On Monday, 3/17, I had the luck of the Irish on my side. Thanks to Sandie, my fellow YADC group member, I was given an opportunity to attend the early screening of Divergent, which was scheduled for the following evening. NOTHING was going to keep me from getting in for that screening– not the weather (which caused the first scheduled premiere not to happen…#SNOW), nor rush hour (I live about an hour away), would stand in my way to get my first taste of Theo, er, I mean this film.
Tuesday, I had Divergent on the brain all day. I decided I’d represent the Erudite Faction and wear the color blue for the premiere. (NERD ALERT!) I completed my Erudite look with the aid of my trusty Divergent make-up kit (which is sold at Sephora).
After my 50 minute commute, I met up with Markella (another YADCer) at the Regal Majestic Stadium 20 in Downtown Silver Spring, MD, and in we went, giddy with excitement. As we waited to be allowed into the movie auditorium, we were able to scope out the swag table and snag a few Divergent-themed goodies!
Swag in hand, we entered the auditorium and secured some pretty sweet seats in the Press section. I kid you not, I was bouncing in my seat with excitement. Soon, it was showtime. During the movie, it was easy to decipher who in the theater had read the book before seeing the movie. Listening to the crowd reactions was highly amusing. The gasps, the sniffles, the laughs– they were all good vibes, and all exciting. As for me, I had a smile on my face the whole time as I sat through 143 mins of pure awesomeness. When it was over, I wanted to watch it again. Markella and I proceeded to have a non-stop gushfest from the second we stood up from our seats, until the moment we departed on the elevators to get back to our cars.I also proceeded to send out many incomprehensible voice messages to friends, as my fangirling levels were at a high. I felt like I was coming off of an adrenaline rush from all of the excitement of the day.
I had a blast!
Let me start off by officially saying: I LOVED THIS MOVIE! (As if you couldn’t tell from my event recap, haha.) Now that that is out of the way, let’s talk about my review of the Divergent movie. I promise not to give anything away, nor spoil things for you. I’ll break it down into categories, so that way, you can skip the things you don’t wanna know/see, and jump to the ones that interest you the most.
I bought the soundtrack last week, before getting to see the movie. When I listened to the tracks, I wasn’t really sure how the soundtrack would fit in with the movie. Sure enough, after the movie was over, I found myself turning to Markella to say how much I liked the music. Both the instrumental score and songs from Snow Patrol, Ellie Goulding, ZEDD, and M83 really helped with setting the right tones for scenes within the movie.
Here are a few of my favorite songs from the soundtrack:
The colors, the costumes, the sets: GORGEOUS. As with the book, members from each Faction are easily identifiable by the colors of their attire. The colors were so vibrant, and the styling was on point. I truly felt like the images I had in my head while reading the book, translated onto the screen. Sometimes I feel like costume design can make or break a movie (in my opinion), and in this case, it added yet another dynamic that made this movie great.
I am a pacing whore. Pacing is everything when it comes to books and movies. I lose interest in things that in my opinion, take too long, or move too fast. There has to always be a balance. Pacing is very important when the content of a 500-page book has to be condensed into a 2 hour movie. Sometimes scenes have to be added, altered, or cut from the script, all in the name of pacing. This is when book peeps start getting nervous, cause we are worried that our favorite moments may not make it into the movie. Well, let me just say, that the changes that were made for the sake of the movie, were few and far between. Everything worked so well with keeping the pacing smooth and enjoyable. Not too fast, not too slow, and at no point did I feel like the movie was dragging, or that I couldn’t keep up. When the movie was over, I didn’t even feel like I had just sat through 143 mins of cinema.
NON-STOP. My heart was racing even when the actors were sitting still. My adrenaline was pumping the whole time. The visual effects and the choreographed action sequences were stimulating and believable. Though, in my opinion, they could’ve been bloodier…but I get that they have to think of the children. Always think of the children.
The Veronica Roth Cameo:
That’s right! In case you weren’t aware, the author of Divergent makes a cameo! Don’t blink, or you may miss it. Markella didn’t catch it, but I’d know my Veronica Roth anywhere #stalkermode. If you want to know at what part you can catch her cameo in the movie, click here –>View Spoiler »After the capture the flag game is over, and Tris leaves with the Dauntless-born members to ride the zip line. When they reach the roof of the building, the very first person to come through the door is the one and only, Veronica Roth! She looks fabulous decked out in her Dauntless gear! « Hide Spoiler
OMG. The acting. OMG. I was completely riveted by every word that came out of the actors’ mouths. The performances across the board were incredible. If I had had any apprehension before about the casting, they evaporated the moment the movie started. Even the extras were fantastic. Though I loved all the performances, I wanna talk about the ones that stood out to me.
