Friday, March 23, 2012

Feeding on Words: The Hunger Games Movie

Spoiler Alert: because it's eating me too much and I don't want to keep it all to myself. To those who have not seen the movie, read with utmost discretion. This is a completely opinionated review and I will be rambling on the first few lines just so you don't get to read what you don't want to read even before you click the link. There, that should be enough.

Warning: very long post below...much like the Transformers review I wrote which you can read here. Also, when I say 'that did not happen' I really mean 'that did not happen in the book'. Okay?

Happy 74th Hunger Games!

As the world may know, The Hunger Games Movie has been released officially today! Because everyone probably already knows what the Hunger Games is about, I'll skip directly to the movie.

Blablabla rambling because I can't say it all straight. By the way, for those of you who don't want to go through all this muck, I shall do you a favor and boldface the highlights OR you can just skip to the summary. =) I know how boring this will get. AND if you want a shorter version which basically says all that I wanted to say and even more, read NY Times' movie review by Manohla Dargis.

Anyway, play by play starts here.

First scene, Seneca Crane being interviewed by Caesar Flickerman. Honestly, I didn't understand what they were saying. It was something about the 'edge' of the this year's Hunger Games? I don't really know because the high school kids behind me were so excited they could hardly keep their mouth shut. =)

And off we go into District 12, where poles of what seemed to be electric wires lined the streets, a district that is supposed to lack electricity every day. Then we see Katniss and Prim, where Prim just had a nightmare that she would be picked in the reaping, which later proves to be true and she ends up living her nightmare in front of everybody. This part did not happen in the book. Then Katniss sings to Prim, which is good, I guess because she does sing to Prim when she has nightmares. In fairness, Jennifer Lawrence has a voice though we don't get to hear a lot of it because she doesn't sing the whole song, which I think is a loss because I think it would be a great and haunting song for movie goers who've read the book. You know, we'd keep hearing it in our heads even after we've showered and changed and are ready for bed; that kind of song. But, oh well, I guess the first stanza will have to suffice. Moving on, Prim asks Katniss where she's going. This is odd because, well, she's been going out of the house and into the woods ever since she was 11 and Prim was, what, 7? So Prim should have known where Katniss was going. And no cheese! (Readers will understand that Prim left goat cheese on the table for Katniss and Gale as they 'celebrate' the coming reaping.) And Buttercup is black! (Readers, Buttercup is named buttercup because of its buttercup color. He's supposed to be the ugliest cat in the world. I read the book again before I realized I'd been imagining a black cat but no, it's Buttercup.)

So, Katniss walks out of the house and into the woods. We see miners walking, children hiding behind wooden houses, a semi-dam near a river that I don't really remember reading about. Then the chain link fence with the High Voltage sign which does not appear to be a chain link fence at all. Details, details. She slips between the two highly 'non-dangerous' wires like a boxer entering the ring. Small note: I think predators such as bears and wild dogs can easily slip into the district if you had a fence like that. It wasn't even barbed. Anyway, walking and walking, she gets the bow and her arrows from a really cool hollow tree. No comment. Then she hunts for a deer. Funny thing is, I kept waiting for Edward Cullen to snatch the deer away before the arrow hits it. XD Not going to happen though because Gale suddenly speaks and the deer runs away, probably into the hungry fangs of the Cullens. So Gale makes up for it by tossing a stone somewhere and Katniss shoots down a bird, a groosling probably. Nothing much going on until a hovercraft comes. Tada! What was that for? Anyway, the running away plans, the 'I will never have kids', the 'we could do it you know', and then the 'is this for real?' Duh. Bread, real or not real? I understand they don't see a lot of bread in the Seam but a reaction like that can hardly be expected. Nevertheless it was funny.

Which leads me to another general comment: Katniss looks too well-fed. I mean, sure, she doesn't have to be stick thin but, you know, she's chubby, which doesn't reflect much of the food scarcity the district is experiencing. Sure, Katniss is better fed than the rest of the cast of kids in 12 but, well, you know, I may just be biased. =p

Going back to 12, we find Prim all dressed up and Katniss also dressing up and Katniss giving the Mockingjay pin to Prim 'for good luck' which she bought, no, was given by presumably Greasy Sae at the Hob. Note: the Hob, I like. It does look like the Hob. But the Mockingjay pin acquisition-- the complete deletion of Madge Undersee, the Mayor's daughter, the daughter of the best friend of Haymitch Abernathy's partner during the 2nd Quarter Quell--I protest to that. I can see why screen writers would think it's okay to cut out her character but I think it loses the meaning of the pin. Well, not loses it but diminishes its importance even though we get to read the explanation only when we get to Catching Fire. It's sad because Madge was one of the few friends Katniss had and they killed her too. Sniff.

