Post # 62
@rosyQ87: I felt the same exact way! The way it was shot really took away from it for me. It was so shaky and unclear, etc. If the books are as graphic as I’ve heard, they really shouldn’t have to sheild that from people…I would say probably 98% of the theater we were in had read them, as the tween chattered back and forth about stuff in the book, etc. It kind made me motion sick at times, plus when the scene was over you were kinda like WTF just happened, I couldn’t see???
Post # 63
@MrsDrRose612: I would have loved for the film to be as graphic as I imagined the books, but slap an R-rating on there and *woosh* there goes a majority of the ticket buyers. Not to bring up a comparison that’s been brought up a million times by now, but if I want to see some realistically graphic violence involving children, I’ll stick with Battle Royale.
Post # 64
@rosyQ87 I love R rated movies. I always think that if a movie is only PG13, that they just didn’t make it realistic enough. lol I like sex, violence and drugs in my movies I guess…. hah
Post # 65
@PinkMagnolia: I get you. I love violent movies, too! I worry that it makes me sound like a creep because I wish the movie had been more graphic, like I enjoy seeing kids kill each other or something. It’s just that the source material has a lot of really dark things in it, and it’s a shame they couldn’t be a little more faithful in that regard. I felt like a lot of the violence was underscored, frequently because of that damn shaky camera, and it sort of negated the feeling for how terrible The Games really are, because they censored so much of it. I like films that challenge our notions of how much violence we can handle, or comment on our bloodlust in popular media. Sadly, at the end of the day, it’s all about the money and giving The Hunger Games a PG-13 rating = all the middle school and early high school target audience going = $$$.
Post # 66
@tehlilone: THIS!!! Could not have said it better. It wasn’t…hard enough. It wasn’t cold enough.
During the scene where Peeta and Katniss are about to basically kill themselves, it just didn’t ring powerful enough. I was with my sister who had not read the books, and she couldn’t really grasp how rebellious and powerful that was, how President Snow could be so angry over that act.
It didn’t have enough fight in it is what I think it comes down to it.
Post # 67
Overall, I really liked the movie. And I’ve finally learned my lesson not to re-read the books just before seeing the movie. There are just a couple things I wish they would’ve done differently.
1)The mockingjay pin. I wasn’t that upset that Madge didn’t give it to Katniss, but I wish they had given more background on the history of the mockingjay and the significance of the symbol.
2)Katniss’ internal conflict over Peeta. In the books, she starts out distrusting him and at one point thinks he’s plotting how to kill her in the arena. But she remembers how he saved her life and doesn’t want to have to kill him. And then she sees him with the pack of tributes and assumes he’s against her. And my interpretation was that she eventually does have *some* feelings for him, but at the same time was playing it up for the cameras. All of that struggle plays into his distrust of her later, and yet they cut it out and glossed over it. In the movie she was mad at him for like a minute, and then once she hears the announcement about teams being able to win, she disregards seeing him with the other tributes.
Post # 68
- Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France
I think that Katnis should have had an internal dialogue throughout the whole movie.. like in the book. (Similar to twilight) This way they wouldnt have to keep going out to the game makers and that crap. We would have been surprised along with katnis. I will say that the camo was really legit though lol
Post # 69
I love that there are so many opinions! I really like and agree with rosyQ87‘s take on the movie.
I actually liked how Katniss got the pin because through the books she never intended to be the symbol of revolution, she just wanted to get back to her family. She had no investment in the mockingjay pin, except that it was a token for her sister to remember her. Other people decided that the mockingjay would be the symbol.
Post # 70
I love the kid who plays Peeta – short he may be, but I think he’s a good actor and pretty darn cute in an “I didn’t see it coming” kind of way. Am I the only one? Though I might be bias because I majorly judge the guy who plays Gale for dating Miley Cyrus. Plus, I’ve always been Team Peeta.
Regarding things I missed: I think Cinna should have had a bigger role, I wish Hamish had been a bit more of a drunken mess (I don’t think he/his alcohol was featured nearly enough), and I wish they had shown the Avoxes.
Otherwise, there wasn’t much lacking from the movie. Of course, I think the story, while interesting, is rather trite, so I think it would have been a difficult feat to stray far from the original storyline. It’s one of those cases where I took my husband to see it without his reading it, and after comparing to the movie I basically told him he didn’t miss much and doesn’t need to bother reading the books.