I saw this movie twice, once with my friend and once later with my tennis team. The second time I fell asleep.
I liked it the first time but it was not the best movie I’ve ever seen. The actors were well cast and the costumes were what I had pictured from reading the book. The producers recreated the dystopian world Veronica Roth imagined; the graphics and scenery were realistic. They left out some of my favorite scenes and lines which made the book special for me (i.e. the spinning of the ferris wheel when Four and Tris climbed it). I didn’t like Shailene Woodley. Sure, she looked like a good Tris, but her acting was subpar. Ok, I’m a bit prejudiced since I’m not Woodley’s biggest fan, but there were scenes in the movie that you could tell she wasn’t in character. I watched an interview with her, and she said “Tris is just a normal eighteen-year-old …” Tris is sixteen. Read the book Woodley!
The second time I saw it, my opinion dropped even lower. The scenery, the graphics, and the simulations were well done, but the music did not fit with what was happening in the scene. During a solemn scene there would be random techno music and I thought what?
When I compare the movie to the book, I’m disappointed. The movie had the potential to be great.
If you haven’t read the book, go see the movie. If you have, wait for it to come out on video.