Film Review: Insurgent

Note: This is a collective review from me and what I heard from people as we all watched it together in ECU’s Hendrix Theater

It’s close to the weekend, so you’re probably tired enough to need to watch a new movie. But you know the people who check your OneCard at the front doors of Hendrix must be tired too if they say “I believe you,” before you even pull your proof of student-hood out of your wallet.

More power to them, having to see three types of moviegoers for Insurgent playing not too long ago:

(1) the critics who will bash the movie after a millisecond of not being anywhere near the book—

“Tris’ hair is so not that short!”

“Well, they did the best they could since the actress had her hair cut a certain way for The Fault in Our Stars…”

“I don’t care! Shoulder length, not pixie!”

So much dedication.

(2) The girlfriends who drag their boyfriend along to prove how Tris and Four are #relationshipgoals (Because we’re fluent in hashtags now). They wish their boyfriends had the same sexy arms and tattoos as Four…So much they don’t care how stupid his name is. They just stop and stare as they try to remind themselves not to think about him as they’re kissing their normal, somewhat attractive boyfriends.

Girlfriend: *Deep, sensuous, dreamy sigh.*

Boyfriend: Really?

Hey, at least she keeps it honest.

(3) Squealers…You know, the ones who act like they’re twelve-year-old tweens again in order to enjoy a movie geared towards tween to teen audiences? Professional fan-girls at their best, you can’t be mad at them.

As the movie begins, people arrive late from getting food, friends whisper amongst themselves their uncontainable excitement or explaining the plot for those who either didn’t watch the first movie or didn’t read the books, and glowing cell phones commence, not being a problem in Hendrix because it’s not like you paid money to watch it.

Insurgent follows Tris and her gang seeking refuge in Amity, Candor, and faction less factions as they plot the perfect plan to stop Female Erudite Hitler Janine once and for all for killing people who are under the category of “Divergent.” As usual with every young adult fiction female hero (Ahem, Twilight, Ahem, Hunger Games, Ahem, AHEM!!), there’s something special about Tris’ Divergence that Janine and her Nazis want. No spoilers, promise.

The audience collectively groans each time Peter’s, an annoying antagonist from the Dauntless faction, face shows up. He always offers funny quips, but that unfortunately doesn’t excuse him from being horrible. However, one viewer got so mad each time he got his a** handed to him by Tris as he shouted “Punk a**!” Yay masculinity!

Due to the lack of sexy time between Tris and Four, contrasting from the first movie’s, the audience had every right to go “Ooooh” and “Whoo!” as they finally proceed PG-13 intercourse. Edgy to the point for your girlfriend fantasizing herself as Tris, but not to the point of you wishing you both could have just stayed in tonight with a harmless comedy on DVD.

Kate Winslet’s portrayal of Janine was so good you could hear almost every female student in Hendrix murmur the word “b****” every time she appeared on screen.

Some of the camera work was a bit much, and no one knows whether or not this movie passes Dylan Marron’s “Every Word Spoken by a Person of Color” Test despite having such a diverse cast, but the acting was great, it passes the Bechdel Test, the special effects are intriguing to keep your eyes glued to the screen with your mouth agape, and it’s awesome to talk about afterwards. Buy it!


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