Freckles in April: So. Hunger Games.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

So. Hunger Games.

Ok, can we talk about the Hunger Games movie? Please? Cool.

Did anyone else notice that Gale was on screen for about 3 minutes total? Liam Hemsworth looks so out of place in all the press stuff and Jennifer and Josh are all like, "Inside jokes! Friendly ribbing!" and he's like, "...yeah, haha..ha.." and now I know why. J & J were on set together for months and Liam was there for about 20 minutes to film his scenes and then he got to go home. I kind of wonder if he's hating this press tour just a little bit.

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Did anyone else notice how quiet the movie was? I'm not sure how they had enough material to release a whole soundtrack because most of the time I was smacking Aaron for eating his M&Ms too loudly and disturbing everyone else in the theater. You could have heard a pin drop. Or obnoxious teenage girls chattering over OMGPEETA. Whichever.



Speaking of obnoxious teenage girls, they cheered when Cato (spoiler) died. Ok, yeah, he was trying to kill Katniss and Peeta but it's not like he was a bad person. You can't blame him for trying to win. None of the deaths were worth celebrating. Twits. Their loud and constant commentary (in a completely full theater, mind you) ruined my experience just a bit.

As soon as it was over I wanted to watch it again (alone with my tissues, thanks), which is exactly how it was with the books. They brought Suzanne Collins on as a screenwriter, which almost NEVER happens. She steered them aright when it came to sticking to the source material. Sacrifices had to be made for the sake of time (very sad the bread from 11 didn't make the cut) but it was still pretty well done. Aaron said he felt unsatisfied, and I know what he meant. The books had so much more depth but that's kind of the way it goes when you're dealing with page to screen adaptation. I'm happy with what they gave us.

Did you see it this weekend? What did you think??

30 comments:

  1. I saw The Hunger Games last night!!
    Haha, I thought I was the only one telling my BF to 'shhhhhhh!!!' everytime he whispered something about the movie or rummaged in the popcorn box!
    I haven't read the book/s but I would like too!
    I felt the movie ended too abruptly..
    I thought Liam Hemsworth was one of the main characters.. the way they are making such a big fuss over him! I thought he would also be fighting in the Hunger Games an was so confused when I only saw him on screen 4 or 5 times!!

    I enjoyed the movie, initially wasn't keen on seeing it cos of the "children killing children" bits... it just sounded disturbing... but luckily it wasn't too graphic or gory.

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    1. Gale was a much bigger character in the book but he was like barely a footnote in the movie. I think that's why they made a big deal over Liam...his book character is important, even if his movie character was not! Sad. I like Gale.

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  2. The photos in this post crack me up! I saw the movie Saturday, and I was super excited. I teach tenth grade English and own about 15 copies of The Hunger Games.I can't keep it on the shelf. Kids are dying to read it, and as an English teacher that fills my heart with joy and hope. They love it!

    I think the movie was probably a bit confusing for people who hadn't read the books. There were so many subtle hints to things that were well-explained in Katniss's narrative in the novel, and I think that may have been lost on some viewers. I love how they gave Caesar a more unlimited narration role to explain things (like the tracker jackers for example) that may have otherwise confused the non-readers in the audience.

    I thought it was a great interpretation. I don't envy people who have to take a novel, so loved and turn it into a movie. Of course things are going to be left out, so the critics need to hush. I did miss the bread from District 11, although with my emotional state during all of that I probably would have started bawling (as opposed to the brave, "I'm not crying" crying I was doing- I think I've trained my tear ducts to only cry out of the eye on the opposite side of my husband so he can't see me crying). It was a poignant moment that I think would have had even more meaning than starting the rebellion.

    Wow. Sorry! I just wrote my own blog post.

    Katie- Hems For Her

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    1. My mom and I were talking about how non-book readers would probably find some stuff confusing. Like, they never explained that Katniss was starving to death and then Peeta threw her the bread. She was just sort of hanging out in the rain looking awful and he threw some bread in the mud.

      I thought the use of Caesar as a narrator was brilliant! Stanley Tucci is so awesome.

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  3. omg, haha, i went at 10 am on a friday just to avoid the teenagers, lol. i still bought tickets in advance, and got there super early, but felt silly cuz was only 1/4 full, and mostly retired people.

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    1. You did it the right way! Lesson learned. For Catching Fire I'm going on a school morning.

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  4. Saw it, would see it again, and definitely wanted to poke a few teens in the eye. Especially the one just over my left shoulder who kept freaking out, loudly, about all the things missing from the book.

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    1. Argh, people like that should be removed bodily from the theater.

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  5. Yes - I totally missed the bread! I was like wha-what? And yeah, watching the movie made me realize how little dialogue actually occurs in the books. It's mostly just Katniss's thoughts.

    I haven't been following the press tour really, but after that hilarious picture up there (I might be a Spongebob fan), I went through 16 pages of Lauren's tumblr. Could Jennifer and Josh be any cuter together? Now I want them to get together in real life.

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    1. Lauren's Tumblr is so fun. I would be clueless about so many things if not for her!

      How hilarious was the interview when she walks by and asks about his rash?? I love them.

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  6. erica^ and I went to midnight showing together and the loud commentary, giggles, and cheers were constant. although I couldn't complain because they kept me awake :) we thought they did a pretty good job though... there were a few tears shed. agreed, I can't wait to see it again.

