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Friday, March 23, 2012

Movie Review: The Hunger Games

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister's place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy when she's pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
If you haven't read the book, I would recommend not reading this review, there are a few minor spoilers.

My Review: 

     It's very difficult for me to review this movie.  I absolutely loved The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but after reading Mockingjay, I really just couldn't stand the whole series.  I wanted this movie to rekindle my love for the series, but I didn't actually think it would. So I went into "The Hunger Games" movie with no expectations (or at least not very high ones).  I actually expected to dislike it, and I'm pretty sure that's why I actually ended up enjoying it.  I wasn't let down because I didn't let myself get my hopes up.  I purposefully didn't re-read the book before the movie because I knew that there would be even more details that I would find and want to see in the movies that inevitably wouldn't be there.  I decided to love the book for what it is, and try to separate the movie from it as much as I could.  And it worked.  I was able to appreciate the movie (even with everything it was missing), and love the book because it gave me even more of the story.  There were a few things that disappointed me though, like how the whole movie felt sort of rushed (especially the ending), how she never receives the bread from district 11, and how her relationship with Peeta seemed very shallow.  But, overall I thought it was well done, I felt like Rue's death was best-adapted scene from the book, I thought that Jennifer Lawrence was a better Katniss than I though she would be, and the outfits of everyone in the capitol were absolutely fabulous.  I wish they would have spent a little more time on the actual Games, and less time getting ready, but even so, it was very entertaining, and probably my favorite book-to-movie adaptation (other than the first three "Harry Potter" movies of course), and I would definitely recommend it!


  1. I know it may seem weird, but Mockingjay was my favorite book in the series. I was pretty surprised whey I saw the bad reviews it got.

  2. I'm glad to hear you liked it. I hope to see it very soon!!!

  3. good to know i'm not the only one who feels the same about MG. That book kind of destroyed me. I have heard so many disappointing things about the movie. That's why i've decided to not read the book too and to go without expectations.

  4. My daughter went to the midnight showing here last night and said the movie was "Pretty good, but I liked the book better." Not a ringing endorsement, but that's often the way it is when books are made into movies.

  5. I think that it was a pretty successful adaption of the books, all things considered!

  6. I had no problem with Mockingjay, I loved all three books and I thought MJ was a great ending to the series. When I found out about the casting I had no hopes for the film but after watching the trailer I was excited.
    I thought it was a good adaptation. I was actually glad with how much time they spent on showing everyone what happens BEFORE they go into the Arena. If they rushed that bit they would be missing so many key details to the games. It did miss (and re-write) some bits of the book but for me it included all the important parts.
    I loved how well Lawrence portrayed Katniss. I was worried the characters would be lost with some actors (specially Lawrence's) but everyone did an amazing job! :)
    I agree with the comment on Peeta and Katniss. Their relationship is better in the books because we know what's going through her head and how weird it is for her to understand.
    Me and my mate thought, for those who haven't read the books, they could certainly mistake the relationship between Cinna and Katniss. At times it could be perceived to be more than friendly :S And Rue's death was okay, it did tear me up but the Youtube one (Andye put it up long time back) is the best one I've seen. That one has me crying buckets everytime.

  7. There were things I liked and things I didn't, but I agree with Sheepa about the Rue scene. I'm surprised they didn't do a better job with that considering the Youtube video was SO well done. I actually cried when I watched it, but this one seemed....not as moving?

    I thought Jennifer did a good job, but I still don't think she emulates Katniss. Her acting was fine, but she just doesn't LOOK like a tough girl who's had to scrape and scrounge for every meal.

    I didn't care for Josh H at all for Peeta. He was weird looking, and awkward acting, and he and JL had zero chemistry together. I also didn't think the movie did a very good job of showing their relationship. They seemed like they didn't like each other at all, and they barely said two words to each other before the games.

    HOWEVER! There was a lot I did like. Seneca Crane was awesome, and Snow, Effie, Cinna (tho I do see what you're saying, Sheepa, I thought that too). I loved how they showed the behind-the-scenes shots of the producers. That was awesome.

    Mostly I really liked the movie. I'm pretty much always disappointed in these things because I want it to be as close to the book as possible, and they always seem to leave out things that would so easily be left in (like the bread from district 11). But with this one, I feel like they did a good job of keeping the important parts and the overall storyline.

    If I could only have ONE change....I'd want a new Peeta.

    1. (spoilers)
      There wasn't much of a relationship between Katniss and Peter and I think this is what happens when you change a book to a film, specially this one where so much is going on with the "relationship".

      LOVED Crane!!! THAT beard and THOSE blue eyes? I found myself crushing on the Gamemaker (who won't be in the second film *sniff*).
      And they swapped the bread for a mini-uprising in District 11 which I found odd since the uprising doesn't really start until the last book. Any mini-uprising would just get everyone (specially THAT district) killed.

  8. Take away the hullabaloo surrounding the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young adult book and what you have is an absorbing film with a dire premise that stands pretty much on its own. Lawrence is also the stand-out here as Katniss and makes her seem like a real person rather than just another book character brought to life on film. Good review Andye.

  9. Like Kit, I also didn't get my hopes up, and that;s why I ended up liking it too (but not loving it)

    My favorite parts were actually the BEFORE ones, I thought it really show Katniss' true character EXCEPT for, you know, Lawrence acting, I know I know, she is good but she's just not Katniss, I kept comparing her to how Katniss should look and it just didn't made sense for her to be a tiny, starving 16 yo.

    At the scene when Katniss is like "Peeta is strong, he can lift 100 pounds" my mom was like, "I bet you(Katniss) can lift him!" so even my mom, who hasnt read the books, noticed how awkward those characters are

    And if I wasn't a fan of their relationship of this couple before, now that I've seen the movie, I'm reassured they're not soulmates at all

  10. I also didn't really love Mockingjay like I loved the other books, but I still did really enjoy it. I loved the movie and I think that Jennifer Lawrence was the perfect Katniss. The scene with Rue was done so well. Just how I imagined it would be when I read the book. This one for sure one of the best book to film adaptions I have ever seen.

  11. I was going to watch it today but I GOT SICK and will have to wait until next weekend. I'll get crazy by then!! I can't believe it! =(


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