The Hunger Games: The Movie

I saw The Hunger Games Monday night, so I thought I’d share my thoughts about the movie.  I wasn’t sure how tired I’d be Monday night after seeing it, so I decided it would be best to wait a day to gather my thoughts.  And as it turned out, I was utterly exhausted by the time I got home.  There’s no way I could have written anything resembling coherence.

There will be spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it, and don’t want to have the spoiled, you have been warned.  

I really liked it!  I thought it was a good adaptation, and was pleasantly surprised to see that it followed the book pretty well.

I loved seeing the scenes where they show the commentators for the Hunger Games as well as the scenes between Seneca Crane and President Snow.  And the scenes in the Game Room were a nice addition too.  And the districts watching the games!  Seeing a different side of things was a good idea, because you never really thought about the other side in the book.  At least, I didn’t.

It really made it feel like I was watching reality t.v., and when you think about it, the Hunger Games is the ultimate reality t.v. show.  For me, it really showed how ridiculuous reality t.v. can be.

Rue!  I cried, and I really wish I had some Kleenex with me.  Overall, a lot of the deaths were harder to take than I thought.  Rue’s especially, but also Cato’s.  And the initial bloodbath at the Cornucopia…reading it, I was all “whatever.”  But there’s a difference between reading and seeing.  Rue’s death was the saddest, and her death really brought to life the horror and the unfairness of the Games.  It’s really too bad they didn’t show the parachute from District 11.  I would have liked that.

Here’s what surprised me: the romance wasn’t as played up as much as I thought.  Which is good, because the books were never about the romance for me.  But there was a point where they didn’t play it up as much as it should have.  The point did get across though, so all in all, I think it worked out.

Other thoughts: Effie was unexpectedly hilarious.  The Capitol was cool, and reminded me of Star Wars.  The people who live in the Capitol looked ridiculous but not as ridiculous as I thought.  What was with Prim freaking out?  It’s like she doesn’t know what’s going on, but standing on the sidelines and actually having to participate are 2 very different things.  Still, she has to have some idea what’s going on.  Their mom was more irritating than I expected.  Haymitch was less of an ass than I expected…and also less drunk than I expected.

Is it just me or did the berry scene at the end of the film seem a lot longer in the book?  I thought the scene with Snow when he’s standing in the gameroom and then leaves was really creepy.  Lenny Kravitz as Cinna: loved it!  And why isn’t there a version of Rue’s Lullaby on the soundtrack?  Speaking of the soundtrack: after seeing the movie, I love the song selection even more.

All in all, I was pretty happy with it, and I really want to see it again!

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