The one thing bookworms want almost most in the world is a true movie adaption. It’s rare when we get a perfect adaption or even an adaption which isn’t too bad. And even though we know to expect it, we’re always disappointed when directors deliver us with something which isn’t the book we had read and loved. The question is, was Allegiant what we hoped it would be?
Allegiant is the final installment of Veronica Roth’s popular YA series, Divergent. The fandom for this series is huge, and with any movie adaption, fans hoped for a perfect adaption. Although from Insurgent, the second book in the series’, we could tell that the movies were beginning to diverge (excuse the pun :P) away from the books. Then we discovered that Allegiant was to be split into two movies and then we knew things were really going to go downhill. Why this has become a popular director’s choice, I don’t know.
The film follows Tris Prior, played by Shailene Woodley, and Four (Theo James) as they fight to leave the one home they’ve always known, to explore the world outside of the fence, with some of their closest friends. What lays beyond the fence is unknown and not revealed into at least a quarter of the way through the film. I think even the audience which had read the books hadn’t been expecting to discover what they found.
As soon as I saw the trailer, I was worried for the movie. It looked like it had ventured as far away from the book as it possibly could. It was disappointing before I had even watched it. And then I heard other people saying the movie wasn’t very good and that they were disappointed. I almost didn’t see it at all after that. My hopes were not very high. But, as it turns out, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Sure, it was completely different to the book, but the movie on its own was still entertaining.
Surprisingly, it followed more of the book than I had expected it to. It was fairly similar right up until the part where they leave the fence and find the people on the other side of the wall. Once I had seen this much, I thought they might surprise me with the rest of the film. Maybe, I had watched the wrong trailer. But, nope, that’s where it ended up like a broken Humpty Dumpty. All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. And if they did, they put the pieces back in the wrong place. Although it was still engaging once you separated the idea that the book and the movie were supposed to be the same thing.
First of all, we had gone away from the original dystopian and futuristic themes. It was like we had leaped from the world of Divergent and into the world of Star Wars. Okay so maybe it wasn’t that bad. But it was clear we had gone almost full-on sci-fi. Think flying vehicles; invisible walls; elevators made out of glass and without a cord to follow; drones which follow your voice and hand commands. Suddenly the question became, are we still watching Allegiant or have we somehow gone into another theatre?
The reason for splitting novels into 2 parts is beyond me when they’re just going to mess with the plot line anyway. Quite often when this happens, they move parts from the second half of the novel into the first movie. What they plan to do in the second part of the film is another question. I’m sure a lot of people remember this happening in the popular City of Bones (originally written by Cassandra Clare) movie. It makes no sense, but Allegiant directors did it anyway.
It also lacked in a lot of areas and this was probably due to the parts which were brought forward. A lot of the sensitive areas, such as with relationships or to do with other characters’ problems (Tori, for those who know) were left out and replaced with more action. I understand that action is needed to keep an audience captivated but you also need to have a balance with keeping previous fans of the original novel happy too, and that means sticking more to the book. Sorry to tell you that, movie directors, but I’m sure you already know that.
I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. While it had its issues, I still found myself thoroughly enjoying the film. It followed more of the plot line than I expected it to. From the trailer, it looked like the book had been abandoned completely. But it’s okay! It still had some elements of the book! Yay!
I give the Allegiant adaption movie a 3 out of 5 stars.