Okay, so I will preemptively say that although I don’t think there are actual spoilers in this post, if you’re afraid then stay away!
My husband and I went to the midnight showing of The Hunger Games movie Thursday night! What an experience! I’d never been to a midnight showing before and I’m so glad I did for this one. There was such an energy of excitement and community in the theater. I even made friends with the teenage girls next to me and we discussed cute boys and books.
So, what did I think of the movie? Overall I was incredibly happy with the film adaptation of one of my favorite books! It has some small flaws, but they were so minor I’m not even going to discuss them here. I want to focus on why I loved The Hunger Games movie, so here are some reasons why I loved it!
1. Jennifer Lawrence. I mean, come on! This girl is the real deal (She’s already been nominated for an Oscar ie. Winter’s Bone)! I can’t even imagine any other actress playing her, she did such a good job. She played Katniss’ strength and vulnerability to a T and her fake “smile for the Capitol” act was so awkward (in a good way) and believable. At the risk of sounding mean, someone on Twitter summed it up by saying, “I just feel sorry for the Twilight fans; they got Kristen Stewart.”
2. Caesar Flickerman. Stanley Tucci was fabulous as the flamboyant talk show host. In my mind he and Jennifer Lawrence completely stole the show. Every time he was on-screen I was enthralled laughed so hard at that almost insane and also charming smile.
3. The costumes. Costume designer Judianna Makovsky is a genius! From the garish fashion of the Capitol to the stark clothes of The Seam, I was in awe. The two are strongly juxtaposed against each other and the result is pure awesomeness. I also particularly loved how the clothing of District 12 was very reminiscent of fashion during the World War II era. Maybe its the History Major inside me, but it makes so much sense that they’d go that way.
4. The Tribute Parade scenery. Was I the only one thinking, “Uhhh Nazi party?!” The way the banners hung reminded me of Nazi Germany circa 1939, which makes total sense because the Capitol mimics this similar totalitarian regime. Again its the History Major inside of me, but that was what came to mind during that particular scene.
5. Rue. Oh the cuteness is just too much! Those sorrowful yet hopeful eyes killed me! Oh please tell me that there will be Rue flashbacks in the Catching Fire and Mockingjay movies!
6. The Peeta flashbacks. I was wondering how Gary Ross would explain the strange history between Katniss and Peeta and I was very pleased with the almost stilted way he chose to do so. You saw the story in actual choppy images, which was great because my memories don’t flow like movies or plays, they’re all chopped up into scenes. (Hopefully that doesn’t mean I’m crazy).
7. The Father flashback. Again, I loved the choppy way of showing this part of the story. But I also thought the timing was right. Ross chose to make this what Katniss thinks of while unconscious from the Tracker Jacker stings.
8. Fox-Face. I’ve always been intrigued by Fox-Face, the sly and mysterious Tribute form District 5. The scenes where she is just dashes in, grabs what she needs and dashes out again are so funny! I love how Katniss keeps coming across Fox-Face and is both amused and hugely respectful of her. I think Katniss feels a small semblance of connection with Fox-Face.
9. The Cave Scene. I LOVED the book’s version of the cave scene and all the kissing. But I’m actually kinda happy that the movie’s version was much milder. Hollywood has a tendency to make romantic scenes mildly pornographic, so I’m surprised that they chose to do a chaster version. I’m glad, I like my imagined version much better anyway hehehe :p
10. Effie and Haymitch. These two were so well casted. I’ve always liked them and their reluctant partnership and the film does a good job of illustrating this. It seems like they don’t hate each other, but that they do put up with each other. In my dream world Effie and Haymitch would eventually realize they’ve loved each other all along!
Obviously there were tons of other things I enjoyed about the movie, but this post would be miles long if I wrote about all of them! Have you seen it yet? What were your thoughts? (PS Don’t mind the creepiness of the picture, it was dark and I wanted to get close enough to read the ticket!)