Divergent Movie Review: Which Faction Do You Belong To?
Do you ever find yourself confused and at a loss about where you truly belong? If only life were just like in the movies, we might just categorize ourselves in the same way that the people in the Divergent movie do.
This year, thousands of fangirls and fanboys are celebrating for the movie adaptation of the popular dystopian novel, Divergent, written by Veronica Roth. Divergent is set in the isolated city of Chicago, where people categorized themselves based on their personalities and beliefs. Their population was classified into five different factions: Amity, where people are known to be kind; Candor, who withholds the importance of truth; Erudite, where people are hungry for knowledge; Dauntless, who are fearless and brave; and Abnegation, who are selfless and compassionate.
Divergent Movie Review
The story revolves around Tris — a young woman with overflowing passion and exuberance — and her journey of finding and losing herself in the midst of the containment and restrictions of the society. When faced with the task to choose from one of the five factions, Tris finds herself fighting for what she believes is right.
Divergent, with a huge fan base all over the world, has been one of the most anticipated movies of the year. It has created such great expectations from the fans, that it is no wonder there has been a lot of mixed reviews for the movie after it came out. Although the cast and director of the movie have worked closely with the author of the book, some fans are still feeling a wee bit dissatisfied because they are very nitty-gritty with the details, especially with some of the scenes and the characters that were cut out of the movie.
Having read the book myself, I could say that the film was able to give the book justice in terms of adapting it into the big screen. While there were a couple of scenes slashed out, the essence and the intensity of the story were still there nonetheless. The emotions that the book was able to give were still present all throughout, as well.
Shailene Woodley did a wonderful job portraying the heroine Tris, giving the audience a fair share of bravery and softness. She was able to show how Tris evolved from being a wallflower to a ferocious fighter without overdoing it. Theo James, who played the role of Four, was a good match for Shailene. It cannot be denied that they really have the chemistry needed to make fans swoon and feel the romance in every scene.
Although the movie revolves around Tris and Four, supporting actors such as Kate Winslet and Jai Courtney were definitely outstanding, as well. They were able to give the audience the right amount of anger and rage to make things more spicy. Winslet, who plays the role of Jeanine Matthews, was very effective. She’s a brilliant actress and her portrayal as the film’s antagonist was nothing short of perfect. Australian actor Jai Courtney, who plays the role of the violence-loving Eric, was also very effective, with each of his character’s appearances causing great annoyance to everybody.
The movie also has a good soundtrack, with Ellie Goulding and Snow Patrol playing some of the songs for Divergent. Zedd, Tame Impala, and Skrillex were also featured on the official motion picture soundtrack, encapsulating the YA energy of the fans through their music.
What I like most about the movie, though, is that it is something that the book fans will appreciate, and something that the non-readers could also fall in-love with. With the success of Divergent, rumors are already out that Insurgent, the second book of the trilogy, will already be filmed within a few months time. I guess Divergent is following the steps of other movie adapted series like Hunger Games and Twilight. I hope that the producers will keep sticking to the books and keep creating films that the die-hard fans of the trilogy will not be ashamed of, though.
We would like to thank the UP Association of Biology Majors for having When in Manila attend their blocked screening at SM North EDSA. You may still catch Divergent on major cinemas nationwide.