‘Divergent’ is simplistic entertainment
Sometimes it’s good to just willy nilly walk into a movie without any prior knowledge whatsoever of what said movie is all about, and without reading up on what other people or the critics have said about it. In doing so, one removes all expectations and allows for a completely unbiased assessment.
Knowing absolutely nothing about Divergent aside from the fact it’s yet another film based on young adult fiction (read: books targeted at the tween generation), following in the shadows of the hugely successful Hunger Games movies, I was able to enjoy it for its simplistic entertainment value, its rather pedestrian and shop-worn story and plot notwithstanding.
Essentially, the movie is both a romance and self-help text for teenage girls, just like so many of the young adult novels flooding the market. But, unlike the cartoonish universe of the Hunger Games, the dystopian world of Divergent is a lot easier to digest and miles and miles more relatable.
Shailene Woodley and Theo James turn in adequate performances as the romantically involved lead characters, Tris Prior and Four, respectively, although the chemistry between them isn’t quite there (yet). Oscar winner Kate Winslet does her best with her supporting role as misguidedly evil leader Jeanine Matthews.
With the sequel Insurgent already in the works, expect more of these young adult novels to be brought to life on the silver screen.