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24 March 2012 @ 12:44 am
The Hunger Games Movie  
So, I got to see the Hunger Games movie today. I was really surprised at how packed the theater was for it being 3:15 on a Friday.

I thought the movie was decent. It wasn’t stellar, but it wasn’t crappy either. I’m going to list off some of the stuff I liked and didn’t like about it and compare it a bit to the book, so beware, spoilers ahead for both book and movie.


Likes:
- I LOVED Seneca Crane and the entire arc that included him. Casting was excellent (omg he is HAWT), the beard was clever (and handsome, once you got used to it), and he brought some skills. The writing for him was pretty good, and his character arc was interesting. Poor, poor Seneca Crane.

- All of the behind-the-Games scenes. They fit so perfectly into the world, and yet they were something we couldn’t see in the book because of the POV, though I freely confess that the book wouldn’t work in any other POV other than it was written, at least not as well. I thought seeing into the Gamemaker’s Room, and the conversations with President Snow, and the ultimate way he was disciplined was great. I also loved seeing Haymitch working hard for Katniss, and feeling for her, every step of the way.

- The casting. Especially the physical casting—almost all of the characters, with the exception of Snow, was pretty much how I imagined them. Rue, Foxface (Especially Foxface!), everyone looked almost exactly like I imagined them. There wasn’t much dialogue, for obvious reasons, but all of the emoting was very well done (So much better than constipated Edward Cullen, LOL).

- Effie. I loved Effie. She was perfect. “MANNERS!” Haymitch. Oh Haymitch. I didn’t think I’d like him at first, but through the movie he won me over. Seeing him work to help Katniss out didn’t hurt either.

Dislikes/Complaints:

- I could have done with a better soundtrack. With so little dialogue, soundtrack was key, and while it was decent, it didn’t carry the movie in the way I felt it should have been carried.

- I was incredibly disappointed by the lack of Rue’s Lullabye being sung out completely. I had really been looking forward to that.

-I thought that some of the more intense moments could have been played up a bit. Katniss feels everything intensely, even if it doesn’t always seem to show. Some of those moments could have been ramped up a lot—though this in part probably goes back to the “the soundtrack could have been better” thing.

- I was disappointed in a couple of the cut scenes. I liked the bread-from-District-11 scene in the book. Though with that one, the addition of the rioting in 11 did sort of make up for it. I understand things have to be cut for the movie, but a few of them could have been a bit… smoother? Perhaps is the word I’m looking for.

Overall, I think it was a pretty good movie, but probably better if I hadn’t read the book…
 
 
 
Reg Flint, the Inveterate Snarker: Hunger Gamesreg_flint on March 24th, 2012 06:54 am (UTC)
I am looking forward to film but how in Salazar's sweet name did they manage to leave out Rue's lullaby?
This is the place where I love you was when she really awoke. Damn them.
Gelseygelsey on March 24th, 2012 07:12 am (UTC)
Well, she sings the first few lines... but not the whole thing. I hope you like it when you see it.
MissBlane: A is for Amazingmissblane on March 24th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
I loved it. I agree with you on the added scenes - Seneca Crane, the behind-the-scenes, and District 11.

I loved the Rue scenes. The riots in District 11 broke me, and that's when I actually had tears streaming down my face. It was so emotional and well done. I was ok with the lullaby (though, to be fair, I hadn't read the book in a while, so I didn't remember the whole thing), but I was a little sad that they didn't have the mockingjays repeating the lullaby.

I also agree with you on the casting - Snow was the only one I didn't picture that way (and Cinna, but I really liked Kravitz as Cinna!).

I pretty much loved the whole thing, though. I wasn't disappointed with any of the changes. I can't wait to see it again and to read the book again!
Gelseygelsey on March 24th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
I have a huge crush on Seneca Crane. I thought it added so much dimension to his character. I heard someone say that he wasn't as much of a villain this way, but I never did few Crane as the villain, but Snow, who ultimately is the one behind everything.

The lullabye is a particular favorite of mine. I also don't like that we never actually saw a mockingjay. How hard could they be, considering they did the mutts (though without human faces, alas).

Snow I always pictured as more... smooth and put together. Like Crane, only old and white headed. Blood on his breath and snake-eyed. Cinna was also different than expected--I pictured him younger, smoother-skinned--but he did an excellent job. I was sort of let down that the prep team weren't the chattery little fools you become fond of.

I liked it, though I didn't love it. However, as a book adaption, especially one where you're mostly in the person's head, it was really very good.
southernwitch69southernwitch69 on March 24th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
A few friends went to see it. They had mixed feelings about it but the overall opinon was that it was worth seeing. I'm gonna go check it out at some point! :)
Gelseygelsey on March 24th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Mixed feelings but overall positive is basically my thoughts, yes :) You should, it was good. The book rocks.
Laceylaceymoibella on March 24th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
Overall, I enjoyed the movie. My grievances are small.

I did not like how Katniss acquired the mockingjay pin, they should havw kwpt it that the mayor's daughter gave it to her because it has more impact with the unsaid implication they were part of the rebellion.

That's it for now. I have to run.
Gelseygelsey on March 24th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
Overall, I enjoyed it too. I just had my few little things as well.

Initially I agreed with you--the connection to the district was key with the pin. However, I thought about it, and the way the old woman let her have it did forge a similar feeling. Initially, really, they weren't part of the rebellion, so that connection doesn't matter to me. Really, 12 is the last district to join, and really it never did--it got bombed first.

Look forward to any more thoughts you want to share :)

I really do wish the soundtrack had been better, though.
Laceylaceymoibella on March 25th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
I thought the same about the soundtrack. Normally, I check it out, even buy it ifI like it enough before the movie comes out and that wasn't the case.

I also wish they had had Peeta and Katniss put the berries in their mouths like they did in the book.

I was also hoping for more with the dead tribute mutant mutts. For those that did not read the book, they did not know the significance of them.
Gelseygelsey on March 25th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
For so little dialogue, we really really needed a better soundtrack. More intense.

Yes, that would have been good. I also wish they'd done the thing with his leg. And maybe even that "Peeta realizing it hadn't been all real for Katniss" thing.

Yes, the mutts. They really could have done more than that.

And I missed the bread from 11, though like I said, the riot scene did help with that...