Divergent movie review

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I spent one of my days’ off from work going to the movie theater, and I saw Divergent. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was looking forward to it because the theme had to do with not fitting in and finding oneself.

The story telling was rather simple and linear. All of the facts were laid out one after the other. There was no active involvement required to get the story; in other words, I didn’t have to recall something from the beginning to get more out of the end. Nevertheless, it was nicely executed acting and cinematography. However, the one bad thing was the music. During certain scenes, I felt like I was watching a sappy Grey’s Anatomy episode because of how cheesy the pop music was. Then, sometimes the orchestra score contrasted this style so drastically that there was obviously a lack of continuous thought regarding the music.

I haven’t read the book and probably won’t has I have a backlog of more serious books to read, so I have no comparison for the characters. Probably the only real character development happened with the lead role of Tris, portrayed by Shailene Woodley who did quite a nice job displaying vulnerability and growth to the point it makes me wonder what her real personality is like.

Regardless of the simplicity of the plot, the symbolism made up for it. It’s quite clear that the story had a couple of main ideas to express. 1) the evaluation of classes, be it nations or classes within a nation, through the portrayal of factions as a necessary element of a dystopian society. 2) the various elements every ego encounters when defining its identity, elements such as judgment by others, fitting in while figuring out how to be unique, developing one’s fullest potential. 3) the evaluation of self-government and its relationship to the fundamental reason why to self-govern.

Overall, there are plenty of good big concepts to spark a good conversation after the movie, though this film did not evaluate each of these concepts in anything close to an entirety. They feel like that they simply have been considered by the author to be placed into the plot in fitting places. Overall, I’d recommend watching this film.

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