To the reaping! Effie Trinket -- should have been wearing a green dress -- arrives looking like, never mind. The tributes get their fingers punctured and their blood sampled and scanned, which I find really cool and is probably one of the few things that remind me that the book and movie are classified as Sci-Fi. Then they position the tributes in their places, NOT in order of age but, oh I don't know, in a way that the cameras can get a good shot of them: girls to the right and boys to the left when facing the stage. The stage, by the way, is on the lobby of the Hall of Justice...doesn't that sound a bit, hmm, local? I'm sure the term was not hall. Anyway, this part I might need to watch again because as I can remember, the first view of Gale mouthing 'it's okay' was when he was at Katniss's right side. Then we see him on her left side when he makes fun of the video. Then when Katniss volunteers for Prim, Gale walks toward the right and appears on the left side of Prim to carry her away. Is it just me or is Gale moving very fast and all over the place? (my brain is confused) Will watch that part again. Here's a technical glitch though, when Katniss was volunteering for Prim, the video wasn't smoothly cut. You can see a quick jump in the movement of the Peacemakers and Katniss. Oh well.

So Katniss is District 12's volunteer tribute then the whole crowd salutes with their left hand. Take note: left hand. Take note because when District 11 salutes Katniss, they used their right hand (or I may just need to remember where left and right is). The salute itself wasn't so glorious or tear-jerking or whatever. We don't see the grown-ups do it but only the other tributes. We don't see the gamblers or the parents much and we won't really understand why they did that. For non-readers: the salute was something special, like a thank you to someone they care for, like a goodbye to someone they love. In fairness, though, the silence was haunting. I guess silence is the best way to communicate fear in the district.

Then we go to Peeta's name being called. Woohoo! Give it up for the boy with the bread! Apparently, Katniss and Peeta didn't grow physically because they look the same as their 11-year old selves. I like how they seemed to connect with that memory when they shook hands though. It was a cool way to interpret what Katniss in the book was thinking.

Three minutes in Panem also differ. When Katniss said goodbye to Prim and her mother, they had time to cry and leave instructions and hug and whatnot. When Gale showed up, they hugged and talked about surviving and the bow and winning then "I'll see you soon, okay." Sad because it would have been more dramatic to say, "Remember, I..." Then Katniss will never know what it was that Gale wanted her to remember. Haymitch could possibly send her a remembrall. =)

Peeta, Effie, Katniss, trip to the train. The train was awesome. Well, it was a capitol train and Effie's comment about getting to experience those riches 'even just for a short time' seemed perfect. It was a nice touch, screen writers. Then we remember that Haymitch has never made an appearance, yet. He was supposed to fall off the stage during the reaping but I guess he was too drunk to show up for the shooting. So Effie goes to look for him. In the meantime, Peeta makes small talk with himself since Katniss decides to blend into the plush, blue chair and the cold silver wall of the train. A few moments later, Haymitch arrives. Ah, Haymitch, the only living District 12 victor who has been described in the book as someone very, very drunk and, hmm, fat? Honestly, I don't remember reading about a fat Haymitch but I guess a round belly is a given if you're a drunkard. Anyway, Haymitch arrives looking funny and I love his character in the movie because it's close enough to the book but he has a different aura because he's real. He still drinks a lot and apparently, he walks around the train in his bare feet because when Peeta tries to take his bottle, Haymitch pushes him away with one ugly foot. Eww. And here's the part where Haymitch delivers one of the best written dialogues I've heard in the movie: "_______" Too bad I can't remember it. Something about accepting the fact that you are about to meet your imminent death and that you shouldn't expect any help from him. Don't worry, I'll watch it again just to get the exact words. =)

Now, we can remember that Katniss was dressed up by her mom in the blue dress and the 'perfectly balanced' braids. The book says the braids were not messed up until the beauty makeover for the presentation of the tributes. In the movie, her braid became the almost standard braid she wore to the arena. In between this deviation to the book, we see Katniss watching a recap of the previous Hunger Games, where some victor killed a tribute using a brick. She wore something black. The next scene brings us Katniss wearing the same blue dress she wore in the reaping. Inconsistency? We shall check.

