Alright, Initiates, we're gonna give the news to you straight because we feel that you deserve the truth from us. After watching Divergent come to life on the big screen (multiple times, mind you), we've come to a conclusion: the Veronica Roth book-turned-movie is one of the best YA adaptations we've ever seen. There, we said it.
While we hate comparisons, since all of our favorite young adult novels and series differ in so many ways, we'll say that the movie exceeds the translations of Twilight, Vampire Academy and The Mortal Instruments, but doesn't quite reach The Hunger Games or Harry Potter status. Just for a frame of reference.
However, not everyone's feeling the love. According to a bunch of
grumpy old movie critics, the film is a poor attempt at replicating the success of predecessors Twilight, Harry Potter and/or The Hunger Games. While we'd love to burn each of the following reviews, we thought we'd share them with our fellow Divergent fanatics so they can join us in telling these people to suck it. You can tell pretty much all of 'em never even touched the book…
"It betters Edward and Bella, but not by much."
"A movie so cold and monotone about its material that it plays more like an emotional concession than a full-fledged adventure."
"A painfully dumbed-down version of politics and human nature. It is exactly what you'd expect for a book aimed at 13-year-old kids… targeting the Twilight movie crowd."
"This late-to-the-YA-dystopia-party look like a meal that's been left out in the sun for a day or so."
–Honey Cutts Hollywood
"Haven't we seen this story before?"
"The uninitiated will need to read Veronica Roth's book to understand what's so great about Divergent, because the movie is aggressively mediocre."
"Divergent feels like nothing more than a lite version of The Hunger Games."
"In all candor, and with all the amity I can muster, Divergent is as dauntingly dumb as it is dauntingly long."
–Wall Street Journal
"It doesn't take long to get the sense that the filmmakers desperately want this to be the next Twilight, Harry Potter or Hunger Games instead of aiming higher and simply trying to be the first Divergent."
–Lyle's Movie Files
"It's impossible to ignore the overwhelming sense that we've seen all this before, only with better execution …"
"By the time it reached the 2-hour mark, I faced my own worst fear: the endless bad movie."
Whatever, the joke's on all of them as the Shailene Woodley-led flick took the #1 spot at the box office, nabbing $56 million in its first weekend. Eat it! What'd you think of the adaptation? Did it exceed your expectations, or did it fall short? Tell us your honest opinions in the comments below, or on our Divergent message board!
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