So my movie review that I filmed is being persistent in not uploading so I thought I’m going to just write to you what I said on it. I’ve split the review into non-spoilers and spoilers so don’t see the spoilers if you haven’t seen this incredible movie yet. In the spoiler section I will be making reference to the changes in the book so just be aware of that. So here’s my review on the amazing movie of Divergent.
I’ve seen Divergent twice now and both times I was amazed at just how amazing it was. I felt like I was right there next to Tris as she went along her journey. The scenes were done so well and the cast was amazing. Theo James, the actor who plays Four, is English which I didn’t know. He did an excellent job of putting on an English accent. Shailene Woodley was the perfect Tris. She just was Tris. She could evoke emotions so quickly. You could tell what she was feeling just by looking at her face. The movie gave me such as rush and made me want to live in their world. After it was done I ran to McDonalds with my friends and as we crossed the road I yelled out “Dauntless baby”! It just made me want to do what the Dauntless did, to live as they live. It truly was an incredible movie and if it doesn’t win an award I’m going to be very mad! If you haven’t seen the movie yet turn away because spoilers are coming up.
The film opens up with a sky view of the crumbling city. In the corner on the ground they had written Chicago which spoiled Allegiant a bit because you weren’t supposed to know that it was Chicago. Then we have a monologue from Tris which was really good and she explained the faction system. It went through each faction and showed their symbol in such a creative way! For Erudite it was zoomed into a persons eye, for Amity it showed a tree and for Abnegation they showed the people holding hands. I loved that they showed the faction symbols in such a creative way instead of just having them on the screen.
Then we see Tris as a little Abnegation girl running with the Dauntless. Because she wanted to be a Dauntless. Then it cut to her sitting in a chair as her mother cut her hair (that rhymed). She was looking in the mirror and her mother was asking her if she was nervous. I loved this scene because it gave us the first look as how Edith Prior was and how much she loved her daughter and wanted her to feel safe.
The next scene was the aptitude test scene. This was one of my favourite scenes in the book and the movie did it quite well. The aptitude test was shorter than it was the book but it was done well. This scene was were we first meet Tori. I love Tori in the book but her character wasn’t shown much in the movie which really irritated me. Tris drank the serum and was in the same room but there were all these mirrors. We then see another Tris come up to her and say “choose” and then signal to the bowls. In the book it’s just a voice but I liked that it was Tris is the movie because it was one mirrored reflection of herself that was saying that. Then Tris, obviously, defied the command and had nothing the fight the dog with. In the book she gets down on all fours and tames it but in the movie she gets down and it turns into a puppy. I actually liked that it turned into a puppy because it showed her Divergence more. It showed that she could change things with her mind that she wasn’t supposed to. She then sees her younger self and the dog changes back and chases it. Tris runs and jumps on the dog and then comes back to reality, where Tori tells her she’s Divergent and sends her home. Tris seemed very annoyed in the movie that the test didn’t tell her what to do which surprised me because if it was me I would be more surprised to find out I was something called a Divergent.
After the test we see their home in the Abnegation compound. The houses were a lot plainer than I imagined. They were just plain square grey houses whereas I imagined them as normal houses filled with things. My imagination was obviously wrong in this instants. Anyway, we see Tris living unhappily in her plain life and get the first feel for what it’s like to be an Abnegation.
Then it comes to the choosing ceremony. In the choosing ceremony we meet Jeanine Matthews. Kate Winslet portrayed Jeanine and she was perfect for the role. She executed the perfect amounts of evil but at the same time kindness to make you feel conflicted about her character. They went through the list and Caleb was up and he chose Erudite and even though I’d read the book I still felt the sharp stinging pain that he was abandoning his family. Then Tris was up. She wavered for a minute between the bowls and then picked Dauntless. When the choosing ceremony was over and all the Dauntless ran out of the building. Tris ran with them and we could see that she belonged there. She was smiling and looked so happy and free as she ran along beside them. Then they all stop and start to climb poles up to the train tracks and Tris just stands there for a moment. I was sitting in my seat thinking “come on Tris, you don’t want to get left behind.” She didn’t get left behind, of course, and she ran alongside the train and jumped into it like everyone else. Then we meet Christina. Zoe Kravitz was Christina and she was perfect. They had to jump of the train and they were like “together” and I just died from all the feels.
Then it comes time to enter the compound. Their all standing around and Eric goes “whose gonna jump first” and I was like “Tris! Tris is gonna be first”. She jumped and then we meet Four *sigh full of longing*. The way they met wasn’t as weird as it looked in the trailer. He asks her name and she stalls for a second so he says “is it a hard one?” That line made me laugh so inappropriately. It wasn’t even that funny. Then she says her names Tris and we cut to when everyone has jumped. Dauntless born go with Lauren (I think) and transfers stay with Four. He shows the compound and we get our first look at Dauntless life. He shows them where they will live and if it was me I would feel so uncomfortable. The dorms are unisex and the toilets and showers are all open.
Then we had the training. After the initial training we had a monologue type thing of Tris training alone and getting better. So we had her running and fighting and shooting the guns. We also saw her throwing the knives and I was a little disappointed that we didn’t have the scene where she just practices first she was just immediately good at it. That scene was amazing though and it included the knife throwing scene with Four which is one of my favourite scenes. Al was standing there and I could see the thought forming in Tris’ head and then she just called out “stop! Anyone can stand in front of a board it doesn’t prove anything”. And then she had to stand there and Four threw the knives and it was just so amazing. Then he nicked her ear and you can see the emotions start to boil over but she held them in to maintain her dignity which showed such strength in her character.