So, then they talk about staying alive and Katniss manages to kill a place mat. "That's mahogany!" says Effie and it turns out to be the best dialogues she will deliver in the movie. Then we see Peeta waving at the Capitol people. Wasn't Peeta so cute? When he manages to not look like himself, he does look a bit attractive (Sorry Josh Hutcherson fans, I'm still reconciling the fact that he's Peeta).

We're at the beauty room now. Not much to say except that they disentangled Katniss's braids. Cinna's speech was okay, a bit too wordy (you know, talking about stuff that could be explained some other way). Actually I don't much remember what they talked about except the 'I'm here to make you look palatable'...=) Okay, he didn't say 'palatable', I just don't remember.

Then the 'it's just fake looks real to me' part where Cinna sets fire to the tributes (singing "I set fire to the rain"). Maybe our imaginations are just too wild but I expected a bit more WOW there. They just looked like, I don't know, people moving too fast for the shutter speed? Sorry. I concede, maybe it is hard to set fire to the tributes and make them look awesome at the same time. =) But Katniss looks like, in my friend's words, Queen Amidala. In my words, she looks like Medusa. Wasn't her hair supposed to be in its plain-jane braid so the people will recognize her when she's in the arena? Oh well. That part could have been a bit more spectacular but I guess they'll leave that for our imaginations. =)

Off to the tribute's penthouse. It was beautifully designed in a futuristic and extravagantly decorated way that only the Capitol people can. It didn't look like the one in my head but I'm sure we all had a different idea of what it would look like. I wonder if Suzanne Collins pictured it that way. And the really cool TV screen! That one, I would love to have in my room. It was a window sized screen that could show different areas such shoes walking, dry desert sky and the forest. Yet again, I was waiting for Edward Cullen to appear behind one of the trees. Sorry. Forests look the same to me. =p

The training room scenes were okay. I especially liked the part where Rue hides near the ceiling with Cato's knife while Thresh was snickering. It was nice to see some childish nonsense in a training room full of teenagers and one 12-year old. Sure, they're all thinking about how they would kill each other but kids will be kids and a little fun isn't prohibited, right? Then we go to dinner with Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch where they talk about their strengths and how Peeta can throw stuff bla bla bla. "District 12 might actually have a winner...she was talking about you." Okay. Then Katniss tells Peeta to throw that weird heavy ball, I don't know what it's called, to some spears just to stop the Careers from looking at Peeta like 'meat'. Meat? I don't remember. That didn't happen.

Anyway, shooting the pig. One, Peeta was supposed to go first. Two, Katniss was supposed to show off with some arrow stunts. Three, Plutarch Heavensbee is missing. He was supposed to fall into a bowl of punch. "Thank you for your consideration" curtsy and exit. Oh, return the bow, why don't you.

Then Haymitch bursts in with a thumbs up and starts laughing. Oh how I wish the movie wasn't adapted from the book, it would have been great to see that happening. But it didn't really happen. And that part was a bit...lacking. The reporting was cool though. When Caesar and Claudius Templesmith were commenting and showing the tributes' scores, the screens looked cool. Projectors and stuff. Futuristic but very basic. Then I remember the hovercraft so, yeah, futuristic. Period.

After that, we see Katniss twirling and twirling around for Cinna and they talk some and then the tribute interviews which did NOT happen on a big stage where the tributes were all sitting in a row while one tribute was being interviewed. No, that did not happen, too. Then Katniss is called and she somehow makes the audience laugh because she honestly said she didn't want to burn to death. And that her heart stopped when she stepped out on that chariot. Okay. But the real shining moment was when we see her flaming gown. It wasn't in the book but that was a WOW moment. That was more WOW than the first flames and (fine I'll mention it) her shoes were really pretty. =) Then the interview is over and Haymitch delivers another really cool line, something about '(to Katniss) your dress is gorgeous...(to Effie) not yours'. I love their banters, it's so unscripted and they did not happen in the book which makes it great because we don't expect that. Then Peeta starts sniffing Caesar because of the showers. Really, if I didn't read the book, I wouldn't know why the showers would smell like roses in the Capitol. No, because they didn't tell us, the movie goers, that the showers in the Capitol had lots of buttons with soaps and scrubs and temperature control. They just smell like roses. Okay. And then Caesar asks the question every girl who's ever read The Hunger Games has been waiting for: Is there a special girl? And he responds in his own way. Just watch.

But, because the tributes were not sitting behind them, there was no blush, no focus on the star-crossed lovers sitting beside each other but forever separated by a gap that means life or death. Oh well.

