So Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity and I went to see Divergent together and thought it would be a good idea to discuss it together! And so, Happy Eternity Discussions was born. I hope you guys enjoy our discussion, stay tuned for more in the future!
Jeann: So I did a lot better with my second time of watching Divergent, this time I actually told myself to concentrate on the movie instead of staring at Four going GUH. How did you go with your first time watching it?
Chiara: Weeeeellllll Theo James is incredibly sexy. I mean everything about that guy is just asdfghjkl. The face, the lips, THE VOICE. I had a hard time concentrating on things whenever he was in the scene but hey. I tried my best!
I must say that I liked it. There were a few things that I guess I’ll talk about later on in this discussion that I think could have been improved upon, or things that were missing that should have been in it but weren’t. But overall I quite liked it, and thought it was a pretty good book to movie adaptation. Unlike some others of recent times. *cough VA cough*
Jeann: OMG THE VOICE. He’s seriously sexy, and appeals to women of all ages (I wasn’t an Edward, Jacob or even Peeta or Gale fangirl but THEO). I loved it when everyone was screaming and whistling when Theo took his shirt off, go fangirls!
ANYWAY to save this from being a “fangirling about Theo James” discussion, I noticed that Veronica Roth was one of the Executive Producers of the movie. Probably why this adaptation was a lot more faithful to the book than other recent movies. I thought the casting was done really well, although I wish they introduced the secondary characters a lot better. What is with Will, Al and even Peter looking kind of similar?
Chiara: The voice is too deep. I cannot concentrate on anything but the deep voice. *flails* And yes he totally appeals to all ages! I think it’s because he’s not uber young. HAHA YES. The ‘woohoo’s were definitely hilarious. I am a silent admirer, though. Just stunned in my seat.
HAHA. A Theo James appreciation post would be epic!
OH GOSH LIP LICKING.
Okay, okay. Back to the movie! I think her involvement probably had a huge hand in making the movie quite by-the-book. I know if I wrote a book and it was being turned into a movie, I’d demand some kind of active involvement. If not: no movie. I just don’t see how authors could let someone take away and change their baby. D:
The cast was done quite well, although Janine was NOTHING like I had imagined. But overall I was quite happy with the choices (even if the whole brother and sister in one movie, lovers in the next thing was awkward as heck). Oh yeah I definitely agree that there was little to no introduction for the secondary characters. AND YES. I was like: you all look the same *narrows eyes at movie screen* I seriously had no idea who was who, to be honest. XD
I was actually really disappointed that they took out the bit where Tris throws her jumper at Peter. I think it really shows that she’s not going to take crap from anyone, and in the movie it kind of made her look too meek. I mourned the loss of that little kickass scene, because I think it was important to show that Tris HAD some bravery and actually did fit into Dauntless.
Jeann: OMG STAHHP! …what were we talking about again?
Theo was the perfect Four, he was sexy, snarky, broody and totally badass.THIS is the sexy, broody Four that we know, not the whiny one from Allegiant. Shailene was also the perfect Tris, she embodied Tris’s strength, bravery and vulnerability really well. I like her because she seems really relatable on the screen. I’m not sure whether the chemistry between the two was convincing enough though, or it was pulled off only because they were both really good actors. But that’s ok because most of the time we’re staring at Four, haha.
I knew who the main secondary characters were mostly because of the scoreboard. I wish they had picked more distinct looking ones though. I actually really enjoyed Kate Winslet as Janine, she has that cold, intelligent, sinister edge to her. Yeah, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort being brothers and sisters here and then lovers in The Fault in Our Stars was really weird, especially since the trailer was shown right before the movie.
I only noticed the second time but the all the taunting about Tris being a stiff actually all came from Peter. Peter, Eric, and to an extent Molly were all appropriately assy and you hated them from the start. I wish there was more of a focus on the other initiates though, seeing others’ fear landscapes would have been cool and great for character development. I actually think the effect of the jumper scene was shown on how Tris shot him at the end, but would have been good to have as well.
Chiara: Oh don’t spoil me! I still haven’t gotten around to reading Allegiant yet, but I was semi-spoiled … in a NON REVIEW POST THAT WASN’T EVEN ABOUT THE BOOK /end rant/.
Oh gosh I did not feel the chemistry between them at all, haha. Like, I remember when Bella and Edward kissed in the first Twilight movie and like holy dooly sexual tension much but there was none of that in Divergent. But I guess this story is more than just a romance, so perhaps it was on purpose?
I did like Shailene as Tris, but to be honest, I am not particularly keen on her as an actress. I’m not exactly sure what it is … but for me, it seems like her style is very aloof. Like: yeah, I’m acting, big deal. Which sounds mean but I am harsh when it comes to movies!
I eventually realised the subtle differences between the secondary characters, but I definitely think that the choices should have been more distinct. Just to avoid confusion. It was SO WEIRD. Like *shudder* I think that the YA movie industry is just re-using people WAY too much. But that’s a discussion for another day 😉
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