Insurgent

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I cannot believe it has been over 24 hours since I saw the movie and I have yet to blog about it. Silly work, interfering with me fangirling!

I originally read the trilogy when I saw the previews for Divergent. I loved it! It destroyed me in ways that I cant fully explain to you until you’ve read/seen the movies, but I loved it!

*SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK OR SEEN THE MOVIE*

The story picks up shortly after Divergent left off. The small group of refugees, including Four, Tris, Caleb, Peter and Marcus are seeking refuge with the Amity, those who value peace and kindness above all. I was very disappointed that one of my favorite scenes from the book was left out. I understand why, as it doesn’t contribute to the overall storyline, but the ‘peace serum’ scene was not included.

The Dauntless traitors, led by Eric and Max, show up, insisting on testing everyone to see if they are Divergent. Janine is continuing her search for all of them. Tris, Four and Caleb are able to escape, even though Peter trys to get them caught.

They board a train to the city and run into a group of factionless. After an intense fight scene, the name Tobias Eaton, Four’s true name, gets them a meeting with the leader of the factionless.

Four’s mother, who was thought to be dead, although Four knew the truth, is looking for soldiers in her coming fight with the faction system. It comes across really well that there are undercurrents, and things being left unsaid. Four refuses her offer and he, Tris and Caleb leave the next morning to seek out other Dauntless, the ones who have not joined Erudite.

On their way to Candor, where the remaining Dauntless are, Caleb decides to leave them, wanting to return to the Abnegation. Once they reach Candor, Tris and Four are put on trial, under the influence of truth serum, to determine if they are telling the truth and hopefully prevent them from being turned over to Erudite. Janine has spun a web of lies, stating that Tris and Four led the attack on Abnegation. Their innocence in this matter is proven, although other secrets are brought to light.

Dauntless traitors invade with new weapons that reveal who the Divergents are. Now they are testing the Divergents to see what percentage they are, this was not in the book and a little weird for me! They did leave in the scene between Tris saving the young girl, although it was adjusted to allow for more action.

Janine, after realizing she needs Tris, enacts a plan to force Tris into turning herself in.

The biggest difference from book and movie was the way the message from the founders was revealed.
In the movie, only a Divergent could reveal the message, after ‘passing’ sims for each of the factions.

I understand why these changes were made, as it gives them more opportunity for action sequences, without hurting the overall storyline.

Biggest letdown for me was that Four and Tris were intimate in the movie. That was a big deal for me, as they were not intimate until book three, after they leave the city. On this note however, my friend Jenna, who saw the movie with me, said she wouldn’t wait till book three if she had Theo James (Four) telling her what he told Tris!

They did an amazing job portraying the love story between these two. I mentioned it in my review of Divergent, but this is such a beautiful story of two people who complement each other, shoring up each other’s weaknesses without making the other seem weak.

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If you haven’t guessed, I did love this movie and would strongly recommend seeing it! I myself am anxiously awaiting Allegiant!
Any thoughts or questions, message me!

Fifty Shades of Grey

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Right after my showing

Ok, so I’m a big fan of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I was desperately amused when America jumped on this bandwagon, especially since I’ve been taking crap for years because I enjoy the romance genre. People were constantly telling me it’s smut. Well let me tell you, Nora Roberts/J.D.Robb is tame compared to E.L.James!

If you haven’t read the books, there will be spoilers, but I’ll try to warn you!

The story really starts when Anastasia Steele, a young, innocent college student, goes to interview a young, entrepreneurial billionaire for the college paper. Christian Grey, the billionaire, takes an interest in Miss Steele and decides he wants to introduce her to his world of dark, sexual delights. BDSM for those who didn’t take the hint.
In trying to introduce her to his world, she draws him partially into her “hearts and flowers” world.

I feel they did a great job translating this book to the big screen. From what I’ve read, E.L.James was a very demanding creative consultant, and it shows! Sometimes with book-to-movies the main story stays the same but the details get very skewed! Twilight *ahem* Twilight!

There is just so much awkwardness that comes across from Dakota Johnson, who plays Anastasia Steele. It brings just enough humor to the movie to alleviate the tension. There is a lot of sexual tension throughout the movie, but it is most definitely not the pornography it could’ve been. Again, I loved the books, but when I read they were making the movie, I was curious how they could make this a movie and not a porn. The amount of sex shown in the movie is very small, especially considering how much swx plays into the story!
There is a lot of shots of Anastasia’s breasts and butt, also a few nice shots of Jamie Dornan’s butt, Christian’s butt that is!
I’m not saying this is a movie to invite your grandma over to watch, but it wouldn’t be too awkward to watch with another couple, as long as your good friends anyway!

*SPOILER ALERT*
As the movie wnds like the book, Anastasia leaving Christian, I am so glad I’ve read the books! I knew how it would end, yet I feel as desperate as everyone else for the sequels!
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I hope you all enjoy the movie as much as I did. Just keep an open mind and please don’t think this is putting women down. It’s about exploring sexuality, and always remember, when Anastasia does say no, Christian stops instantly.