Then Katniss decides to lock Peeta's neck with her arm instead of just pushing him and making him break a pot and wounding his hand. No injuries there. The dialogue? Much the same as the book. Then they talk about 'not being a piece in their games' and I kept looking at Peeta thinking 'he's actually cute when I can only see one eye and one side of his face is in a shadow'. =)

Then, finally, we get to see some action! Katniss is sent to the hovercraft which does NOT freeze her on the ladder. She, instead, sits in a C130 type hovercraft with the other tributes while an official injects the tracker into their arm. Note: that did not happen. Then Katniss is with Cinna who dresses her up and shows her the Mockingjay pin. Shh, he says. But that wasn't a secret! All the tributes can bring something from their district into the arena. She wasn't smuggling it in, so why the 'shh'? Oh well. Then she goes up into the tube and into the arena!


We see the cornucopia. I'm sure when we read 'cornucopia' in the book we thought it would look something like this:

Instead, we get something like this:

It's a little bit frustrating because it looks more like an airplane hangar, or a beached whale. Sure, it's shiny and futuristic but, hmm, cornucopia? Oh well.

So, they're all in the arena. Katniss sees Peeta. Peeta shakes his head. The people in the control room starts countdown. Every eye in Panem is locked on their screens. Prim and her mother have this really cool projector instead of a rusty old TV which in in the book. Gale is somewhere in the woods and the audience starts swooning because he looks so pitiable. The countdown stops and Katniss just stands there. The bloodbath has started. Peeta is running for his life. There were kids already dead. And Katniss just stands there until she sees the orange back pack and lunges for it. A kid dies and a knife is lodged into her bag and she starts running. This part reminds me so much of Bourne Ultimatum because the camera's so shaky and moving and, I don't know, maybe they did it so it wouldn't look so violent and gruesome. It made me a bit nauseous though. Anyway, Katniss runs to the woods and bumps into Foxface. Again, not in the book but a great addition to the movie. Foxface is such an excellent character and she continues her streak until unfortunately she eats nightlock. Why do they kill those who are good at their character?

After 3 hours, the bloodbath ends and Katniss has skimmed through the contents of her bag. Twelve dead, twelve to go. Then suddenly, Katniss finds the stream and starts drinking the water. No sign of dehydration, no iodine drops. Wow, that was quick. No challenge? The challenge arrives in the form of...drumroll...FIRE! Why? Because one of the tributes decides to die by the sword rather than the cold. And Katniss rolls her eyes and soon the tribute Peeta's hands. Not much drama where there should have been questions of alliances in Katniss's thoughts. Why was Peeta with the Careers? Did Peeta really want to kill Katniss? What's going on? Did the movie goers get this part?

More walking and walking and when Katniss is near the edge of the world and into the Truman Show, Seneca Crane, Head Game maker, decides to create...drumroll...FIRE! He just says it and it's there. He says, 'make a tree drop there' et viola! Tree drops in front of Katniss. Shooting balls of fire! The people in the control room looks like they're having fun and really, if it were a video game, I'd have fun, too, but they were playing with a real girl. Tsktsk. Katniss gets burned NOT on her calf but on her thigh. That did not happen. And she suddenly finds herself in another stream. I love the control room views. It was like the maps and compasses from Delta Force and Counter Strike and Half Life. We'd know where the enemies are, and we can drive them to each other. Cool!

So, the Careers, which apparently includes a handsome Cato and a girl who acts like Cato's girlfriend, Glimmer, finds Katniss in the stream and they run after her with joy and giggling. It was like they were running after a butterfly or something. They were happy and playful and, huh? Why would they run after her when they have bows and arrows and knives and swords. Throw it, shoot it, for crying out loud. You call yourselves Careers? But I like how Peeta run at the very back of the pack and looks so conflicted at his predicament. When Katniss climbs up a tree and wittingly tells Cato to throw his sword instead of wasting arrows, which by the way should have been a conversation starting with "How's it going down there?", Peeta suggests to wait it out and then, with his sad, doleful eyes, he stares up at Katniss with the expression of bitter restraint. *sigh*

By the way, don't you just love the penlight projector? I was secretly hoping they'd flash the Bat sign into the arena or the Dark Mark. XD

Then Haymitch starts working his charm with the sponsors, which is also a great addition to the movie, and soon a beeping silver parachute floats toward Katniss. Beeping? Really? Doesn't that alarm the enemy that a package has been sent? blink blink. Hello, tube of burn medicine.

