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Review: Divergent (2014)

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***THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OVER AT THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON APRIL 3RD, HERE***

Director: Neil Burger.

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Christian Madsen, Ansel Elgort, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Tony Goldwyn, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ray Stevenson.

Running Time: 139 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

SynopsisBeatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) lives in a dystopian Chicago where society is divided into factions dependent on personality. When she turns sixteen, she must choose whether to stay within Abnegation for the rest of her life, or live with another faction she believes is right for her. But Beatrice is keeping a secret that puts her life – and that of her family – in serious danger.

It’s incredibly unfair to compare DIVERGENT to the YA (that’s ‘Young Adult’, to those not in the literary loop) adaptations that have come before it. But it’s almost impossible not to. Boasting a central love story, action scenes and a futuristic setting, it is considerably less saccharine than TWILIGHT, less violent than THE HUNGER GAMES and less futuristic than ENDER’S GAME. But, perhaps the most easily accessible when feeling far more of this world, it finds itself sitting rather comfortably amongst the bunch.

Opening to Beatrice’s narration (apparently a necessary YA trope), we are swiftly introduced to each of the five factions – Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave) and Erudite (intelligent). Born into Abnegation, her family lead a modest life focused on helping the Factionless – homeless wanderers who didn’t make the grade elsewhere – and surviving on a low-calorie diet most Hollywood stars would be proud of. Continue reading

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Talk About Diversity

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A Really Rather In-Depth And Personal Review/Love Letter/Ramble: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011)

DIRECTOR: Bill Condon.

CAST: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Elizabeth Reaser, Sarah Clarke, Booboo Stewart, Julia Jones, Chaske Spencer, Jackson Rathbone, Gil Birmingham, Anna Kendrick, Alex Rice.

SYNOPSIS: If you don’t know by now, where have you been?!

***CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS***

Hi. My name’s Emma and I don’t hate Twilight. But I’m no Twihard. Yes, I’ve read all the books and I guess that makes me significantly more interested in the characters, but I’m not someone who will push Robert Pattinson into the path of an oncoming taxi just because I like the way he sparkles. I just honestly don’t see the need for all the intense hate for the series. Continue reading

What I’m Watching – November

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

50/50 (Dir: Jonathan Levine, 2011) ****

Immortals (Dir: Tarsem, 2011) ***

Arthur Christmas (Dir: Sarah Smith, 2011) ****

Happy Feet Two (Dir: George Miller, 2011) ***

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (Dir: Bill Condon, 2011) ****

(500) Days Of Summer (Dir: Marc Webb, 2009) ****