There are so many books being turned into Movies or TV Series at the moment. This feature chats about the good bits, the bad bits and is never afraid to ask the ultimate question: Page or Screen?
Allegiant (the third and final book in the Divergent series) was published October 22nd 2013 (my birthday!!!). On it’s release day the book sold 500,000 copies worldwide and it’s pre-sales were beating Suzanne Collins ‘Mockingjay’ 5 to 1.
The film of the same name was released on March 10th 2016 and was originally intended to be part 1 in a two part film adaptation of the final book, however after disappointing box office results the fourth film, Ascendant, was changed to be a TV film. In February 2017 Shailene Woodley confirmed that she would not be taking part in the TV film adaptation and now it’s anybodies guess what’s going to happen to the final installment in this film series.
You can check out my (non-spoiler) review of Allegiant here or my spoiler review here
Allegiant on Goodreads
Allegiant on IMDB
Warning: the following post does contain some small spoilers for both the book and the film.
Tris in this film let me down slightly. I want to be clear here and say that it was not Shailene Woodley’s acting. Instead it was the story that the writers/directors gave her. I didn’t like her storyline in this film, it wasn’t what I had expected or wanted. Also, they put her in the most ridiculous white outfits. For a character who I really love, her part in this film was a total let down.
I did however like Four. A discovery in the Bureau makes him question who he is, and the fact that Tris isn’t around much to help him deal with it puts a little strain on their relationship. Theo James played this broody and vulnerable Four perfectly, and although his storyline didn’t exactly follow that in the book I still really liked him.
Jeff Daniels is great as David, mostly because I found myself hating him right from the first moment we meet him! I found it annoying though that they made it so obvious that he was a bad guy, to everyone (the audience and all of the characters) except Tris, which just made her look like an idiot.
We finally got Uriah in the second film but they seemed to have forgotten that he is meant to be a big part of the final films too? In the books something major happens involving him and Four and it changes Four as a person. But it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen, and I’m a little frustrated about it.
THE WORLD & FACTIONS
I was excited for the film and to see the world outside of Chicago. The “dead mans land” was just as creepy as I had imagined it (with raining blood too – kinda gross) but I have to admit that the Bureau wasn’t quite what I had expected. It just seemed a little too shiny and white.
I’m going to come right out and say it, I had no idea what was happening in this film. It really didn’t stick much to the story of the book. There were some good moments, but I think this film would probably be preferred by people who haven’t read the books so who don’t know the original story line.
The decision to split the final book into 2 films is not a new and has been done previously by both the Harry Potter and Hunger Games franchises and worked well because there was enough in the books to fill 2 films. In the case of Allegiant there really wasn’t enough for 2 films and therefore we end up with all these extra bits and changes in the storyline which there were no need for. It definitely would have been better if they had just stuck to the story and made one film. As it stands I have no idea what is going to happen in the next film.
SO, THE BOOK OR THE FILM?
If I was judging this as a film not adapted from a book then I would say it was good. But as a lover of the series it’s just a little bit too different for me and there was a lot in there that didn’t need to be in there and just felt like it was filling time. I probably will still go and see the final film, but it’s not something that I’m massively excited about. For a film series that started great it has steadily lost its way and in my opinion moved less and less away from the amazing story that we all fell in love with.
No doubt, I’m choosing the book over the film!