The Magnolia Series: It’s Alright Again Part 1
The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1 (and try saying that a few times fast) sees Director Robert Schwentke back in the chair for the second time in this series as a familiar cast of faces returns to continue the story of the brave teens creating a new future for Chicago. The old regime has been overthrown but is new leader Evelyn (Naomi Watts) any better? Tris (Shailene Woodley) is determined to leave the city to see if their is life beyond the walls but Four (Theo James) is more reticent, not convinced that the grass is always greener. Needless to say Tris gets her way and a whole new adventure gets under way.
After three films I have taken to referring to Divergent as The Magnolia Series because while they don’t get me excited I don’t find them offensive either. There are some nice story elements mixed in with odd acting choices and ever so wooden acting from Mr James. Allegiant documents the classic tale of when the revolutionary victors lose sight of their goals and turn to terror themselves. The film differs to the previous two in that Four is effectively the lead for large portions of the movie and becomes the voice of reason.
The biggest problem I had with this film was that a number of the individuals appeared to behave completely out of character just to justify twists in the story that didn’t feel organic. We need to create a rift between Tris and Four so lets turn her from hardened civil war hero back into a naive young teen again. Let’s have a scene were Four’s dad is screaming he was proud for beating his son because it made him the young man he is today. What the hell? I’m going over old ground again but Miles Teller as Peter continues to humiliate himself in search of a pay cheque with his alleged comic relief role. It’s getting tiring man. It’s not been a good few months for this young actor following on from Fantastic Four (2015).
I’m not going to say you shouldn’t see this but I’m not going to push it hard either. Certainly if you’ve seen the rest of series it makes sense to follow it through to the end. My rating 3/5.