The Hunger Games (2012)

The pace of the movie was too fast. And while it might have helped if I had read the book, I think a book-based movie should do its best to portray the story independently of the book. In this movie, I get the overall idea of the story, but there were relationships that just came and went too quickly for me. I get the feeling that the book would have gone into great detail with all the individual relationships.

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)

Jennifer Lawrence did a great job. Though looking at her pictures, I'd have to say she's better looking with a serious look on her face than with a smile.

After her performance I liked Woody Harrelson's performance.

I liked the vision and sound blurs that occur in the movie. That's one of my favorite special effects. I like the similar use of sound in Sherlock Holmes (2009), it's sequel A Game of Shadows (2011), and Star Trek (2009).

Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) and Katniss.

One thing I didn't understand was why the people in charge of the game needed to influence the game rather than just monitor it. On a related note, wouldn't it be clear to the viewers that the game was unfair? Though I guess it would still be enjoyable for the elite to watch.

Trailers: [Came in late]; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011); The Amazing Spider-Man (2012); Men in Black 3 (2012)

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Katniss and Rue (Amanda Stenberg)

This was one of those small movie events where a club reserves a room on campus and uses the in-class projector and projection screen to play the movie. In addition to the change in medium for which the movie was being played, having seen the movie once before and watching it with a different audience definitely changed the experience of the movie.

I wrote: "The audience, myself included, laughed at the line where Peeta tells Katniss he watched her go home everyday. There was also laughter for the scene where they kissed. It was funny, because the movie cuts back to Gale in the village. Awkward... hahaha." 10:00PM ET

Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss.

I also wrote: "I don't really like the beginning. For me, the movie starts getting good around the time Peeta and Katniss enter on the chariots with the fire or when all the champions are being interviewed." 10:20PM ET


Today I watched this movie in the background while I graded homework.

I noticed several things in the movie as I watched.

Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields)

First, I never liked the entirety of the film's beginning. In particular, the following dialogue is awkward:
Prim: Mom.
Katniss: Aw, look at you! You look beautiful. But you better tuck in that tail, little duck.
Mom: I laid something out for you too.
Katniss: OK.
Mom: Now you look beautiful too.
Prim: Wish I looked like you.
Katniss: Oh, no. I wish I looked like you, little duck.

Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley)

Why does that scene feel so awkward? Maybe it's meant to be awkward. Although even if it was meant to be awkward, I wouldn't like the scene any better.

Later, near the end of the movie, Katniss and Peeta wake up to find their wounds have healed extensively. While it made sense for Peeta to be surprised, Katniss had already used the healing salve earlier in the film and shouldn't, in my opinion, have been nearly as surprised as Peeta.

Finally, the detail I noticed on this viewing was that Peeta used his finger to indicate that Katniss should aim for Cato's hand.

Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci)

In any case, I like the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), more than The Hunger Games.

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Instant Comments:
3: Interesting, the film was filmed in North Carolina.

Released 20120323.
Watched 20120601 Theater. Regency Charter Centre [HUNGER GAM] 10:00PM $3.00
Watched 20120907
Watched 20140208 (Netflix, Instant, HD)
The Hunger Games (2012) Gary Ross. 142 min [botnotsn (2008) by Suzanne Collins]

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