Like our protagonist,
once this section begins, we have to pause and wonder whether what we’re seeing
is real or imagined, most often it’s the latter. The primary reason I adore
this franchise (as films) so well is because of the romance. I feel like Four’s
and Tris’ romantic liaison is more settled and mature than more young adult
novels give us. Do they fight? Yes. But I never feel like I’m about to combust
because one of the parties is keeping their feelings a secret or they’re being plan and simple stupid. Theirs is a relationship with more wisdom than its peers
and for that alone, I have to give this series props.
But naturally, this film is about more than romance. It’s about a young heroine with unique powers,
and a bleeding heart that makes her stronger as she makes every effort to give the innocent voice
and freedom. I don’t know what differs from the film vs. book storytelling, but
just doing a Google search will reveal multiple headlines signifying Movie Insurgent’s infinite differences from
Book Insurgent. I thought the story
it told was… good. It had a plot even if it played more like a bridge between Divergent’s explosive introduction and the
third film (part one adaptation of the final book Allegiant.) The cast and characters are both extremely interesting.
I’m most intrigued by Peter with his flip-flopping alliances and cannot help
but love-to-hate him. One character disappointed me, but no one in the cast
seems a weak link. Theo and Shailene lead what is, really, a brilliant cast.
While watching this, I was reminded how funny it is to know that Shailene has played
leading lady to two of the men in this film; Miles and Ansel (The Fault in our Stars), who she now
plays sister to.
adaptation. Though I cannot say those of you who were fans of the book will
feel any warm fuzzies for this. It worked nicely in my opinion because it gave
Tris time to grieve, to consider what her life had been. She came away stronger
(hopefully) and is ready to walk into what she’d like to believe is a better future.
Naturally that’s not likely what is in store for our heroine, but I feel like
this script did have a purpose whether it followed protocol or not is
irrelevant. There is a time and place for creativity, and I do applaud this as
a film entity. I feel like I’d even admire this had I read the book because
generally I respect creativity. Though not as spectacular as its predecessor, Insurgent has plenty of “wow” moments, and slower yet equally
important poignant tearjerkers. It helped drive and sell the characters which is
more than some word-for-word adaptations can say.
What did you think of this movie? Do you like the idea that part one and part two of the finale now have two separate titles? Share any of your thoughts on this series down below.
undress and kiss before the camera cuts away, all without catching anything
graphic. There is a scene or two of an unmarried couple lying in bed, sleeping.
There is plenty of “violence” or fighting though again, nothing is overly
disturbing; people are shot with sleeping potions, others are forced to commit suicide. Multiple virtual realities
involve tense situations and people free falling through the air. Hand to hand combat
features in the film’s primary action scenes. The film is rated PG13.)