My Thoughts on The Hunger Games Movie

I only got one book in the mail this week so I’m going to skip the IMM and tell you my thoughts on The Hunger Games instead.

I do talk about some specific scenes in the movie so if you don’t want to be spoiled don’t read it. But please come back after you’ve saw the movie!

Things I loved:

Jennifer Lawrence
You guys, she is amazing. Amazing. I know a lot of people were shocked when she was cast but you cannot deny that she is Katniss. She embodies her and played her so, so well.

The EMOTION
Wow…I think the movie was more emotional than the book. Am I totally off base by saying that? I think it was because we aren’t in Katniss’s cynical jaded, head. We are outsider watching the movie and it just made it gut wrenching. Does that make any sense? I had tears in my eyes and a knot in my throat so many times while watching. I absolutely loved that. It was so powerful.

The District 11 uprising
I have a feeling that some people probably didn’t like this as it was a change from the book but I really liked it. The book is full of subtle signs of rebellion and resistance. That probably wouldn’t work well on screen. You need action in a movie and you might have to tell the story in a different way for people that haven’t read the books. I think the uprising/fight in District 11 after Rue’s death was a perfect way to do that. You got the full impact of the Games that way, on what it does to the people.

Gale & Peeta
I am Team Peeta all the way, but Gale was pretty fantastic. He wasn’t in it much but when he was he was really great! Oh Peeta….Josh did a really fantastic job. He was charming and very much…Peeta. I don’t think he was as swoon worthy as in the book, but what mere human can possibly live up to the fictional Peeta. Regardless, I loved him and he did a wonderful job.

District 12
I am in awe of District 12. It was exactly how I pictured it. It was breathtaking and sparse. I live about two hours away from where they filmed it so I can definitely say they stayed true to what it really looks like while remaking it into District 12. They really captured southern Appalachia.

The violence
We were all a little worried, right? PG-13…I so hoped they wouldn’t tone down the violence too much. It’s kind of pivotal to the story. I was very pleased with how it turned out.

The kiss
Sooooo good!

The romance was NOT the main focus
I was worried they would play up the romance but hooray they didn’t! At all! I think there was less romance than in the book. That was surprising.

Prim, Cinna, & Haymitch
Were all extraordinary! Willow Sheilds is fantastic! Lenny as Cinna raised a lot of eyebrows but I think that he pulled it off perfectly. He was Cinna. Woody as Haymitch was great. I think they made Haymitch a little nicer in the movie. I’m completely fine with that. I couldn’t be happier with the side characters.

The very short list of things I didn’t like:

Not enough focus on the fact that Peeta really is in love with Katniss
I really, really thought they would end the movie with the fight between Peeta and Katniss. The fight that makes it clear that he is in fact in love with her. They left that out completely and I feel like they made it seem like they were both acting. That makes me sad…

The Cato/Glimmer chemistry
That was weird, right? The big deal with Peeta and Katniss is that they are in love. That’s what makes them special….so why were Cato and Glimmer very friendly? That kind of steals Katniss and Peeta’s thunder.

Okay, I’m going to stop now…But OMG I LOVED IT! It was really everything I hoped it would be. I’m going to see it again on Monday and I can’t wait! What did love?! Did you dislike anything? I want to know your thoughts.

Comments

  1. I think I have to see it again to be able to form coherent opinions. I wanted a more dazzling and irreverent Katniss in the interviews, I wanted a more Peetaish Peeta. I do agree with many of your points though. Dictrict 11 above all! That was awesome. And the trackerjacker scene was amazing. Jennifer was indeed Katniss.
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  2. Yeah, the Glimmer/Cato thing was weird. And I also didn’t like how they cut out the argument at the end. I guess they were hinting at the fact that he was actually in love with her by him saying, “I don’t want to forget,” but that was super vague – could have meant anything. I wanted him to say at least a little something about how he wasn’t acting.

    And I agree that Haymitch was nicer. I missed his meanness a little. lol Also, I’ve been Team Gale since the beginning, so I was happy with his scenes. But I felt his wonderful-ness overshadowed Peeta a little? Maybe I’m just not a Josh fan. Still, the movie was EPIC! Absolutely loved it! :)
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  3. Oh gosh, I love Josh. I’ve been a fan of his for a really long time though. I think he did Peeta reall well, and his emotion was super amazing. Loved him and Jennifer as Katniss too! super awesome!! It was just amazing. I don’t compare the book and movies in terms of being mad about things…it will always be different when it’s a movie, and I’m totally fine with that. It’s a new medium. I like when things are changed, and it’s not like they can keep things totally the same. So yeah, the ending was fine with me. I really enjoyed it. I didn’t think peeta seemed like he was acting at all. Them fighting and then the movie ending wouldn’t work too well, like it did in the book, I don’t think. LOL
    But I’m in love. It was great. Can’t wait to see it again.
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  4. The fact that you are going again says a lot!!  I haven’t seen it yet but will this coming week.  I am soooo looking forward to it!!
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  5. OMG I was so waiting for that ending fight! It’s the whole turning point of their relationship! I guess that whole thing will come down in book 2 when they’re forced to travel through the districts and stuff.
    Still I’m going to watch the movie again, because I really think this is the best book-to-movie adaptation ever.
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  6. The District 11 uprising was such a powerful part of the film. I also think it was a good way to foreshadow the next movies. I loved the movie but felt a little sad after watching it. It was hard watching what the character’s were forced to endure.

