The trailer of the final movie in the Divergent series: Allegiant (based on the series of the same name by Veronica Roth) is now live.
The perks of being a booknerd and a moviebuff is that I am able to compartmentalise the two universes quite well and take most book-to-screen journey in my stride. This means the ability to appreciate that more often than not the change in medium (Hollywood politics, power-play aside and legal contractual terms aside) calls for a degree of creative license.
While Insurgent was tweaked just right to make it an edge-of-seat action thriller, Allegiant, at least from the what I can see in this trailer, is unrecognisable!
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that as far as the books are concerned, the second and third instalments were weaker follow ups to the first but compelling nonetheless. Especially, Allegiant, which featured some great dialogue between Tris and Tobias, distinguishing them from the more run-of-the-mill YA dystopian couples. As per the trailer, I cannot anticipate the screen versions mirroring the brilliant dynamic between the two as it sufficiently evident in Insurgent, what with Tobias being just a little bit more than just stud-service to Tris.
I believe the Hollywood-powers-that-be have clearly overreacted to those dips in the narrative in Allegiant and basically terraformed the plot for commercial purposes. For the better (e.g The Maze Runner adaption) or worse, I cannot say. What I will say is that I am definitely skeptical.
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