Hello, Rue! Finally we see Rue again. Then the tracker jacker's branch, which is too thick to have broken that easily, falls into the Careers' camp and everyone starts looking like they've been sucked into the Floo Network. Diagon Alley! No, Glimmer did NOT die a gruesome, green slime kind of death. She just bloated like Hermione shot a...what was that, spell that made Harry look like he was stung by tracker jackers so the Malfoys wouldn't recognize him. And the hallucinations, hmm, not much drama there. If I didn't read the book, would I really understand what Caesar was saying about the tracker jackers? Would I understand why Katniss's hallucinations involved a mine blowing up and her father's picture and her mother screaming "Run, Katniss! Go" using Peeta's voice? I don't know. There was nothing shiny about it.

After, what, 3 days, Katniss wakes up covered in what looked like Papaya leaves. No explanations that it would heal tracker jacker stings, just that Rue changed it twice. Rue, the youngest tribute from District 11 who is so perfect for her role because she looks so helpless and alive and such a child. They become friends, eat a leg of groosling, and Rue teases Katniss about Peeta, which doesn't merit anymore emphasis because the love story was not emphasized, at all. Then, without any thought, they decide to blow up the supplies. Weird. So, they devise a plan and Rue sings her four-note tune which Katniss decides to revise and whistle. Mention of the Mockingjays and they're off to work. Note: I don't appreciate the loss of explanation on why the Mockingjay pin is important for Rue and why the Mockingjays repeat tunes.

At the camp, District 3(?) is left behind, which did NOT happen in the book. Foxface comes and just skips around. Without Caesar and Claudius, we would never know that there were mines there. They might as well have omitted the back and forth scenes of the tribute plates and the supply pyramid. District 3(?) chases Foxface then Katniss shoots at an apple, again. BOOM! Just a ringing in the ears. Not even falling with the LEFT side facing the explosion. No blood. No damaged eardrum. Well, I guess it would be too bad if Katniss had her ear hanging for the rest of the movie. She runs away from her so exposed position only after she sees Cato kill District 3(?). Amazing how they did not see her.

Then Rue gets trapped in a net. She DOES get out through Katniss's help then District 10 spears her from a distance. Katniss shoots him NOT on the throat but on his stomach. Too gruesome for a movie? Yeah, sure.

This, out of all the 2 hours and 22 minutes, is probably the most emotionally gripping scene in the movie. Rue dies a slow, sad and painful death. She makes Katniss sing but we don't hear all of it because of a blinding light calling Rue out of the arena and into the real world. Then Katniss decorates her with flowers, salutes to District 11 with her right arm (why? they didn't send her bread), and District 11 responds with a salute using their right arm and a rebellion against the Peacemakers and the Capitol. I guess that was what really happened beyond Katniss's own thoughts and it was something even readers looked forward to. Best part of the movie.

Because of Rue's death, Katniss walks and walks and acts a bit crazy trying to erase the scars on her fists and I still kept waiting for her to bump into Hermione while she's casting the Protego Totalem spells. XD

Anyway, since Rue is dead and the movie is becoming boring, Haymitch talks to Seneca about love and harnessing the universal desire of humans to root for forsaken love. President Snow disagrees because he hates underdogs. His own conversation with Seneca took a different turn but because the high school kids behind me were giggling when Snow told Seneca that he liked him, I did not get the conversation clearly. So, a rule is changed and suddenly, Peeta matters!

This part goes to the make up artists of Peeta Mellarck. The camouflage was brilliant! Stone faced, moss-bodied and sand strewn, Peeta was absolutely invisible. It was awesome!

Then stuff about his wounds, nothing about the blood poisoning, no washing of clothes, no request for a kiss. Nothing lovey-dovey there. Then they get to the cave where even more lovey-dovey is CHOPPED off. I say CHOPPED because cut is too subtle. So she tries to heal him, he suddenly talks about her singing, a kiss on the cheek, more talk, kiss on the lips then GALE! Oh, Gale you're still alive! How we love your reaction to the kiss. Tell us, how did it feel to see Katniss, your 'cousin', kissing Peeta Mellarck, the baker's son? Gale and his pained look, classic.

