Divergent Movie Review


Divergent Movie Review

As we all know, the much-anticipated movie adaptation of Divergent by Veronica Roth came out just this past week. We have heard many mixed opinions about this movie, so this weekend we went and watched it for ourselves.

Before we get into our own opinions, let’s talk stats. Here’s this week’s box office totals:

1. Divergent* — $56 million
2. Muppets Most Wanted — $16.5 million
3. Mr. Peabody & Sherman — $11.7 million
4. 300: Rise of an Empire — $8.7 million
5. God’s Not Dead — $8.6 million
6. Need for Speed — $7.8 million
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel — $6.8 million
8. Non-Stop — $6.3 million
9. The LEGO Movie — $4.1 million
10. Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club — $3.1 million

Obviously, Divergent dominated this weekend, but compared to some other wildly popular franchise launches, Divergent’s success was so-so. The first Twilight film raked in $69 million in November, 2008, and the beloved Hunger Games, which premiered March, 2012, came in with a whopping $152 million; almost triple the amount Divergent made. So according to the statistics, Divergent wasn’t the best or the worst, but it still did pretty well.

As for our opinions,…?

We believe the best way to describe it would be “Meh.”

Having read the book which it was based off of, the movie was okay, mainly since it didn’t keep many of the parts that we thought were what made the book so fantastic. It was the tiny details of the book the movie was missing that made it slightly disappointing.

Freshman Megha Bharadwaj said, “On a scale from The Hunger Games to Percy Jackson, this was in the middle. It was in all ways ok. Not amazing or horrible, just ok.”

Looking at it from the point of view of someone who hasn’t read the book, however, it was an action- packed and overall GOOD movie that was worth the price of admission.