It took me a little while to get my ‘Insurgent‘ movie review up because this series is one of my all-time favorites, and I had been anticipating this movie the most out of all the releases set for 2015. I know that’s a big statement, given that there are some massive movies adapted from books hitting theaters in 2015, but ‘Insurgent‘ was hands-down the one I was personally most excited for, so I wanted to see it twice before I reviewed it.
About the movie. Let’s get this out of the way first: Yes, there were some book to film changes — that’s no secret at this point. Some scenes diverge from the book in ways that might have fans scratching their heads and wondering, “Wait, did I miss that part in the book? I don’t remember that!” However, most of the changes were inconsequential, in my opinion. The movie kept me thoroughly entertained from start to finish. It had me on the edge of my seat during a lot of scenes (seriously, the action sequences were bad ass!), and it twisted my heart during a few others — just like the ‘Insurgent‘ book did. Tris and Four were still Tris and Four, and Peter was certainly still Peter. Caleb was Caleb (I somehow hate him more than Peter in ‘Insurgent‘), and Jeanine was the sick, twisted Jeanine that Veronica Roth wrote her to be. The characters were the same — they didn’t change them. The movie, as everyone knows by now, has some differences, but it was still epic! And I loved the change they did with the ending, regarding Jeanine and Evelyn. Trying not to spoil it, but anyone who has seen the movie will know what I mean. I think it was a smart move to change that particular moment.
It was good to see Uriah (Keiynan Lonsdale) in the second movie after he was cut from ‘Divergent.’ At the same time, as I try to step into a screenwriter’s POV, I can understand how his character wasn’t 100% necessary to the first film. Regardless, it was good to see him in action! Marcus (Ray Stevenson) was barely in the movie, unfortunately. I do wish we would have seen more from him.
Shailene Woodley and Theo James were amazing in ‘Insurgent.’ They truly stepped up their game and thoroughly grew into their characters. I loved Shailene’s performance while under the truth serum, and also while in the simulation. Theo brought it too. Four was a much more likeable character in ‘Insurgent‘ than he was in Divergent. Like Tris, he grows in a lot of ways, and Theo truly nailed his character. I loved getting to see him interact with his mother, Evelyn (Naomi Watts). Shailene and Theo’s chemistry was great, though one thing I love about this series is that it’s light on the romance, so neither the book nor the movie were bogged down with tons of gushy love scenes. This movie is all about the action!
My favorite part in the whole movie? I don’t know why, but it really touched me when Tris forgave herself while in the Amity sim. I had goosebumps. Her struggle with hating herself was such a prominent part of this story, so it was relieving to see that she was able to grant herself forgiveness, whether others did or not.
After the movie ended, all I could think was “I can’t wait for Allegiant part 1!” I wish there were some way to make the movie making process much faster, because waiting will be so painful. At this point I’m really curious as to where they’re going to end Allegiant part 1, and pick it back up in Allegiant part 2. We’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, I’m probably going to go see ‘Insurgent‘ a couple more times!