It’s book vs. movie time. This is the first of three posts dealing with Veronica Roth’s Divergent series and its adaptations. So let’s get down to business!
Living in a post apocalyptic Chicago, Tris is a member of the Abnegation, one of the five faction society compromises of. Well the Abnegation are selfless, Amity are peaceful, Candor honest, Dauntless brave and Erudite intellectual. However, Tris’ life is about to change drastically as on choosing day she will leave Abnegation to become Dauntless. But will she fit in there?
Book vs. Movie:
I’ll kick it off with some thoughts on the novel. The Divergent series was one of the big YA hits of the last years, but I didn’t enjoy it exactly as much as apparently everybody else.
To be honest, I didn’t like any of the characters. Most of the time Tris is an annoying brat – either complaining or whining. Four is quite stereotypical and the whole love-story between them is absolutely unnecessary.
You get the picture, it’s definitely not my favorite book.
So, when I watched the movie I had my hopes up for some improvement. Sometimes a novel I didn’t like ended up as a pretty good film. However, in this case I was disappointed. First of all, the distinction between the factions was barely existent. While in the novel Roth made an effort to distinguish them down to little details, in the movie the only way to tell is by looking at the color of the clothes. When it comes to behavior, speech or even gestures it’s almost impossible to tell the factions apart. Furthermore, Shailene Woodley had about zero expression in this flick. I’ve seen other films with her and know that she can do better but here nothing came across the screen. The chemistry between her and Theo James was also non-existent. In general the cast, was a bit of a disappointment. The usually divine Kate Winslet seemed pale and had no depth at all. Naomi Watts was cast as Theo James’ mother but looks like his sister which is absolutely unfitting.
Although I didn’t really enjoy the book, the movie was even more of a let-down. It’s confusing and shallow instead of improving what the novel had to offer.
Did you read the book? Watch the movie? Let me know in the comments what you think!