The fight scene with Peter was really emotional. She was just getting thrown down so much and then we saw Four walking away from her perspective and all the feels were flying! Then she gets knocked out and wakes up days later and finds out she was cut. I was sad when they told her she was cut because she looked so sad. Then they’re on the train and Tris comes running up and Four helps her on the train and then Eric says “who let you out?” And Tris just goes “I did”. Oh it was so good!
Then we have the capture the flag scene. This is one of my favourite scenes in both book and film. They made it more of a war game in the film whereas in the book that wasn’t explained as much. Tris and Four climbing the Ferris wheel was so adorable I thought I would die! It was so funny when Four said “are you even human Tris?” Then they spot the flag and there was the war scene when they’re all shooting at each other. That was a really good scene and Tris gets the flag. I liked how Christina didn’t steal the flag off of her like she did the book, she just held it up with Tris.
Then Tris went zip-lining. This was my absolute most favourite scene in the film. It was done so incredibly well. I thought it would zoom past that scene really fast but I felt like I was riding it. We see Tris fly through all these buildings and it just made me feel like I was Tris in that moment. What I don’t understand is why the brake is right by your back so it’s hard to reach. Like I know they’re Dauntless but still! I spotted Veronica Roth in the scene which was awesome. I think the guy who invited her zip-lining might have been Zeke but I’m not sure.
Next is the scene when Tris was attacked, and this scene was really stressful for me. Peter was one of her attackers in the book but it didn’t show him so I didn’t hate movie Peter as much as I did book Peter. We did see Al though and I felt so much disgust for him in that moment. But Four came to the rescue and she stayed with him. Then the next day when she’s eating with Christina Al comes up to her and I was just thinking “How dare you! How dare you talk to her!” But Tris said it all herself when she said “If you ever come near me again I will kill you!” The emotion in her face was so powerful and so sad that I felt so many feels. Then Al killed himself which actually annoyed me. He killed himself and then Tris thought it was her fault. How selfish can you be! Then Four found out she was Divergent and took her into his fear landscape. It made a lot more sense in the movie as too why he took her in. In the book he was kind of just like I love you, come see my fears but in the movie it was more like I need to teach you how to do things the Dauntless way, come see my fears. In his fear landscape I felt the fears he was feeling especially in the claustrophobia scene. I would hate to have something compress against me and it was just making me feel disgusting and ugh. His fears were portrayed really well though. I think it’s after that that Tris and Four kiss. That was such a passionate moment and it was so adorable. She saw his tattoo and then they kissed and oh the feels! It was very cute though.
Tris’ end fear landscape didn’t have as many fears in it that than in the book but it was still a really good scene. We had the bird fear and the burning alive fear, then the drowning, the intimacy and shooting her family. We didn’t have the last fear though which was the weird black shapes but I suppose that would’ve been a little tricky to do.
Then after they got into Dauntless they got injected with a serum. She woke up in the middle of the night and everyone was being zombie-like but as she was Divergent it didn’t affect her. I was like “come on Tris follow everyone else, do you want to die?” But she followed what Christina was doing and went through the motions like everyone else. She was trying to find Four and when they were in the carriage she worked her way towards him and he held her hand and it was so romantic. Then we saw him breathe out this big sigh of relief and that was so lovely.
Then they look for her parents together and when they exit Four gets stopped by Eric and he holds a gun to his head and says “tell me if this hurts” and then Tris points her gun and says “why don’t you tell me” and then they’re just locked in this gun stand-off thing. Then she shoots Eric and they escape for like 5 seconds and then are captured. The Tris is taken to be shot and Four to be tested. It is so heartbreaking to see them be pulled away from each other but Four keep looking back at her like he did. With such love and fear in his eyes. Then Tris’ Mum comes and saves her and that was so awesome!
When Tris had to shoot Will I cried. In the book it wasn’t that sad for me but in the film it was. She was just trying so hard to get him to wake up and it was just heartbreaking to watch. It was even sadder when her mum died. But not because she died. Because of Tris’ reaction. Shailene Woodley’s emotion in this scene was so intense that I could feel what she was feeling. She was calling out and you could hear the crack in her voice and it was just so sad.
Eventually she had to leave and she went and found her Dad and Caleb. When she saw Marcus you could see the genuine disgust on her face and I just wanted to punch him. To make him feel the pain he made Four feel for years. They infiltrated Dauntless and that was awesome and when her dad died I wasn’t that sad. I was feeling the emotions that Tris was feeling and she didn’t seem that sad so I wasn’t that sad. It was still sad though.
Then there’s the scene with Tobias when he’s under the serum. It was done so well because we have this whole fight scene and Tris flips him over with her legs and it was just done so well! I loved the moment when she held the gun to her head and said “It’s okay, I love you. I love you, it’s okay.” Then he recognised her and it was just so amazing. Then they fight together and that was awesome.They face Jeanine and make her shut down the program and she refuses but they reject her with the serum so that she had to. Jeanine was so upset that it was shut down but then Tris and Tobias have to run away cause the guards are coming and they have to leave their friends which is really sad.
In the last scene we start with them jumping on the train. Tobias was hanging on the side and Marcus asks for help and I wanted Tobias to leave him there. He didn’t though which sucked. The Tris comes up and is like “I got this” and Tobias says “I know you do” and then scoops her up anyway and holds her. Then we see them on the train and have a last monologue part with Tris and she says how they have no home and will have to start again and her and Tobias are standing together and it’s just so adorable.
So that was it. The amazing movie Divergent. I absolutely adored it from start to finish. For a first movie it was incredible because usually first movies aren’t that good. Divergent was so incredible though that I felt like I couldn’t breathe.
Signing off, Charlie.