MY THOUGHTS ON DIVERGENT (Spoiler-free):
"The future belongs to those who know where they belong."
Neil Burger’s 2014 first installation of the film series adapted from Veronica Roth’s set of novels, Divergent, has proven to be the underdog in the current market. While the first Hunger Games of 2012 scored a 7.3 out of 10 on IMDB, Divergent has swung in a 7.6 (remember these are user-based). While the film has received mixed reviews from other sites and critics, (www.rottentomatoes.com, etc.) it has done surprisingly well in theaters and received strong positive feedback from audiences across the nation. I myself, admittedly, went to see the movie in theaters with extremely low expectations. I am not a reader of the books, and entered the theater with ambiguous feelings, but, hey, it was college night and my ticket was only $3.50, so why not. So, i’ll put my two cents into the pot. As a person who enjoys and appreciates film, I enjoyed the aesthetics of this film; the cinematography, scope, and many visual aspects. I wasn’t presented with anything particularly ground-breaking, but I did notice and appreciate the visual efforts put in from director Neil Burger and cinematographer Alwin H. Küchler. On the same note, the writing (although I’m ignorant of the correlation as it relates to the book) was better than I could have expected. Yes, there are the “romantic comedy moments” you’ll generally find in any other similar film series (Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Twilight) that will be cheesy, but yet, you’ll find that your attention is being held. Shailene Woodley puts forth a fantastic lead performance that I feel will only develop and improve alongside the progression of the series. From the point of view of any average movie-goer, I can say I was entertained the entire movie, and it was thrilling, and emotional, and intriguing from start to finish. The movie satisfies the action and adventure genres while providing a refreshing sci-fi environment where all of the intertwining drama can occur. While any film series struggles in quality at the hands of films with different systems of creative control, I can say that Divergent was a great first installment, and that I’ll be waiting eagerly for the next film in the series to come to a theater near me.