Then the feast, where the packs were supposed to be in different sizes but ended up looking like thermos cases. Foxface, as usual, gets hers first. Then we see some action and actual dialogue from the other tributes. Clove attacks Katniss and wounds her forehead. Which reminds me, Katniss's wounds are very inconsistent. At one point, she had a slice near her eyebrow, then it disappeared. And sometimes her face would be covered in marks of red indicating cuts but then they'd all disappear without any medicine. Amazing, the arena must have its own healing powers. Anyway, Clove and Katniss get some action going until Thresh kills Clove NOT by throwing a stone at her head but by banging it on the suddenly deadly cornucopia. Then he raps something like "just this once, District 12, for the little girl" and runs away. We don't even get to see Cato.

Then some more talk about medicine and healing and Peeta's alive again! No basket feast, no torrential rain. Hmm, soon the game maker will get bored. And he does get bored but only after Thresh is dead and Foxface accidentally eats nightlock. People in the control room suddenly decide to play Pet Society and start releasing mutts into the arena, just by squishing and sliding their hands on the screen. Amazing, no? And because no one expected it--everyone was waiting for Cato to start running towards Katniss and Peeta-- when a mutt suddenly jumps at Peeta, everyone screams! Ahh! Something to wake us up! Then they start running and climbing and Peeta gets caught by a mutt, which by the way is a mutation that involved putting the eyes of dead tributes into the mutts and tagging them by district. They find the cornucopia safer than the mutts but Cato is already there and hooray, more action! A little fight on the slippery airplane hangar and Peeta is taken hostage by Cato. Instead of an x-mark, Peeta mouths 'shoot, shoot' and Katniss agrees. And to shorten the duration of Cato's suffering, Katniss kills him with an arrow. Such a handsome actor, such short screen time.

And because this part is, what, semi-boring, with only the view from District 12 in split screen, I shall go ahead and say that they didn't even put the berries in their mouths. Hmph. That wasn't so dangerous.

More talk about Snow not liking what they've done. More talk about how 'madly in love' Katniss was with Peeta. More talk, more talk. Less explanation on the train. Peeta sees Katniss looking at Gale then raises his hand while holding her hand. If I didn't read the book, would I question Peeta's love for Katniss? Would him saying "I don't want to forget" be treated as something out of love or something out of sadistic pleasure in remembering all those deaths? Would I wonder if Katniss really loved Peeta or if she felt anything during those two kisses that were really not enough to convince anyone of their love? I don't know. Yes, The Hunger Games is not a love story but that was part of the trick, part of the rebellion, part of the plan. Without the right emphasis, it was just, what, a way to get sponsors. *sigh* books.


And we have come to the very end of this lengthy review. Not a review, more like a semi-transcript?

To summarize it all, I'd say that I would have loved the movie if I didn't read the book. I guess I would have a lot of questions about it and may not feel whatever it was that readers have felt but I may understand some parts of the movie. Since I have read all three books, I'd say that it was a bit put together. It feels like they were trying to CHOP off stuff from the story just to fit it into a 2-hour and 22-minute movie.

I've been so excited ever since I finished the books and saw the first trailer to see how film makers are going to adapt such a beautiful book. I will concede, however, that screenplays can be very difficult and yes, books and movies will forever differ from one another. I guess the main reason is because novel writers have no limitations in terms of resources. They draw up everything from their imagination which knows no bounds. Film makers and screenplay writers, on the other hand, have to deal with reality and the fact that movie goers can't read a character's thoughts like they can with a book. I mean, imagine if we had to watch the whole movie listening to Katniss Everdeen's thoughts. Sure, that would be a good option but well, it's too late for that now.

And yes, I read that using a first person perspective in movies can be tricky as Silent Hill  has proven (although I haven't seen that movie and I don't plan to), but when an audience expects an adaptation of a book that revolves around the mind of one character, it's a given that we want to see that on screen.

I guess what I'm really trying to say is that the movie was good. I'm biased because I was thinking of the book the whole time. That's why I'm going to watch it again without thinking of the book to see if it can change my mind. I'm still trying to decide exactly how I feel about the movie because, apparently, even after I've been rambling, I still don't want to stop. Undecided, yes.

So, go ahead and watch the movie! Keep an open mind. Enjoy the new details. Have fun. It was a great experience but I'm hoping they make it bigger and better in the two following movies.

Happy Hunger Games everyone! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

President Snow sent me and all the citizens of Panem this scary letter. The people at theCapitol.Pn are awesome! Kudos to your creativity.


  1. hunger games fever is on the heat! :) btw, I have a giveaway running if you are interested.. :)

    1. Yep, and the Hunger Games will be premiering on IMAX on April 27. That just goes to show that people are still not over the phenomenon.

      Love your blog. Visited. <3


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