Yesterday, Corey and I saw Divergent. I’ve been wanting to see it since it came out, but I hadn’t read the book yet and I wanted to read it first. Since I finished the book last week, I thought it’d be fun to see it for our date night.
Before I had read Divergent, I had heard mixed reviews, but mostly good things. I wasn’t surprised that I liked it too because I usually follow the norm in those things. The idea of factions fascinated and scared me. I felt like Tris did in not knowing what to choose.
Once Tris chose, I loved the detail in her initiation. I loved seeing how the inside of her faction worked, especially when she compared it to her old one. And, I especially loved how she and Four got closer together and became allies and friends.
Four’s personality, especially held me captivated as I read Divergent. I loved learning about his background and who he was since he was so secretive in the beginning.
I also liked the emotion I felt in this book–the fear of not belonging, not becoming something, losing family and those you love; the excitement of experiencing something different; the exhilaration of accomplishing the impossible; and the determination to prove yourself.
I had heard the movie was good from other friends and the trailer looked promising. I ended up quite enjoying the movie. I thought it was very well done.
I liked the actors they chose to play the characters. Shailene Woodley and Theo James were perfect as the two main characters. And, I loved seeing Ashley Judd as Tris’ mom and Kate Winslet as Jeannine Matthews. The actors really brought the characters to life. They helped make me feel what I felt while reading the book. And, in the case of Tris’ parents, the actors brought them more to life than they were in the book.
I really liked the visual effects, especially during the simulations. It really brought the characters’ fears to life. Even though I knew what happened, I was on the edge of my seat just simply because of how well things were brought to life.
But, the movie did fall flat when compared to the book in a few areas. I didn’t like the way they changed the chasm in the pit. I liked the idea of the river and water more than just a deep abyss. Peter didn’t seem as menacing because they cut out one of the main scenes with him in the book. I didn’t like that Tris got “cut” and then accepted again because I don’t think Eric’s character would’ve ever allowed that, even if she showed the gumption she did in the movie. And, even though it was necessary with the things they left out, I didn’t like how Four’s and Tris’ fear landscapes were changed.
By itself, though, the movie was fun and entertaining. I’m really glad I saw it and I’m glad I saw it after I read the book first.
Have you read the book and seen the movie? What did you think? Which do you like better?