I will admit for the past several years I have been on the young adult trilogy and saga bandwagon. It began with a “vegetarian” vampire family living peacefully in Washington, which turned into a poor, young woman fighting an evil government on live television, which then became a teen boy and girl in a small, Southern town fighting a curse upon the females in her family, that ultimately became about a young woman daring to leave her family, push herself against all odds, and fight a system that was corrupt. I cannot tell you which of these series was my favorite as they all appealed in one way or another, however I did devour the dystopian society books.
I read Divergent in a weekend. It was so riveting, and I wanted to read the book before the movie came out. This past weekend I went to see the film Divergent all by myself. It was great. The popcorn was great, the giant Coke was great, the miniature Snickers were great, being by myself was great, and the movie was great. So very often these movies fall short of everyone’s expectations. They tweak the storyline to fit the time allotted, the characters do not fit the vision we created, and/or they leave too much out.
I did not feel like that at all. This movie totally lived up to the hype I created about it. The main characters were tough, good-looking, and, dare I say it, had a ton of sex appeal. Tris and Four seemed genuinely attracted to one another, and it was not awkward or strained. They really had nothing keeping them apart. He did not flinch away from her because she smelled overly delicious when she entered the room, and they were not faking or denying their attraction for the cameras. That in itself was a refreshing change of pace.
The other aspect of the film I greatly appreciated was the balance of action and non-action scenes. Some of the fight scenes were pretty gritty and I found those hard to watch, but they did not last long and the scene following was generally less intense. I also appreciated the fact that Tris knew she belonged in Dauntless, the faction she choose for herself, despite unclear direction and male figures in the faction trying to dissuade her. She was strong and courageous and those traits really appealed to me. I love the fact that she did not need her family’s approval, or anyone else’s. She was who she was and she was not trying to please anyone else. I can honestly say this movie did not disappoint me like Twilight and Beautiful Creatures did. In my opinion they got this one right and I am very excited for the second movie, which is to be released in late 2015.