Monday, 14 March 2016

Manic Monday: Honest Trailer Divergent-series

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The first half of the last part of the Divergent-series is finally out, and now aren’t we excited to watch the movie? Well, no. We’re not.

And here’s why (prepare for some serious ranting): I read the Divergent-series by Veronica Roth long before the movies came out and I must say I really, really liked the first book and was really excited to find out how the saga would go on. Book 2 Insurgent couldn’t quite keep up with the first one, but it was still an okay read. The last book Allegiant, however, left me feeling personally offended as a reader. 

Allegiant is a prime example of bad writing. I mean if a writer decides to write a book with multiple POV's, (multiple being two in this case) then they should make sure that they have distinct voices. The parts of Tris and Four were pretty much indistinguishable in terms of tone and I sometimes had to flip back a few pages to see who was talking. Apart from style, the last instalment of the dystopian trilogy is riddled with plot-holes, the final revelation about the purpose of the faction experiment is simply illogical and don’t get me started on the ending. Those who did not read the books will be spared from that senseless conclusion for a little while longer, because, for some incomprehensible reason, the directors decided to split the movie in two parts.

I don't remember all that much about the plot in details (my subconsciousness probably didn't want to hold on to something that left me so angry), but apart from a lot of angsty moping I don't recall there happening all that much. Definitely not enough to necessitate this division into two movies, although it seems to be en vogue at the moment. But really, if the producers of the The Lord of the Rings series saw no need to split their final movie in two, then I see absolutely no reason why the Divergent-staff thought that that shallow piece of literary garbage would make for two movies. Which also means that the audience will have to suffer through two times as much screen time if they want to know how Tris's story ends. 

But enough ranting about the book now, we are a blog about TV and movies after all. So far, in my opinion, the movies were each lagging a bit behind their respective books. The first movie Divergent (2014) was okay, Insurgent (2015) was less than okay and after seeing the trailer for Allegiant (and knowing the book) I'm sure that I'm not going to watch it. But that's only my humble (and a little irate) opinion. There are more than enough people who feel differently about the series and that's okay. I don't understand it but to each their own, I guess. I do have to acknowledge that Shailene Woodley and Theo James do their best to save what's saveable, but in the case of Allegiant I fear that even their best efforts won't be enough.

So, to cool down a bit again, have a look at this Honest Trailer of Insurgent and have a good laugh.

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