Movie Reviews, Part 1

In this first installment of a three-part series, Shelburne News intern and young filmmaker Graham Byers helps readers decide what movie to watch this weekend.

By Graham Byers, SCS eighth grader

When you watch movies, you probably don’t think about the acting or the directing that is going on, unless of course this is noticeable. As a filmmaker I look at all of the elements in films, but I also like to look at a film with an eye towards an average moviegoer. If you are pondering seeing one of these three movies or are stuck on a rainy day with nothing to, these reviews will hopefully help you with your decision. I rate the following movies with a rubric-like style. With this style in mind, I give the film a number between 1-10: 10 being a standout movie and 1 being horrible.


MPAA rating: PG-13

Run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes

Stars: Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Ashley Judd, Miles Teller

Summary: “Divergent” takes place in a post-apocalyptic Chicago where the people are governed by factions which are based off of personality type and interests. The movie follows Tris Prior a 16-year-old who is Abnegation (which is the faction for kindness). Since she is 16, she is faced with the decision to transfer into another faction or stay in the same one. All 16-year-olds must take a test to help them decide which faction that they belong in. Tris tests into being Divergent, which means she doesn’t belong into any faction. The government hunts Divergents because they think that Divergents are a threat to the survival of the factions. The test at the faction ceremony reveals that Tris wants to be in the dauntless faction (bravery). Tris must now go into training to prove her worthiness to the dauntless faction. One of the supervisors there, named Theo, tries to help Tris prove her worthiness. Tris finds out that Theo is also a divergent, and they both then fight the government and its bias against Divergents.

Thoughts: This very flashy and intense action drama shows the wittiness of the younger generations of today. Overall, the movie was quite entertaining, especially for a younger movie-goer. But after an hour or so, I started to feel the movie slow down a bit. My mind started to think of other things, and I wasn’t really paying attention to what was going on. I would give this movie a 7.5 out of 10. Do keep in mind you will spend a good two and a half hours in the movie theater or at home.