This Rotten Week: Predicting Divergent and Muppets Most Wanted Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-03-16 15:30:39discussion comments
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Spring is coming. We are exiting the deep freeze of a long winter and finally experiencing this thing called the "outdoors." Kind of overrated if you ask me. Which is fine because a long, slow winter of movies is finally coming to an end, as well. We arenít totally there yet, but things are starting to look up this week with young adult novels and Muppets.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

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In the world of Divergent society is broken into factions based on personality traits. As far as I can tell there are the bleeding hearts, the wusses, the tattletales, the meatheads and the know-it-alls. Author Veronica Roth uses different terms for these things like selfless, peaceful, honest, brave and knowledgeable but we all know the truth. Society as we know it is essentially broken into the labels I listed above anyway. Giving them new, more positive spins, in a dystopian world is really just relabeling our current system into more clear cut sections. The real trick is to decide where you and those close to you would fall. Me? Thatís easy. Iíd be in the very rare, seldom-mentioned elite faction: The awesomes.

Want to see this world? Check out the trailer for Divergent:



The Divergent books are insanely popular and at the forefront of the current YA top sellers lists. Why? Because theyíre well-written books filled with the kind of "I donít belong anywhere except with the other outsider just like me" kind of angst young adults yearn for. Itís like some weird, out-casty negative energy that keeps them going. Donít you miss being a kid?

Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless-70% The Lucky Ones-36% The Illusionist-74%), Divergent tells the tale of Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) who learns that in a society with clear lines of personality demarcation sheís, wait for it, different than the others. The flick looks okay, created to satiate the rabidity of the bookís fanbase, but almost definitely just "meh" along the critical lines. It appears vanilla and even stiff. And Iím a fan of Shailene Woodley. But I have a hard time believing this will blow it out of the box Hunger Games-style. It just doesnít look as polished. Maybe they needed to add another group for guys like me. Funktastic. Now that would be something I could get behind.
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