Divergent: A Film Review (Spoilers Inside)

I'll just put this out there now; if you have read any of the books do not see the movie. I repeat, do not see the movie. After much anticipation, this film absolutely failed at giving me any joy or any real representation of the thrilling book. I'd go as far to say that this series tops all book trilogies in my opinion. I have been devouring them for the past few months and cannot wait to see how it all turns out. Of course I understand that movie adaptations cannot include every minuscule detail that the books do include, but c'mon, leaving out influential characters, changing the ending and altering important scenes is not cool. To be fair, here are a list of my top most irritating elements of the movie that almost made me walk out of the theatre:
1. The fact that they didn't introduce three major characters.
If you've read the series or even just the first book, you know the role that Uriah, Zeke and Edward play. It is kind of a big one. In Divergent (the book), Uriah is top dog of his Dauntless born initiate group and befriends Tris upon the second stage of training. Zeke, his brother, while not playing a major role in the first book, plays an important part in the second and third novel. Edward on the other hand, begins as a top transfer initiate and later gets stabbed in the eye by Peter, causing him to leave and become factionless. This sets him up for a surprising appearance in both Insurgent and Allegiant, the following two books.
When you leave out characters that are important to the following books, you lead to even more misconceptions in the rest of the movies in order to merely introduce them.
2. The ending. Wow wow wow. I could not get over how upsetting the final scenes were. As my boyfriend can attest to I kept saying, "This is awful. Oh my god, this is absolutely awful." Like most movies, the final scenes can be the most exciting, heartbreaking or intense part of a movie. Divergent has one of my favorite endings because it is heartfelt, twisted and leads into the rest of the series so well. However, the movie killed it. Like I said above, they can't get every detail correct or the movie would be 10 hours long, but completely changing it just to add some more action sequences frustrated me to no end. So much so, that I am here writing this in a fury only an hour after the showing. Including things like Tris saying "I love you" to Tobias (which doesn't happen until late in Insurgent), injecting Jeanine with the control serum (which never even comes close to happening because she is miles away at this point in the book) and Tris dramatically throwing a knife into the antagonist's hand to stop her destruction, were all cheesy and more importantly not anywhere in the book.
3. Lastly, altering extremely important scenes. Scenes, that while reading the book, make you fall in love, or in hate, with the characters. For example, they changed the scene where Tris goes into Four/Tobias' fear landscape. In the book, he invites her to experience this with him so that she can know him better and throughout the landscape you see her helping Tobias through it which shows their bond growing and developing into something bigger. In the movie he invites her in in order to show her how to not seem divergent when others are observing her test. Boo. Another scene that I absolutely treasured in the book was when the two lovebirds are sitting above the chasm and he tells her who he really is and they share their first kiss. In the movie however, they don't convey this at all. Sadly, they end up having this, rather sloppy, make out session where Tobias isn't wearing a shirt. Lame.

For me, this movie was based on a lot more of the action instead of the bonds and the romance which is what added depth and humanity to this otherwise depressing story. My hopes were high for this movie and the letdown feels personal because I really fell in love with the book. It seems that the producers and writers didn't appreciate the book or see much promise in it because all the excess fight scenes and added sexiness, that did not appear in the book, were clearly added to attract a bigger and more diverse audience. Even though I wasn't particularly excited about who they cast I can't comment on the acting because that is not something I have any experience with and I was willing to let that go if the movie was decent. When adapting a book to a movie, you can't have very high hopes, except that they will at least stick to the plot and not completely ruin it. For Divergent, this was not the case. All this has led me to a very bleak outlook and pretty low standards for the sequels. And to think that the author, Veronica Roth, was happy with the film? Does she have that much disrespect for her own writing?