*There will be spoilers in this post regarding the Hunger Games movie. You’ve been warned! *
Do any of you remember THIS post?
If you don’t, that’s okay. It was my first time expressing my thoughts upon reading the Hunger Games trilogy. And let me tell you right now that it was not positive. When I meet people who say they LOOOOOOOVE (yes, there usually are that many Os) the Hunger Games, I prep myself for their reaction to my reply, which is, and forever will be, I love to hate them.
Cue the gasps and pitchforks.
No, I did not buy into the hype. No, I do not like Peeta. Not at all, really. No, I do not like Katniss. If I could get together with Gale, Cinna, the Avox girl, Finnick and Annie, I’d be set; they’re my favorites.
But this post isn’t meant to discuss my likes and dislikes regarding the trilogy. Instead, it is to talk about the recently released movie. I finally had the opportunity to put aside some school work to go see it. And to be perfectly honest, I liked it. Although, to clarify, I liked it as a movie. Naturally, as we’ve seen with our other beloved series, Harry Potter, there are differences from book to movie adaptations. Did I mind the differences? Not much. But here were a few that got to me:
Madge does not give Katniss the mockingjay pin. In fact, Madge doesn’t even exist in the movie.
Um. What. I love Madge. I always have. It’s such a pivotal moment that she and Katniss share, for both obvious and obscure reasons. I don’t think it would have hurt or detracted focus from the rest of the main focuses of the movie. The mockingjay, although given emphasis in the movie, is given an entirely different sort of emphasis than it receives in the book(s). It was one of those short, but powerful, moments I would have liked to see.
Uh, is Katniss really falling for Peeta?
I know how it all ends up, but regardless, Katniss did not initially return Peeta’s feelings. In fact, their romance was somewhat faked and staged for the Games. Aside from a short, comedic note from Haymitch, there was no indication that the romance was a ruse in the movie. Although this probably irked me more than anyone since I’m anti Katniss and Peeta.
I can’t say I minded him in the movie, but I also can’t say I was thrilled with his portrayal. While his deviousness becomes more apparent toward the end of the movie, I feel that Snow is so much creepier, horrific and evil in the book(s).
Those were the three big things that bugged me. Other minor things included the lack of bread sent from District 11, the lack of explanation or recognition that the dog hybrids had the eyes of the fallen tributes, and the destroying of the alliance’s goods (I’m sorry, but that bomb scene/explanation was much cooler and more difficult in the book).
Now for some positives! Since I did, in fact, enjoy the movie.
My liking of Caesar partly has to do with Stanley Tucci’s portrayal of him. That SMILE, people! That SMILE. It got me every time. So hysterical. But seeing Caesar also put him into a different perspective for me. He’s a little devious, yet not. A little evil, yet not. It helped to see him come to life.
Rue. And her death.
To be honest, I never loved or hated Rue in the book. I liked her well enough, but was ultimately unaffected by her death while I was reading. But the scene in the movie is so heartbreaking and so well done, that I finally cared. I was finally affected. I applaud them for constructing it well and taking special care with it.
No, not everything about the arena was as I imagined (bizarre Cornucopia, anyone?). But, overall, I thought it worked. The fire was much more terrifying than I ever pegged it to be, the cave was spot-on, and the gridded sky was unexpected but a nice touch (was I the only one thinking they projected a sky above them?).
She was the most annoying woman in the book. Well, maybe not the MOST annoying, but she was up there on the list. And yet, in the movie, I fell in love. Granted, they made her more humorous than I remember her being, but that’s okay. I felt like I actually got to see several sides to her, and that was nice.
Never thought I’d say this, but I DID actually like Peeta in the movie. Maybe that’s because Josh Hutcherson makes him more likable. I don’t know for sure. All I know is that, while I’m not the character’s biggest fan by a long shot, I think he’s perfectly portrayed in the movie. You get a sense of who he is and what he stands for, and it’s just right.
I loved seeing that round room full of people controlling and monitoring the events in the arena, with Seneca Crane watching everything. It gave us, as the audience, something that we didn’t have with Katniss in the book(s): an outside, behind-the-scenes look. It really put the Games into the perspective that they’re equivalent to a reality TV show.
Now that you know how I feel about the movie, what about you? Did you like the Hunger Games movie? Dislike it? Why? What about the differences between the book and movie – did they bother you?
|Leave a Reply |