What is everyone's problem with Divergent? Social media has been ablaze with negative commentary about the film - complaining about the trailer, the actors, and the movie's similarities to The Hunger Games.
Can you blame them? In my opinion the plot sounds waaaay too much like The Hunger Games. Here we have 1) yet another young-adult novel adaptation based in 2) a post-apocalyptic dystopian metropolis with 3) a leading female protagonist outsider fighting against the coercion of organised society.
Haven't the studios learned by now that too much mac and cheese can't be good for anybody? Obviously not. Based on the success of The Hunger Games alone, Lionsgate upped Divergent's budget from 40 million to 80 million dollars.
Film blog Cinema Blend published a thread of negative commentary from their Facebook page, in response to the trailer. Do you agree with the comments below?
But in saying all of this, I have been paying attention to what the fanboys and fangirls of the Veronica Roth's bestselling books are saying - they reckon we are nuts to think it's ANYTHING like The Hunger Games. So perhaps we have to reserve our judgment and give the film the chance it deserves.
I mean, I'm not saying the trailer looks bad at all. I think Shailene Woodley, as the lead Tris Prior, looks great - and I loved her in George Clooney's film The Descendents a few years ago. Oscar winner Kate Winslet is also in the movie. I haven't seen Theo James, the guy cast as Four, in anything yet, so you'll have to tell me what you think. Roth praised his casting "I was sure within seconds: this was 'Four', no question.
The movie has already been picked up for another two installments, with director Robert Schwentke announced to boot. So I guess it's best to stay open minded and see for ourselves what these guys can do with the massively popular story.
Will the deluge of negativity surrounding the film affect it's performance?