Alright, I have been trying to write this review ever since I saw Insurgent last Sunday, but I couldn't articulate my feelings whatsoever. Therefore, I went to watch it again last night. Seeing it a second time gave me some much needed clarity and I think I may have found the words to finally share my thoughts.
This review will contain spoilers, so if you have not read the Divergent trilogy or watched the first movie, I'm warning you not to read this review.
If you know me, you know that the Divergent trilogy is composed of my favorite books ever. When the first movie came out last year, there was a lot of hype and I was convinced it would live up to my incredibly high expectations. It did. Divergent became one of my favorite movies. Now this time around, I didn't hear as much about Insurgent before it was released. Then, after March 20th, it seemed as though all hell broke loose: every review I read or watched was negative. Going home for break, awaiting the day I finally got to watch it, I was told to go in with low expectations. Everyone's negative and unimpressed reviews brought me down, so I listened to them. I walked into that movie having very low expectations. I walked out having been hit right in the feels.
- Although I think Octavia Spencer is a lovely person, in my opinion, she was the wrong Johanna.
- I wasn't blown away by the casting choice for Evelyn, her performance was weaker than I was expecting in comparison to the book.
- My least favorite part was by far the factionless; they felt like a bunch of try hards and wannabe badasses.
- Edgar. He thought he was tough stuff, the acting was bad, and I'm not sure if that was the actors fault or the direction in which they purposely tried to take it. I understand why the entire Edward thing wouldn't have worked out with or without the original actor, but this was an unfortunate addition.
- I'm not going to lie, they effed up the ending hardcore, like I have no idea what they're going to do with that but I can't wait to find out next year!
- Let's get this rant out of the way: I will forever love Jai Courtney as Eric. Eric was one of my favorite characters in the book and Jai Courtney only made me love him more in the movies. Plus he's beautiful, admit it. I know that Eric is an awful person, but he translated so well on screen. Jai Courtney made him a multifaceted character. He was intimidating, confusing in terms of motive, and downright scary by the middle of Insurgent. I found him fascinating.
- Side note: I was super butthurt that they left out certain lines right before his execution scene but oh well. It was still a wonderful portion of the movie itself. Great acting.
- Peter was wonderfully terrible, as always. His sass was relentless and I couldn't help but laugh along with him every once in awhile.
- The action sequences in this film were on point from Tris and Four being chased out of Amity by Dauntless, to them kicking major factionless ass on the train.
- THE CANDOR TRUTH SERUM SCENE MADE ME CRY LIKE A BABY
- The simulation scenes weren't my favorite but they were interesting enough; I completely forgot that Peter injects Tris with the death serum and holy shoot, it was executed very well.
- They finally gave us Uriah and he was close to perfection.
Sure, certain aspects within the second film were off. Tris saved the little kid from being shot by Eric. Uriah didn't have as much character development as fans were expecting. Marlene and Lynn were down played. The box idea was different, but it didn't bother me all that much. I feel as though certain changes were necessary while others I don't and maybe won't ever understand. Either way, I tried my hardest to separate the movie from the book and I suggest that other fans who haven't seen it yet do the same. As a movie, I thought Insurgent was awesome, confusing moments and all!
Please feel free to voice your opinions in the comments section below! Did you love it or hate it? What was your favorite part? What was your least favorite part and why?