So, I went to a midnight showing of Hunger Games, but before I get to the actual movie, I have to gush about the movie theater. We ended up going to Cinetopia which is a fairly new theater in the area and it is amazing. I walked into the auditorium and it was like…heaven. The seats were comfortable and were raised high enough to see over everyone in front, so you aren’t stuck looking at the back of some tall person’s head. And the screen…the screen was amazing. I’ve never seen a screen so big. I can’t go back to my usual Regal theater anymore….
Now the movie was practically the book, but better (at least to me). Quite literally, it is the book in movie form. Sure they changed a few things, and added scenes (which I don’t see how anyone could have a problem with that), but they stuck insanely close, down to the last bow Katniss takes during her evaluation. After reading the book for the second time, I came to realize I really didn’t like it a whole lot, at least not the whole Games part; I’ve always liked the beginning with them in the Capitol and preparing for the Games though. There just wasn’t a whole lot going on with Katniss during the Games that could hold my full attention. Which is why I believe this book was meant to be seen as a movie.
I was pleased to find out that the movie remained solely instrumental. I was actually worried that I’d have to listen to Taylor Swift at some point. And I liked the fact that they didn’t feel the need to add music in every seen; I liked that the Reaping scene remained quiet.
The filming style I think would annoy a lot of people, but I love the “shaky camera”—it reminds me of Battlestar Galactica. The way the movie was filmed, along with how it was edited made it feel more realistic to me.
Something felt off to me about the characters though, about the relationship between them I mean, especially between Cinna and Katniss. Maybe it’s because of the fact that I have read the book and I know to the fullest extent how strong their bond is and the movie merely couldn’t fit in or find ways to show their bond. Yes, they did, but it didn’t feel quite right. Even the relationship between Haymitch and them wasn’t as strongly shown in the movie, in my opinion. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the formation of relationships felt almost rushed. But I know that you can only do so much for a movie.
I didn’t like the ending. I understand that there’s only so much you can add to a movie, but after the Games, it was just one giant recap more than anything. They could have spent a little more time on certain parts, but I guess they weren’t essential for the movie to make sense....
Oh, and I loved their use of the flashbacks, how they added them in—of how her father died, and of course of how Peeta gave her the bread.
And seriously, if you didn’t care much for Peeta in the book, the movie could change your mind. That’s the beauty of movies; you can actually spend time showing more about certain characters instead of just seeing these characters through the eyes of the main character. And if you still don’t like Peeta after seeing the movie…something isn’t right with you. The girls sitting in the row behind me certainly couldn’t shut up about how much they loved him.
In my opinion, there could have been more blood. But my sister did point out that kids killing kids is a bit sensitive to people….eh. Also, I’ve never heard so many guys get overly excited for a movie based on a YA novel…it was weird. Oh! And while a lot of the girls there went around with their hair in a braid, there were two people who dressed like Capitol citizens. They were genius and I liked their outfits, especially the guy’s.
After the movie, I actually didn’t think much of it. It could have been because I was insanely tired [it’s hard for me to even stay up past 10:30 PM these days, staying awake until 3 AM is beyond pushing the limit] but I thought it was just simply “good”. However, by the time noon rolled around the next day (yesterday) my mind was going from “good” to “great” the more I thought about it. I really didn’t have expectations other than it stayed relatively close to the book, so there’s no way I’ve been disappointed with the movie, especially since I now prefer the movie over the book. My main complaint I suppose is that it felt rushed....
A friend of mine completely hated the movie though. Then again she decided to be a major idiot and read the book right before seeing the movie. That’s always a big no, no. So her opinions don’t really matter. Her biggest complaint was about the fashion of the Capitol, but I don’t think she understands that this is in the future, and fashion is always changing and in case she didn’t notice, even in the books, that the Capitol’s view on “beauty” is kinda gross (at least to me).
I talk a lot about nothing, I know.