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Review: Divergent (film)

It’s taken me a while to get around to writing this review but I’m glad I’ve had time to think about what I liked and didn’t like about the film. I was excited to see what they would do with Divergent because I read it a little while ago so was looking forward to being reminded of how much I liked it. 

I was impressed with how closely it stuck to the book. There may have been small changes that I didn’t notice due to not remembering all the small details of the book but it seemed to stick to the story well. I really enjoyed the small details that were kept in to explain larger or future plot points. For example, I liked when Tris made to defend the boy who was being bullied in the queue for the Choosing ceremony and how Caleb stopped her. A small thing but it helped show why she might have wanted to join Dauntless. Also the bit where she just looks at a factionless person on the street after she has taken the aptitude test spoke for a couple of plot points - Tris’ reluctance to be as selfless as Abnegation requires and her society’s fears about being factionless. You can see that thought went into setting up the society’s extremely structured system. 

I’m guessing this may be a pretty unpopular opinion (I haven’t read any reviews yet…) but I didn’t think that Theo James and Shailene Woodley had much chemistry. I’m sorry! Four and Tris are a good couple in Divergent because they challenge each other and their developing relationship is great to read but I didn’t really feel this came across. The only time I felt much emotion from them was their fight scene towards the end, (I don’t think that’s too much of a spoiler.) Shailene was a really good Tris though. I don’t really know what I expected but she brought out Tris’ rebellious spirit and made it seem like Tris was a fun character to play.

The film is quite like the book in that there is a lot of action and it felt very fast-paced. I think this worked for the film but it might have been nice to see a few more quieter moments, such as Tris talking with Al to set up the reasoning behind why he turns on her later.

I’ll look forward to seeing what they do with Insurgent…

Rating *** 3 stars

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Here are some photos I took at today’s Divergent premiere in Leicester Square. I was by the area where the stars arrived and got out of their cars. Theo James, Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley and Veronica Roth all spent a long time signing autographs and posing for photos before heading down the rest of the red carpet. Shailene looked stunning in a blue dress, I didn’t get a good photo of that. It was a great atmosphere, everyone was very excited and the stars gave as much time as they could to the fans before being lead away. It was a very fun day! I have a few other photos on my phone which I’ll post too.

Very excited to see the film, hopefully going on Friday!

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I went to the Divergent fan experience at Leicester Square today! You could do activities like rock climbing and target practice and then get tested and put into a faction. My friend and I took the test and I got Divergent (shhh, don’t tell anyone or I’ll be in danger, you know how this goes…) and she got Abnegation so we were feeling very like Tris! Then they gave you faction tattoos which was very exciting. The people running the event were very into Divergent. I was impressed. They were all dressed in leather and tattoos and looked perfectly Dauntless. There was also Erudite people overseeing the test who threatened to come and find you if you were Divergent. One woman asked me my Dauntless name and I was not prepared for this so just told her my actual name, she was not impressed. I should really have prepared for these questions. It was a very cool experience and there were lots of people having fun Divergent-style! The premiere starts at 2pm tomorrow in Leicester Square so head down early to try and do some star-spotting! Very excited to see this film now, I also may have bought the Divergent movie companion which looks cool. Did anybody else head down to the fan experience today?

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First Look: Shailene Woodley faces knives in ‘Divergent’ — EXCLUSIVE PHOTO | EW.com

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And in true Shailene Woodley fashion, she manages to look both vulnerable and like a badass at the same time, which is why I think she’s an awesome Tris.

Oooooh, now I’m excited! Hopefully we’ll start getting more and more pictures of Divergent soon. So many YA adaptations at the moment to keep track of!

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Divergent Casting News! Theo James is FOUR! (Just in case you hadn’t heard the Divergent fandom exploding…) 

I’m really pleased with this casting. I watched him in Downton Abbey and in A Passionate Woman. Particularly in APW, which was a BBC tv series in 2010, I was impressed with how good an actor he was. I think this was his first major role and he was brilliant. He’s also pretty easy on the eye which is an added bonus…

He is a little older than I imagined but so many people playing teens are older than you think so I imagine clever costume and makeup wizards will make him look closer to Four’s age.

Really looking forward to this movie now!

Divergent Casting News! Theo James is FOUR! (Just in case you hadn’t heard the Divergent fandom exploding…)

I’m really pleased with this casting. I watched him in Downton Abbey and in A Passionate Woman. Particularly in APW, which was a BBC tv series in 2010, I was impressed with how good an actor he was. I think this was his first major role and he was brilliant. He’s also pretty easy on the eye which is an added bonus…

He is a little older than I imagined but so many people playing teens are older than you think so I imagine clever costume and makeup wizards will make him look closer to Four’s age.

Really looking forward to this movie now!

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