With the success of The Fault in Our Stars staring studios in the face, it may be a case for aiming their future films to a new demographic although that may not be the only reason that the teenage weepy did so well, it could be ageism. Especially since the main competition was 51 year-old “action-man” star Tom Cruise. The older actor may be working very hard to stay in cinematic shape and he definitely looks younger in his latest science fiction re-spawning effort, Edge of Tomorrow, but teenage girls are not going to flock to his movie no matter how much he’s had done in terms of the old nip and tuck. If Cruise has had anything done at all.
Shailene Woodley is a seasoned actress at the age of 22 and in this year alone, she has gone from world saviour to heroine in a young adult “weepy” film. In <em>The Fault in Our Stars</em> by John Green, Woodley plays a 16 year-old cancer patient who discovers love with another cancer victim, played by 20 year-old Ansel Elgort.
For the first time in too many years to count, I was able to watch the MTV Movie Awards live on television on, of course, MTV but to my surprise it was really only so-so…But did you catch those YouTube commercials? In those few 29 second spots, my worst fears seem to be coming true, Google has managed to turn their acquisition into an Internet television channel/network.
Having seen Shailene Woodley in Divergent one thing was clear, by the time the end credits rolled, Katniss Everdeen can move right over and make room for Tris. As protagonists go this young lady, who is pretty much a square peg that cannot fit into a round hole, is just what the doctor ordered. While the movie is, admittedly, aimed at the fans of Veronica Roth, aka teens, the older and younger demographic should respond well to the story being told here.
In the 2014 science fiction film Divergent, being different can be murder…literally. Adapted from the novel by Veronica Roth and the beginning of a trilogy, this film is yet another look at a post apocalyptic world where control and conformity are the key to survival.