Divergent: Book + Movie Comparison Review

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Title: Divergent 
Director: Neil Burger 
Screenplay by: Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor
Release Date: March 21, 2014
Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ (8/10)

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From IMDB


In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.


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My Review: 


I went on Friday to watch Divergent, the new film adaptation of the popular best selling book of the same name. I've read not only the first book, but the entire trilogy, thus watching the film was going to be an interesting experience. I know what happens at the end of the series and the fate of many characters and with the Divergent series, the events that unfold in the first book impact the characters and the world around them and there's a definite sense of before and after these events occur. 

I had low expectations since a lot of the clips looked good but on the other hand, I saw a few clips that didn't impress me as much and all these clips could be just clever editing.


The final Divergent trailer and my personal favorite since it actually explains what's going on to people who haven't read the book instead of everyone wondering how Tris can magically crack glass with her finger.

Walking into this movie with low expectations, I have to say I really liked it! It captured the same feeling I had while reading the book which is the most important thing I look for in book to movie adaptations and while it wasn't perfect, it's few hiccups were easily overlooked and forgotten.

The hardest aspect of adapting a book series and starting a movie franchise on said series is that the first film has to explain everything to an audience who has not read the book without over explaining and alienating the audience. The film starts with a monologue from Tris, played by Shailene Woodley, briefly explaining how her society works which works to make the viewer understand but not info dump all at once.

The pacing of this movie was overall really great, although rushed at the climax and the end. I loved how they showed the dauntless and seeing them on screen made me feel the same way when I read about them in the book. The changes I saw made sense with what the movie was trying to accomplish in terms of pacing and word-building and none of it detracted from the source material. 

I really liked how Four brought Tris into his fear landscape and that it was not only a way for him to open up to her, but also to teach Tris how to disguise her divergence and what Dauntless stood for. My favorite scene, though, was the ziplining scene considering what happens in Allegiant and that Tris just looked so damn happy and full of joy. 

Overall, Divergent the film is just like the novel it was adapted from: fun and entertaining. I would definitely recommend it!

Check out my book review of Divergent and the rest of the series here

What did you think of the movie Divergent? Comment below! 




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