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So I just saw this today and loved it! They stuck to the book really well and even though I had doubts about who they cast for Tris and Four, the acting was really good.

One thing I did think though is that if I hadn't read the books I probably would have been a bit confused during some points in the film. Does anyone else think that too? Or if you're someone who hasn't read the books did you find the movie easy enough to follow?

Another thing I forgot to add...I don't think they did a very good job at showing the relationships between Tris, Christina and Will. The fact that Christina and Will were dating wasn't highlighted AT ALL and in the next book that had consequences for Tris and Christina's friendship after Tris killed him so I think that's going to affect the next movie if they suddenly bring it up that Christina and Will were dating :/

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Re: Divergent Movie - April 6th 2014, 10:45 PM

I also saw it recently, and didn't really like it. I agree that Christina and Will's relationship was almost nonexistent, though I think I saw them kissing in one scene. Which was pretty weird and out-of-context in the movie, because A) no one points it out or says anything and B) Christina had never mentioned liking him at all, or showed any feelings towards him, and C) his character (and Christina's) were pretty much not there in the movie. Tris' friends (Al, Christina, Will, Uriah and the other Dauntless-born initiates, and Four) play a large role in the book. They don't in the movie. Tris and Christina's friendship is there, but is not as prominent as it was in the book. Tobias and Tris' relationship is there, obviously, but seems a little more random and out-of-the-blue. Also, there's no response to it at all. Christina might bring it up once or twice, but other than that no one really asks questions. But the tension and friendships between all the initiates are barely there at all. I feel like the movie cut out a lot of that stuff and kept all the action and most of the romance between Tris and Tobias.

Also, Tris' reaction to Al killing himself really bothered me. In the book, she is devastated, and was much closer to Al. In the movie, specifically during the kidnapping scene, I was having trouble remembering who Al was, because their frienship was like nonexistent. And it drove me crazy that Tris was upset over his suicide for about a minute, and then Tobias tells her it wasn't her fault, and she's fine. She brings it up maybe once (I don't remember if she does or not... maybe?). Wouldn't you be extremely upset if a close friend killed themselves? Wouldn't it take a little more than a comforting word from your sort-of boyfriend to make you feel better?

One last thing. The close-ups. The whole movie was like a super close up of someone's face. Oh. My. God. I get it. Shailene Woodley can act. While her face is fascinating, I would have like to see a little more of the scenes and other people and a little less staring up Tris' or Tobias' nose.

Anyway, to sum it up, it A) had underdeveloped characters, B) had too much action, not enough emotion, and C) had too many close ups. Other than that it was good. On the bright side, the acting was great, it followed the book, and it was fun to watch.

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Re: Divergent Movie - April 6th 2014, 11:28 PM

Personally, I didn't like it all that much. I was more pleased with it then I thought I was going to be which was a surprise.

I thought that if someone went into it who hadn't read the books would have been confused.

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Re: Divergent Movie - April 7th 2014, 12:55 AM

I loved the movie. I thought they did a great job being accurate to the book compared to most movie adaptions & I thought everyone was casted well. I was a bit disappointed that they changed a couple lines that made it a bit corny or that they didn't show some relationships very well, but I still loved it overall. I'm just hoping that in the next couple of movies, they don't make any love triangles, considering there weren't any in the book but they seem to be popular in movies these days.
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Re: Divergent Movie - April 16th 2014, 12:16 AM

Personally, I didn't like how they acted out the fear landscapes. Tobias was teaching Tris how to get through his landscape instead of her guiding him. Tris' fear of intimacy was made apparent with an attempted rape scene. That scene could've caused serious distress within someone, and I don't think that twist was needed.
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