Monday, 30 March 2015

Insurgent Book To Movie Review

I really wanted to do this post as I am very passionate about this comparison. I feel like this is the first time I have had these feelings towards a movie, and I'll explain why:
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The Book: 

Insurgent by: Veronica Roth
Published: May 1, 2012 by: HarperCollins
Pages: 525
Rating:3/5 stars

When I first read Insurgent, I found it to be a bit slow and confusing. It was my least favourite of the trilogy. However, the characters came back stronger than ever, and I really enjoyed the developments in Tris and Four's relationship. Even my favourite character, Uriah, was introduced in this book.

The Movie 

Insurgent directed by: Robert Schwentke
Premiered: March 20, 2015
Length: 2 hours
Rating: 5/5 stars

Now, you'll hear my feelings: this was the first movie I've ever seen that was better than the book. The characters completely blew me away.  I've always said that Theo James is exactly how I imagined Four to be, and he did not disappoint. Even Shailene Woodley captured Tris perfectly. They even got Uriah spot on! The plot was thoroughly entertaining, and unique.

The Similarities: 
Now, there were not many similarities between the book and movie which has sparked a lot of debate. The character development, I think, was displayed brilliantly. Tris was her usual brave self, Four was his usual amazing self and Peter was his usual cocky self. The settings were also amazing, and I loved how they captured the Amity headquarters especially. The movie had some wittiness to it that I also loved, and provided great comic relief.

The Differences: 
There were a lot of added things to the plot. For example, the box that controlled all of the simulations, and that Tris was required to open. We get to see more in-depth of Tris' nightmares, which even causes her to see a dead Will in her dreams. Like in every movie, details were exaggerated to make things more interesting, but I honestly think it worked.

Overall, even though the movie was not the like the book, everything was executed perfectly. The box was a great addition to the plot, and the writers definitely took a risk, that I think payed off. Even if you like movies to stay true to books, I would still give it a try as it was a great all-around movie.

Have you seen Insurgent? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. I haven't seen this one yet, but there have definitely been some varying reviews on it. This being said, I am so glad that you liked it as much as you did and that you found it to be a well-adapted movie. (And you found it to be even better than the book? That's seriously impressive!) Thank you for sharing this Emily and, as always, fabulous review! You make me want to go to the movie theater and just watch it right now! xD

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Zoe! I thought it was beautifully filmed, and I would highly recommend it :)

  2. I've already seen the movie and I can say I've got mixed opinions about it. I love the action and the special effects but the things they changed from the book kinda irked me a bit. I guess it can't be helped, though. But all in all, I enjoyed Insurgent! :)

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

    1. I can understand why the changes would have been annoying. Thanks Julie!