Divergent – the movie

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.

Divergent – the book

Divergent was a GREAT book! Now I want to see the movie…which I will be doing later today. Without giving too much away, this book is about a girl who lives in the U.S. in the future. She lives in a time where people are separated by their character traits and everyone has just one main character trait they live by. Living by more than one (or thinking outside the box) is considered Divergent. The character traits are: kindness (Amity), bravery (Dauntless), intelligence (Erudite), truthfulness (Candor), and selflessness (Abnegation). When a child is in their 16th year of life, they are given a test which determines their tendencies. The day after the test they choose to stay in their faction or change to a different faction. This book is about Beatrice, who was born Abnegation, and her decision as well as how her life changes after that decision. The motto of every faction is “Faction before Blood” and sometimes that motto is tested. If you choose family over faction, you are booted out of your faction and become “factionless” which means you are now the dregs of society. If you do not pass the initiation of your faction, you are booted out and also become factionless. Once you are factionless, you will never be part of a faction again.

This was a great read and an easy read. I am already looking forward to purchasing and reading the next two books in the series because it does leave you on a cliffhanger of sorts and you want to see what becomes of the characters.

Neverwas

Neverwas (2005) – This was another movie that I couldn’t get into the day I streamed it from Netflix. I watched about 10 minutes of it and turned it off. It has a VERY slow beginning which is very unfortunate because I LOVE Aaron Eckhart and really wanted to see him in this film. I may pick it up again and on another day, I may love the slow start and watch it build into a spectacular movie. When/If that happens, I will update this post. Until then, I’m just sad I couldn’t get into this movie.

Waiting for Forever

Waiting for Forever (2010) – This was another movie I didn’t finish. I think I watched 15 minutes of it. I got bored. It wasn’t as cute as I thought it was going to be and in the full 15 minutes I watched, boy never got close to girl…she was in a different state. This did have a cute storyline with minor characters who was helping this young man get to his girl. What a great love story between this older couple. I think I just wasn’t in the right mood for this movie and I may try it again on another day, but that day just wasn’t the day for it and I couldn’t do it.

Race for Glory

Race for Glory (2013) – I would give this movie 3 stars. It is pretty much a documentary about faith within the Nascar series with interviews with some of the drivers. It was interesting. You do see some racing action. It kept me interested. I cannot find it on IMDb in order to link to it, but it is on Netflix streaming. Two of the Nascar drivers featured in this documentary are Juan Pablo Montoya and Carl Edwards.

One for the Money

One for the Money (2012) – I wasn’t in the mood I guess when I turned this one on…either that or the acting just hit me wrong the day I turned it on. I LOVE this book series. The movie does the books justice, but I would have cast EVERY character differently. They just don’t carry the attitudes of the characters in the book and that was VERY disappointing to me when I turned this movie on the other day. I remember liking it when I watched it on the big screen, but watching it again after I just finished reading Janet Evanovich’s last three books made the movie very disappointing and I couldn’t get into it. I only watched it for 15 minutes. Yep, you read that right…15 minutes…and I really wanted to watch the movie again because I did just finish reading her latest books. The books are definitely MUCH BETTER than the movie which is why I doubt they will ever make the other books into movies. If they do, they really need to change the actors playing each character. Don’t get me wrong. I love these actors in other shows. I just didn’t like them in these roles.

I, Frankenstein

I, Frankenstein (2014) – 4.5 stars – watched this movie just this past weekend with the Hubby. We loved it! It had LOTS of action as well as a good storyline. Honestly, I really like Aaron Eckhart and think he’s a really good actor. Not only did this have a good story line but it also really good special effects. The effects with the gargoyles were my absolute favorite. I don’t want to say too much about this movie because I don’t want to give anything away. This is a movie you have to see for yourself. I will say that it is a story about redemption as well as good versus evil…in a HUGE way. From IMDb: “Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.”

Red Cliff

Red Cliff (2008) – I gave this movie 4 stars. I have to be honest, it wasn’t on my list of movies to watch. It’s about a war in China, two factions at odds with one another, same old same old in my opinion. My husband was the one that wanted to see it and I figured I could do something else on my laptop while he watched it since he’s done the same for me in the past. The crazy thing is… I found myself watching the movie more than whatever it was I was doing at the time. It was a pretty good movie. It was very interesting and you have to watch this movie in order to keep up with everything that was going on (partly because I think it was all in subtitles but it’s been a few weeks since I’ve watched this). I recently found out that it has a sequel so I’m going to have to put that on my list to watch as well. I would definitely watch this movie again.

Final Encounter

Final Encounter (AKA: For the Cause)  (2002) – I gave this movie 4 stars. It was pretty good and it starred Dean Cain. It tells the story of a world where most of the adults have died or been killed due to war and the world and war are left for the next generations to finish. This movie has twists and turns that keep you guessing…or it did me and it really kept my interest. For some reason Netflix has it listed as Final Encounter and IMDb has it listed as For the Cause. I would watch this movie again.

The Avengers

The Avengers (2012) – How can I NOT give this movie 5 stars? I LOVE it! I’ve already seen it at least 4 times and I paid at least twice to watch it in the theater. I love the humor in this movie. I love seeing the Avengers coming together as a team. I love how they poke fun at each other (“Reindeer Games”, “Point Break”, “He’s adopted”, “Puny god”, and so much more). Watching it the second and third time allowed me to hear things I missed the first time because I was laughing so hard, as well as everyone else in the theater. It shows not only people coming together, but people coming into themselves and finding out what they are really made of and what they are willing to lose in order to help (or hurt) others. I will watch this movie again and again.