It’s fitting that the new Divergent trailer premiered during an outsized Caligula-ian orgy of crass, whorish commercialism—i.e., the MTV Video Music Awards—as it’s another in a looooong line of Young Adult adaptations that pretends to market a story of feminine independence to young teenage girls but is really, as Joss Whedon has cleverly called it, just “Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie” (as we noted last week, see also: Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, The Host, or The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).
But hey, you want that trailer, right? Maybe it won’t be as bad as The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which fizzled this weekend and proved that audiences might not be as willing to consume every piece of YA tripe offered to them. Well, check it out:
Nothing too terrible, just awfully generic, with nothing really setting it apart from the basic YA movie template: girl lives in some kind of sci-fi or horror genre trope, finds out she’s a uniquely special individual flower of a human being so amazingly unlike everyone else, some old people try to make her toe the line, and an eerily attractive walking mannequin falls in love the girl’s uniquely special individual flower-ishness. But if that’s you thing, well, Divergent stars Shailene Woodley and will be in theaters on March 21, 2014. Check it out.
What do you think of the trailer?