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    1. I'm not going to lie- I went through like 6 tissues. I was a mess.

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  7. I loved it and also wanted to see it again as soon as it was over. Unfortunately we got there too late and the only 2 seats together were in the second row and we had to look straight up at a very motion-filled screen. About 20 minutes in the motion-sickness started and I couldn't enjoy my theater treats :( I think in a couple of weeks when it won't be so full, I'll go back and watch it from the back row and actually enjoy it. They did do a good job though!

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    1. I got lucky..I was in the very last row. A friend of a friend rented out a theater and we all had assigned seats. It was so awesome. We showed up 5 minutes before it started and had seats that didn't induce motion sickness.

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  8. Oh my goodness! Our entire theater cheered anytime someone was killed! I couldn't believe it! What does that say about our generation? That we are so desensitized that we can actually celebrate the death of another human being. And someone who was no more guilty than Katniss and Peeta. Crazy!

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    1. Those people clearly did not understand the books. That angers me.

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  9. I felt pretty unsatisfied myself. The whole movie felt a little rushed. But I guess that's going to be true of any book adaptation; you can never fit as much rich detail into a film as you can a novel. As for Cato's death, in the books it was definitely something to celebrate because he was BAT-SHIT CRAZY. I really hated his wimpy speech in the end of the movie. It's a completely different character.

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    1. Yeah, he was crazy but he was a product of a corrupt system. I think he was a symptom of how broken Panem was. I still can't blame him for being what he was! But yeah, very different character from the book.

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  10. I was in a theater full of couples and a few children and by children I mean still wearing barrettes mommy put in. Crazy! I thought it was good, but of course enjoyed the book so much more! I missed the bread and I also thought they should have showed the machine, was it a hovercopter, that picked up the bodies. They talked quite a bit about that process in the book. And, Gale...I love Gale and he was so left out. What got me the most though was the way they were dressed in District 12. If it is future shouldn't they have looked somewhat like today, not 1940? Seriously, they reminded me of how my mom dressed when she was little.

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    1. I actually really liked the wardrobe. It conveyed a lot about District 12 compared to the Capitol.

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  11. I had an even worse experience... some obnoxious teen girls LAUGHED when Rue died!

    WHAT? They also spent the whole movie yelling obnoxious/stupid things. I wish there was a way of weeding out annoying teens from normal human beings so people could watch movies in peace.

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    1. Um, those girls need to be kicked in the shins. SERIOUSLY?!?

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  12. Those pictures are hilarious.
    Saw it on Saturday in an absolutely silent theater (that in itself was awesome) and I came away pleased. I know it can be hard to do these books to movie adaptations, but I think they did a good job. And I have never said this about a movie before, but it felt short. I was like I could've sat there another hour and not even noticed. The build up to the games was great, but the games themselves felt really short. And yes I realize they have to edit down for movies, blah blah blah, but it just didn't feel like there was enough detail in some parts. Also, at the end I wondered if non books readers would realize that Peeta really was totally in love with her and it was not just for show. It was more obvious that Katniss was pretending. Other things were cut out--dogs weren't the old tributes, you didn't know Katniss was starving to death at the bread part or that Peeta was getting beat over the burnt bread--but overall it was a pretty good adaptation. And I need to stop here because I could talk about this forever.

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  13. I haven't seen it yet. I think that Spongebob picture is hysterical.... and I almost peed my pants laughing at "OMGPEETA."

    I can definitely wait until the majority of teeny boppers have gotten their fill. I just can't stand packed theaters anymore... even when I'm really excited about the movie. Blah. I'd rather have elbow room.

    And ooooOOoOoooooooohweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Liam Hensworth is HOT. Ugh. I'd pick him over whoever that actor is who plays OMGPEETA anyday.

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  14. Have you seen the big mess about the uproar from people on twitter that Rue was black?! I couldn't believe it. People were actually saying things like it ruined the whole movie and how disgusting that they made her and Cinna black. Other than that I loved the movie and when Katniss returned home and looked out into the crowd and saw Gale I felt that they immediately needed to make pretty brunette babies. :)

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    1. Um, seriously?? The books made it pretty obvious she and Thresh were black. People are crazy.

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    2. I just saw all the crazy stuff about that today. It's funny, because I know the books say that these people are "dark-skinned", but I never pictured them black in my head. It certainly didn't bother me that they were black in the movie, though. Crazy racist people. There is also a bit of uproar over Katniss being white, because she was described as "olive-skinned" so everyone assumed that meant native american or something.

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  15. Have you seen the big mess about the uproar from people on twitter that Rue was black?! I couldn't believe it. People were actually saying things like it ruined the whole movie and how disgusting that they made her and Cinna black. Other than that I loved the movie and when Katniss returned home and looked out into the crowd and saw Gale I felt that they immediately needed to make pretty brunette babies. :)

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  16. Giiiiirrrl, you should have watched it in Oakland like I did--then that movie would have been the opposite of silent. The whole audience was so into it and voicing their thoughts that I almost said "shhhhhh!" at least a dozen times.

    Still an amazing, amazing movie. And I really do my Oaklanders.

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  17. I think I was most disappointed in how small Peeta was. Sounds weird, right? I mean the Actor did a GREAT job personality wise, but theres so many things in the book that mention Katniss is small and Peeta is kind of big and brawny. I can't picture him cuddling her on his lap in the next movie. A silly thing to bother me, but its still driving me nuts!

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