Rating: 3.25 of 5
My rating of Divergent would make it seem like a nice, average, run of the mill kind of movie. But if you read my full review you’ll see it’s actually a slightly impressive adaption. Because apparently YA books are hard to adapt.
But what Hollywood is finally figuring out (how many adaptations later?) is that the thing you need to do is let the movie deviate from the book; let it breathe and stretch and be a movie instead of a visual enactment of the book. Kel and I have been saying this for ages – you have to just make a good movie first. Catching Fire and Divergent actually manage to do it. They aren’t made to cater exclusively to the whims of the fanbase – they can stand as good movies completely apart from their source material.
Which should actually be the goal, right?