I bought and read the book this week so I’m glad I got to see the movie so closely after reading the book. It mostly follows the book with a few small(ish) exceptions (some probably for safety of the actors) and it doesn’t leave you hanging the way the book does. I’m not sure if they’re going to make the second and third books into movies with the way they ended Divergent all nice and neat because the book doesn’t end that way. It was still a very good movie and very entertaining. I would give it four to four and a half stars.
I love the actor they got to play Four. He fit that role VERY well. I think the size of the actressess for Christina and Tris should have been reversed since Tris is depicted in the book to be extremely short, petite, and small but both girls played their roles well and their size switch is the only thing I would have changed. I pictured Al to be chunkier than his onscreen counterpart and was a bit disappointed that the boy they had play him was just stockily built. When reading the book, I pictured a Gwyneth Paltrow type person playing Jeanine (tall, thin, long straight blond hair) instead of Kate Winslet and was a little disappointed in Winslet in this role for some reason…but it could have just been my preconceived ideals going into the movie.
Whether you have seen the book or not will make no difference when seeing this movie (although having not yet read the other two books I have no idea what really happens to one of the characters that had a good ending scene in this movie – not saying who so as to not give away anything). It is still entertaining.