Let's address some of its shortcomings first and then discuss its strengths. This movie requires you to turn off your brain and take MANY logical leaps. If you're dumb enough like me (this is one of the few times where I will EVER admit this) and get easily distracted staring at Theo James's face for two hours, you might not notice how silly some of the plot points are that this movie is trying to make you swallow. The plot and character motivations of Kate Winslet's Jeanine really don't make a lot of sense if you look at them within the context of the first movie. And can we talk about the name JEANINE for a second? A wonderful name for a villain if ever there was one. Every time anyone said the name I secretly chuckled. How could that name conjure up fear? It sounds like the name of the nicest lady in the neighborhood who will bring over lasagna at the drop of a hat. But I digress. It's a silly thing to be critical of, I know. Then again, no one's motivations (save for when Tobias/Four does anything out of love for Tris) make a lot of sense. You can tell the story came first. The characters came second and function as plot devices as much as possible. The worst offender of this would have to be Miles Teller's character, Peter, who may be the biggest flip-flopping character I've ever seen. Also there's a couple moments of unintentional humor in facial reactions of Tris that I couldn't help but chuckle at. Otherwise this was a pretty humorless affair. I get the stakes are higher this go round, but a little bit of humor could have gone a long way. As it is, I checked my watch a few times when it hit the hour and a half mark. It felt way longer than it was.
The Divergent Series: The Lovers of Shailene Woodley.