  7. I pretty much agree with everything you said. I had no doubts about Jennifer after I saw Winter’s Bone. I am so proud of Josh’s performance and equally happy they didn’t pump up the romance. I think the “I don’t want to forget” piece was sufficient but it doesn’t let the audience know that Peeta is not acting. And of course, the audience isn’t aware that Katniss is oblivious… 

    District 11’s reaction to Rue’s death brought tears to my eyes moreso than her dying. It was so powerful. All the subtle rebellious acts were done so well. The tone of the movie was also spot-on, and the violence wasn’t gory but they didn’t tone it down.

    They aren’t going to get everything perfect, especially since there is never enough time to include it all. I have to say though, they stayed as true as they could. One of the best book-to-movie adaptations I’ve ever seen.

  8. I think if I watched it a second time I would love it even more. I did love the District 11 uprising scene though. It was perfect!
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  9. It’s been ages since I read the books so I didn’t notice all the little changes but my friend did and pointed some out to me afterwards. I think they did a great job of turning the movie into a book without ruining it!
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  10. I agree with every one of your points. Especially about the deal that anyone not having read the book wouldn’t understand the depth of Peeta’s feelings for Katniss. I also think how much was axed from the cave scene diminished that a little, too. BUT it was still a bang-up job of an adaptation. Possibly the best to date. Great review. :)

  11. Well, I thought it was pretty clear he was in love with Katniss, and there was less emphasis on the strategy (which made me a bit sad). I thought the gamemakers were less harsh in the movie. How could they let Katniss sleep with Rue taking care of her for DAYS, I thought they would send natural disasters after them, or at least get found by the others…
    Rue made me cry. I cried in the book too, so no surprise there. I kept thinking the guy who revolted was her father…
    And Peeta. I like him. But I still thought he was really useless during the Games (well, he didn’t kill anyone in the book either, but I thought his strategist brain was where he shined in the book.) But you have to wonder where in the world he found paint to do that elaborate face painting next to the river.

    Somehow I imagined Cinna to be more fashion forward, him with only gold eyeliner made me a bit sad.

    Because I read the book, every time I see a character I think “oh shoot, she’s going to die..and him..and her..”

    And I surprisingly liked Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss even though I had doubts.

    I am dragging my parents tot he theater on Monday to watch it.
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  12. What a great post! I completely agree with the Glimmer / Cato thing being a bit odd. I also felt that for people who haven’t read the books, they should have been a bit more clear about the whole Peeta / Katniss thing. On the train when he says he doesn’t want to forget, my hubs was confused and I had to explain that Peeta really is in love with Katniss and it wasn’t fake for him. ALso I think that they should have explained better about how bad off Katniss and her family really were. After seeing it a second time, I loved it just as much, but I noticed a lot of things that would have really confused me had I not read the books. I think all of the actors were very perfect for their roles. They could not have chosen any better in my opinion.
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  13. I’m pretty sure you captured just about everything I loved about the movie. It was SO good! I mean, I didn’t really have my doubts… but it really surpassed my expectations, in all aspects. My only complaint, which really isn’t a complaint as much as it is an observation, is that they kind of downplayed Peeta’s feelings – I guess since I read the book I knew he wasn’t acting, but I wonder how it looked to those who haven’t read it. I guess that’s just the romantic in me coming out… I do love that they didn’t turn the movie into a love story; that would’ve ruined it for me, big time!

    Great post and I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! Enjoy it the second time around!
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  14. I agree with you for the most part.  I really wanted more of Peeta’s personality shown.  He said so many things hat could have easily been included in the movie.  For me he was one of the best things about the book so I wanted it to feel that way in the movie as well.  But I really loved the  movie overall.

  15. I’ve held off on seeing it because 1) I wanted not to be in the theater with a million other people and 2) I know I’m going to cry like a baby. I cry at the commercial. There’s just something so visceral about this movie and I agree, the actress who plays Katniss looks EXACTLY like what I pictured.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!!
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  16. The Cato/Glimmer thing freaked me out too. I mean, they aren’t even from the same district. Who even goes into the Games and starts a relationship bound to end anyways?? I could see if it was Cato and Clove, because they are from the same district, or Glimmer and Marvel. The rule change would have given them some hope. Except at the end..they wouldn’t be smart enough to do the stunt with the berries.

  17. Awesome recap of the movie! I couldn’t agree more with everything you said. I was also a little taken aback by the Cato/Glimmer relationship. She drove me crazy, but I think Cato really epitomized the careers. He was sufficiently creepy and intense, while she was far too vapid. And yeah, where was the Peeta/Katniss moment? The end needed it. Other than those two details, like you said, the movie was really fantastic. Really great overview–you’ve made me want to see it again right away! 
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