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Forget what all these film reviewers are saying, I went to the Allegiant World Premiere in NYC and I’m here to tell you that if you hated the book, you will enjoy the movie! For real.
THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER FREE IF YOU’VE READ THE BOOKS!
Let’s keep it honest, okay, Tris and Four’s romance ended back when they made out by the underground river below the cavern in the Pit. That was basically the peak of the hotness in the books. So, if you are sniffing around for Theo schmexy times, go find something else he’s made because this ain’t it.
In fact, Theo’s nakedness is basically none. It’s so minimal that you’d think they made this film for dudes. Whatever. But the point is not Theo James. The point is the producers of this franchise have given Veronica Roth the chance to rewrite the plots to her novels. And unlike Mr. Pamuk, these new plots don’t die before they get you to the climax.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, that’s probably for the best because the whole point of going to see Allegiant is that you actually don’t know wtf happens based on reading the books. Like literally you will go, “Oh, wait, was that even in the book? I really don’t remember that, but… maybe?”
I am assuming that you, like me, also read Allegiant only 1 time and wished you hadn’t, and you also can’t really remember what happened because you still want to know if they had sex or not. (spoiler: that part isn’t in this film; see above for no sexy times Theo James)
I am going to keep this spoiler free, but I can tell you this: by the end of the movie, when they’re setting up “part 2” (called something other than Allegiant, because why not?!) you’re seriously going to think, “Is Tris actually going to even be able to die in part 2? Like, how is that even going to happen?” Yeah, I’m not lying here. You will wonder. I’m still wondering. There’s ways, sure, but I’m still wondering exactly how. Or even if it will happen. Because if Veronica Roth can rewrite her books as films, why not keep the whole damn series going?!!
So what do I mean when I say this is nothing like the book? I don’t mean that it doesn’t have elements of the book. No, definitely it does. It even has parts of Allegiant’s plot in there. What I mean is that the pacing and the rhythm are not like the book, which is great news since those were the weak links of the book.
I also mean that unlike the book, there are really clear themes, motives, and purpose to each character and the plot. Because of that, there’s not a lot of Tris-Four separation angst going on, which was basically the ENTIRE book and the ENTIRE book of Insurgent. Ugh. But it’s not that way in the movie because the pacing makes sense.
I’ll give you a list of things that are in the book and the movie… but they’re kind of different:
Okay yeah, that’s about it. The rest is just like… it felt sooo different. In a good way. It is possible that I actually forgot the majority of the book though, but I’m sort of just assuming everyone else who reads TN did, too. But who cares? The movie fills in any possible gaps you might have, and does so with exciting pacing!
I will even go so far as to say that you could bring someone to this movie who never read the books, never saw any of the other movies, and they would really enjoy the film. In fact, one guy I met there thought it was awesome and this was the only thing he’d seen from the franchise.
The special effects and CGI were my favorite part of the movie (besides the surprisingly exciting tempo). It’s made to look WAY more futuristic than the books seemed to be, but I feel like it’s what Veronica actually envisioned all along. The vast CGI shots do vibe The 100 in some ways, but both landscapes are meant to be tarnished by nuclear fallout, so I suppose they should? Let’s just ignore the obvious issue that Chicago, being only 15 miles away, would totally have these red cloud issues too…
Anyway, here’s the highlights that made me go “Oh, that’s really cool.”
When Four fights, he fights to win. There’s not much more to say other than although he keeps his clothes on (mostly), Four is still a total BAMF in this movie.
I really, really loved the score. Maybe I’m a sucker for dystopian action film scores, whatever. Joseph Trapanese rocks it hard with just the right amount of eerie sci-fi meets sweeping build of violins. It’s out on Spotify now, which means you can probably already buy it. But beware, the song track titles give away a lot of the plot.
Okay, so in the movie this guy is not that hot. You can sort of see it on his close ups, but his hair is so terrible and his character is so evil that it’s just difficult to understand how smoking hot this guy is.
But as a person who was stuck in a rotating door with him as we left the premier to go to the after party (all the while he said actor-y things like, “I’ll have my agent text you.” and “Who’s riding in my car?” in a dude bro voice (chants to self: not your type, not your type, not your type)), I can assure you that he is hotter than Theo James (whose thick lips, dark brows, and ubiquitous winking I also was up close and personal with on the red carpet).
Jonny is so much hotter than Theo, that it was to the point where I was almost like, “Hey, I’m riding in your car, whoever the hell you are. Text my agent.” I should probably remind you that it was raining, and assure you that, like a #normal person, I ended up on the subway not in Car 5 with Jonny and his people. Since he was nowhere to be found among the plebes at the after party, we can file this under: Life Mistakes.
Rotating Door Jonny:
Okay, so I know I’ve said it’s good. And it is. But like… you could probably just rent it, especially if you have a good TV. I really enjoyed the scenery shots and the different construction of the plot devices. After Insurgent took the lead of dropping most of Tris’ angst issues, Allegiant couldn’t do much else but follow en suite. Plus the whole Four-Tris “don’t sacrifice yourself” thing sort of got dropped out of Insurgent, making it impossible to show up in Allegiant (THANK GOODNESS). So… all the things about the books that made me literally stop reading the books are not actually in the film.
Everyone else’s reviews are all “This was dull and dragged out” as if there’s some major event waiting to happen… Which, admittedly, in the film there actually is. But clearly these people reviewing the movie DID NOT READ THE BOOK. Because if they did read the book, they would be reviewing this the same way I am: This is so much better than the book that it’s actually good.
It’s a popcorn eating, cringe worthy dialogue ridden, rando comedic relief from Peter and Caleb’s characters, move it along pacing that doesn’t cause whiplash blockbuster film event. This is an action movie with three female leaders (Tris, Evelyn, and Johanna) calling all of the shots. For what it is, I think it’s great. Would I go see it again? Meh. I don’t really need to, but not because it’s bad, just because it’s meant for a single viewing.
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