Book to screen adaptation: Divergent

3 years ago

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Here's the skinny and I will try to avoid any spoilers. I give the book to film adaptation **** (four stars).

"How awkward is it Shailene Woodly (Tris Prior) to be standing in the room with your past (Miles Teller from: The Spectacular Now, as Peter), present (Theo James, Four/Tobias), and future (Ansel Elgort, Augustus Waters in The fault in our Stars, as Caleb Prior) cinematic intimate relations?"

As for the movie: Divergent is an action packed thriller with enough violence to last until the next Transformers movie. I am up in the air if there was too much of it versus story line, but with the decline of the books I would say it was probably a good thing. At this point Hollywood will not spare us of the emotionally inept feeling we got while reading the final installment.

I felt the romance between Four and Tris was not equally portrayed in the movie. Flirtatious glances are about all the insinuation of a spark; going from cold to sultry in the blink of an eye. Peter seemed a bit soft, not as douchey as he was in the book. As for those of you that loved Uriah, well he has about five seconds in the movie and no name. The set for Dauntless HQ was all wrong. Edward also is left out of the cinematic adaptation (no eyeball stabbing with a fork). The control room scene was nothing like the book, being that in the film Jeanine (Kate Winslet), and other Erudite are there. But I will say the fight scene between Four and Tris was kick ass and made the movie worth the two and a half hours. I didn't feel the resentment in Four upon facing Marcus (Ray Stevenson) that I had expected. In the end the parents do die. And Peter, Caleb, Marcus, Four, and Tris take the train to Amity.

Clarice Mersi

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