Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hunger Games: the Movie

I rented it the day it came out.  Well, Sunday 8/19 but I was so excited to see it.

I had heard that the movie was filmed in that shaky-camera style and I found that distracting and irritating at first, but I got used to it.  You will get over it, too.

The Hunger Games.

My impressions about the movie (IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK OR HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE DON'T READ ANY MORE...I am discussing the end...)
1)  The Mockingjay pin - that is an essential part of the trilogy and it was totally different.  I guess for film shortening, they just skimmed over it, but I was disappointed not to see the Mayor's daughter in this movie and this part not more expounded.
2)  Woody Harrelson is an incredible Haymitch.  Well done.  Also, Ricky from American Beauty (the guy who filmed the plastic bag and got high with Lester Burnham) was marvelous.  Rue was adorable.  Effie annoyingly excellent.
3)    Would have loved to have seen more development with the Tributes characters and Gale.  I know, I know, they had to shorten it somewhere.
4)  The final scene at the cornucopia was not nearly as terrifying as it was in the book.  What about the tribute's eyes in the dogs?  I know, it can't all be the same....
5)  Ceasar Flickerman!  Loved this character.  Snow.  SCARY!  Too bad we didn't have a cameo by Kiefer - GET DOWN DAMN IT!  NOW!
6)  The reaping was a really intense part.  Even though I know how the ENTIRE thing ends, I still was in knots and teared up when Katniss volunteered.  Sigh.
7)  Chemistry between Katniss and Peeta?  Eh.  Average.  Gale did NOT appreciate the kissing on tv though - that much was clear.  Her on screen chemistry with him was decent.

Overall - enjoyable. I love seeing how the director brings a movie together from a book.  I don't get all bent out of shape because it's not exactly the same - it's the reader's advantage because you have all the background that they just cannot get to in a film.  Read it.  Plus, you get to pause the movie and explain to your husband who has a ton of questions about what is happening in Panem, thus making you feel very intelligent.   Now all we have to do is wait until November 2013 for Catching Fire.


Wendy said...

Totally agree about the cornucopia scene - wasn't as scary as in the book!

Anonymous said...

I was totally underwhelmed by the movie. Not enough character development. They needed to build the relationships with Peeta and Gale more. Also, not enough about how hard it was after her dad died and her mom couldn't function. Ditto on the mockingjay pin, maybe #2 will be better.

B. said...

A. and I watched it last night, and both of us read them all.

I liked it but as you said the book was better and I am not sure I would have liked the movie as much without reading the book. As you said you had to tell you hubby about what was happening. A friend of mine didn't like it, and thought maybe if he read the book he would have liked it since it would have filled in the holes.

The didn't talk about how or why she was a hunter. They didn't really show how poor the district was. There was not the set up for it all.

The mutts could have been way scarier but I guess it is technically a youngster movie.

I guess if they had all that stuff we would still be watching the movie.

Even though we knew the outcome we still were on the edge of our seats.

Ky • twopretzels.com said...

AH! Perfect timing. I also downloaded this movie on appletv on Sunday night and we watched it.

1. The mockingjay pin frustrated me, too. I was like, "THIS IS NOT THE WAY IT GOES." And Craig promptly told me that this is also why I shouldn't read. :) That way I'm not disappointed in movies.

2. The shaky camera drove me nuts too in the beginning, but then I got over it.

3. I felt that they made the careers a snotty clique (they were, I know) but I hated them so much.

4. President Snow. Fabulous. However, I would have preferred to have some back story (I know, I know, it's a movie...)

5. Peta was totally bland to me. BOO. He was TOO SHORT and too weak to be her counterpart. It killed me.

I'm excited for Catching Fire. (We have to wait a year?) Did you read the third book? Boring.

Iris Took said...

Yes, I wanted it to be scarier!!

Iris Took said...

Agree Merp!! Peeta and Gale are ESSENTIAL to the book. Plus you would think they would ham it up for the tweeners.

Iris Took said...

B - good point about why Katniss is a hunter. They totally skimmed over that. I would like to see this movie be rated R and have it be totally scary and gory. Is that weird?

Iris Took said...

Ky! Thank you for showing me how to live comment - I am so excited about this!!!

The Peeta cast I was not that happy about - he did not do it for me. Maybe in Catching Fire - and YES you have to wait until Nov 2013. I put a link on my post to the IMBD site for it. I'm excited too.

I did read Mockingjay and it was the worst one of the three. Sadly. It was slow and Katniss was upsetting me. She is a teeneager though. She didn't upset me like Bella though - SHEEZ! That was garbage and I really had to bribe myself to keep reading.

Amber said...

I liked the movie, but LOVED the book. I know they couldn't fit all of the book into the movie, but they left out some parts that really shaped the storyline.

I don't think I would've liked the movie if I didn't have all the context/background from the books. Like the movie wasn't strong enough on its own for me.

The mockingjay pin frustrated me. Them not explaining what Katniss was a hunter frustrated me. I don't think they did a good enough job of explaining what's it's like in 12. Or the tension between the districts and the capital. If I hadn't read the book, I wouldn't've had any emotional connection. (Even though I knew what happened in the book, I still cried during the movie and sat on the edge of my seat the entire time.)

I loved Woody Harrelson. And Snow. I liked Katniss, although I didn't think I was going to at first. I have no opinion on Peeta at this time.

I didn't even notice the shaky camera.