Shailene Woodley. Giiiirl, she brought the strength, passion, and attitude that was worthy of Beatrice “Tris” Prior. I’m buying what she’s selling. I don’t care what anyone else says, she is officially my Tris. That girl can act. I was absolutely floored by her performance.
Not gonna lie, I was really worried about the casting of Zoë Kravitz as Christina. Christina is a pretty important secondary character in the books, so I was hoping that Zoë would work that role well. She did a great job. She brought the funny, and she had a great chemistry with Shailene onscreen.
There’s no other way to put this, but Peter’s character is an A-hole. An instigator. A bully. Actors who play the villain always get my attention. I don’t know what it is about Miles Teller, but I was crushin’ HARD during this movie. My only gripe I have about him, is that he wasn’t in it more. He was PERFECT as Peter. He was rude, sarcastic, condescending, and ruthless…and to me, he looked good doing it, too.
JAI. COURTNEY. Where have you been all my life?
I was blind, but now I see. *licks lips* I’m so thoroughly distracted by this photo that I lost my train of thought. Where was I?…ERIC. Yeah. Jai was fantastic as Eric. I didn’t know if I wanted to shoot him, or bed him. But I can tell you, that he properly exuded Eric’s sadistic personality. I loved him as Eric. He was also lovely to look at. (OM NOMS)
Augustus…oops, I mean, Ansel Elgort was great as Tris’ bro, Caleb. Especially in the earlier half of the movie. As with the book, he wasn’t in much of the movie, but he made the scenes he was in, count. My eyes were drawn to him, and his performance commanded my attention. I’m not going to lie and say that I wasn’t chanting “Augustus Waters” in my head over and over each time he’d show up on the screen, but when he opened his mouth to deliver his lines, all thoughts of The Fault In Our Stars fled my mind.
**I’ve saved the best FOUR last…**
FOUR!! FOUR!!! FOUR!!
Ok. Ok. Ok. I’m drinking the Kool-aid. I’m completely SMITTEN with Theo James.
What’s my name again?
I promise you that it wasn’t just his looks that had me hooked…but I can guarantee his looks will get him EVERYWHERE. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, he is too old to be playing the role of Four. To be technical, Theo James is almost 10 years older than Four is in the books. I know this fact is important to the purists like me, but that does not matter where his performance is concerned. I am almost convinced that his sole purpose in life, was to play this role. (Ok, fine. That was a stretch, but seriously, his performance was that good.) Theo will easily win you over as the mercurial, yet lovable, Four. He has a presence on screen that demands your attention (not like your attention would’ve gone elsewhere), and even though Four’s character normally has a stoic and almost detached way about him, Theo was still able to bring a new dimension to the role. I’m completely on board.
Keep an eye out for our wedding invites, y’all.
4 Things I Loved About Four (Theo):
1.) His mouth.
Yeah…I was always drawn there. I told my buddy Kayla last night that I’d watch Theo on mute, or in a silent movie. His mouth needed it’s own role in Divergent.
Just look at those lips in action:
What is he actually saying? I don’t care. All I know is that I wants that mouf. Look at his teeth!….MESMERIZING!
2.) His Strength.
Like, he could totes pick you up as the train speeds by, while simultaneously cradling you in his arms.
3.) His Kiss.
“If you wanna know if he loves you so
It’s in his kiss”
“Ain’t no particular sign I’m more compatible with
I just want your extra time and your kiss”
*MAJOR SWOON* I kid you not, I giggled like a school girl anytime I thought Theo’s mouth would be used for kisses. I couldn’t help it. I’m 31-years-old, and I was reduced to the maturity level of a sixth grader. Honestly.
4.) He’s so thoughtful.
When Tris asks him about his tattoo she sees poking out of the top of his shirt, he is polite enough to ask:
Is that a trick question? Pfft, of course we do!
Mama likey a lot.
Despite my fangirling, my obsessing, and my lusting (here’s lookin’ at you, Jai/Miles/Theo), there were some things that I didn’t like. Like, for example, there was a particular character not in the movie…View Spoiler »URIAH–who was in the movie by way of being a name on the initiates ranking list, but not physically represented by an actor. « Hide Spoiler The negatives were far outweighed by the positives where this movie is concerned. As far as movie adaptations go, I’d rank it VERY high on my list. I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to see this movie last night. Having been a fan of Divergent LOOONG before Veronica Roth was a household name, I felt like this has been a process that was 3 years in the making. When I read Divergent back in 2011, I remember thinking, “I could totally see this being a movie”. The world building, the characters, the story– all of it screamed “FILM ME”. Even though I wanted to see it on the big screen, I still had my reservations about how well it could be executed. As readers, we tend to have a love/hate relationship with Hollywood, and more often than not, movie adaptations fall flat or pale in comparison to the books we love. This was a perfect example of the kind of harmony that can be find between Hollywood and the book world, and I think that fans of the book will come away feeling pleased. Thumbs way up!
Now go forth, and enjoy the show!
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