Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hunger Games Movie Thoughts

The moment that I've been waiting for since I read The Hunger Games in April of 2009 (yeah, I was kind of ahead of the curve, but didn't read it RIGHT when it came out) finally came. I went to a midnight showing of The Hunger Games.

I hadn't anticipated on going, but Penelope from The Reading Fever organized a great event, and I couldn't not go with my blogger friends. Jenni Elyse has a great recap up on her blog if you want to know how the pre-party went.

So, here are my thoughts on the movie with as few spoilers as possible. There will inevitably be spoilers for the book, so you may not want to read my review until you've either read the book or seen the movie.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. Jennifer Lawrence was Katniss. Yes, she's too old, curvy, not starved, whatever. But, none of that matters to me. She channeled Katniss and even without the inner dialogue that we were privy to in the book, she was absolutely convincing. Things that stood out to me were how she was really cold, but the chemistry between her and her sister Prim, and Cinna, just popped off the screen. Loved it. I also thought she was extremely convincing at showing fear. The moments before she entered the arena were very intense.

Liam Hemsworth as Gale. Eh, he was okay. I thought he really needed to learn to close his mouth though. He looked like a total mouth breather.

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark. I really liked him! I thought he did a good job as Peeta, and though he didn't blow me away, he wasn't Robert Pattinson.

Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman. I could not get enough of Stanley Tucci. He is to Casear Flickerman as Alan Rickman is to Snape. Born for the role. I WISH he was in Mockingjay so that I could see more of him.

Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. I was not expecting much from Lenny Kravitz. But, he really knocked it out of the park, particularly in his scenes alone with Katniss. Very well done.

Pre-arena stuff was done really well. The CGI for the flames on Peeta and Katniss were a little hokey. But, everything else looked great, especially the capitol citizens. There was a stark contrast between District 12 and the Capitol, which was great.

The arena didn't make me quite as tense as it did in the book. But, things like Rue's death, the tracker jackers, and the muttations were nicely done.

Overall, this is one of the best book to movie adaptations I've seen in awhile. But, it should be noted that all I wanted was to get the same feeling from the movie that I did from the book. And it definitely delivered.

Have you seen the movie? What did you think?

21 comments:

  1. I totally agree that Jennifer Lawrence was too old and curvy for the part.

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    1. I think that they did that on purpose. Having a younger cast with all the violence would have made the movie a bit harder to take. I think it worked out.

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  2. The fear she showed going up the tube into the arena was amazing. I thought Gale was just fine and didn't notice the mouth thing! Too funny! I was worried about Peeta, but agree that he did a great job. My main complaint... motion sick!!!

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    1. The camera work was really shaky. I've just never been a huge fan of Gale. But, my heart was pounding during those first few minutes in the arena. I was like, "Don't stop running!!!"

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  3. I really enjoyed it! Really well done! I had a ton of fun too! We need to do this again for Catching Fire!!!

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    1. We definitely will! And I'm glad that you hit it off so well with my awesome blogger friends!

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  4. I don't think I've seen another book to movie adaptation I liked as much. Everything was so close to the way I imagined it. I thought Jennifer Lawrence was great. I always rooted for Katniss, but I never found her entirely likeable, and Jennifer Lawrence was the same. If anything, I might have liked her a bit more.

    I loved her scenes with Prim and Rue, they really showed how Rue reminded her of Prim. I also liked the way they used flashes to the commentary to explain things like the Tracker Jackers, etc.

    The only scene that didn't get things across well enough, for me, was the cave scene. Just because there was no way to show the inner conflict Katniss had over Peeta, or realize that she wasn't being entirely genuine. But I don't know how they could have shown that, anyway.

    I just loved it :) My daughter went with me (we saw it in a drive in on a stormy night with helicopters circling in the distance--perfect!). She hadn't read the books but wants to now.

    Love. Love. Love :D

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    1. The cave scene is difficult, because like you said, there was a lot of inner dialogue that happened. So, Katniss isn't really all the way in. But, that's what the books are for I guess. And, I really hope the movie gets more people to read the books.

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    2. Maybe they could have thrown in another Haymitch scene there to explain it better? I think, overall, they decided not to make as much of the cave scene as the book did. They also didn't take Peeta's leg. There's only so much they can portray in a 2.5 hour film!

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  5. I agree. Jennifer Lawrence did a great job. Right before she goes to the arena she was literally shaking. It was very convincing.

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    1. That scene really got me. And, when she absolutely loses it after Rue's death. It was sobbing, but not in a way that seemed totally fake.

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  6. I agree, Emily. This is one of THE best movie adaptations I have ever seen, and that includes The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I thought all of the characters were absolutely perfect. Stanley Tucci and Lenny Kravitz just slayed me. I can't wait to see it again!

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    1. I can't either! I've heard that it's even better the second time. I am so happy that they did this book justice.

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  7. Stanley Tucci is my hero. I just love him in everything I see him in. He was so good here. The movie overall was just really good; my friends and I saw it Friday evening after my birthday dinner. We all loved it. It stayed pretty true to the book, which was nice, but had some needed differences.

    As for Gale, I agree with your assessment. We saw him and Katniss hunting once, then the rest of the time it was "Act sad with mouth open." LOL.

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    1. Oh, happy birthday James! I'm glad that you liked it too. I really was fine with the changes as well.

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  8. It was incredible, I was blown away. Jennifer Lawrence did a fantastic job and I felt it all, when Rue died, I was crying almost as much as she was.
    And OMG did anyone else almost jump out of their seat when the first Muttation leapt in, I literally almost fell out of my seat, and my heart was going like mad.
    So, so good. Can't wait to see it again.

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    1. It startled me too! I scare pretty easy though.

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  9. I thought the same thing - they did a great job adapting the book to film. The casting was good, too. I was very happy with how it turned out!

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  10. I'm going to see it tomorrow.FINALLY! I can't wait. I like to think book to film adaptations are just an addition to the story. Makes me enjoy them more! I'm really forward to everything!

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  11. This movie did not disappoint in the least! They stayed very true to the book, and I think the exceptions simply made for a more easily understood film without taking from the overall depth of the story. The characters were fabulous. I did expect Cato to be a bigger, broader guy, but his cockiness won over his part.

    I seriously loved it. This goes right up there with HP 7.2 in my book!

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