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    I am soooo pumped! I have tomorrow off so I can really enjoy it.
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    I'm here at the theater...we weren't going to show up till now but there were already people in line by six so we showed up at 7. Luckily our theater lets us exit and reenter as needed so we're taking turns getting dinner. Apparently there will be another showing at 3am after this one gets out...that just boggles the mind. If you can't make the first showing, you might as well wait till the next day, lol.

    Apparently a friend of a friend has been in line since 8am today. 8-0.

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    At work tonight I mentioned that I'm seeing the film on Friday. My coworkers already think I'm nuts; this was just more proof as far as they are concerned. They are convinced I will be the only person in the theatre over the age of 16.
    But I don't care; I'm totally psyched to see it.
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    OMG I just got out of the 12:01 Atlantic time showing and I loved it! So great! I felt a little queazy at times because of the camera work but it was an awesome movie. I have an inservice in the morning so I must go to bed but I will write review tomorrow! I saw so mnay of my students (I teach elementary) there though. Was shocked their parents would let them stay up this late on a school night
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    I thought it was very good. I normally hate adaptations of books I love, but I think they did an excellent job. Jennifer Lawrence was great. I wanna see it again already :p

    I don't think Josh Hutcherson is charming enough, though.
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    The local radio station was talking about it this morning. The opinion was that they would easily be able to take their 10 yr old to the movie. Seeing as the book was incredibly violent, I was surprised by that. I won't be seeing the movie until next week.

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    Yup it wasn't nearly as violent as I expected it to be
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    I haven't let my 10-year-old read the book yet, and she sure isn't going to the movie. Perhaps in a couple of years, but not yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mozart View Post
    Yup it wasn't nearly as violent as I expected it to be
    The reviews are calling it "sanitized." While in some ways that's a shame, because the violence is integral to the plot, if it's too visceral for young audiences it would miss its marketing target.

    Certain scenes from the first book stick with me as really awful -- Glimmer's and Cato's deaths, for example. Someone who has seen the movie please tell me how they were handled.
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    I went to a midnight showing as well....and am quite tired as a result! And it was 98% teenagers there, and some young teenagers. Maybe I'm showing my age, but if I was a parent, I wouldn't let my 12 year old go to a midnight movie on a school night.

    The deaths were very sanitized. Had they been done as they were described in the books, the movie would have gotten an R. It wasn't gory at all, even Glimmer's death. How Glimmer is described in the book after being attacked by the tracker jackers was really gross, but in the movie it wasn't.

    This is of course dependent on the child, but the book is too graphic for a 10 year old, but the movie should be fine.

    I wasn't a real fan of the camera work, especially in the first half. I didn't like the jerky editing of it but it got better as the movie went on. I won't say any more now because I don't want to spoil things for those who haven't seen it.

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    ^^Spoil away, please!

    I've read the books and the reviews are saying that it's sticking pretty close to it so I doubt if there will be any surprises.

    My biggest concern is the guy they have playing Peeta. I like the casting for everyone else (I don't know about Sutherland for President Snow but whatever...he's not a main character) but the guy playing Peeta reminds me of Daniel Radcliff for some reason. I think it's b/c he looks really short, especially compared to the girl playing Katniss and the guy playing Gale (similarly, Radcliff was dwarfed by his costars too). Seeing as how Peeta's selling point is supposed to be his strength, I'd have thought the producers would have found someone a bit more in line with that. In my mind, Peeta was bigger; not super-buff like the Rock or something but bigger...big enough to be allied with the rest of the Career Tributes and taken seriously.

    Hopefully he'll portray the character well and have some kind of chemistry with Katniss...

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    Was Hunger Games based on or adapted from Series 7: The Contenders? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Series_7:_The_Contenders
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    But Peeta and Katniss had no chemistry in the books, so why should they have it in the movie?


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    I thought Hutcherson did a good job looking at Katniss adoringly, especially in the second half when he believed she was reciprocating. There wasn't chemistry per se, but to me that fits, because the entire lack of chemistry was coming from Katniss, as it should. She's playing a part.

    Lawrence was beyond spectacular. Oscar-quality, if the Academy ever really nominated people for these sorts of performances.

    I loved it. They adapted it very faithfully. Yes, it was sanitized. Both Glimmer and Cato's deaths were not at all as gruesome as in the books, though they were still a little cringe-worthy. Rue's death had me sobbing, as it should - both actresses nailed it there.

    I'm going to see it several more times I'm sure Although I do think an R version would have been better and nailed it home completely, I can understand why they did it PG-13.

    I had so few people in Concert Winds today it was ridiculous. Most of my seniors skipped after going to the movie. Oh well though. I got through all the classes just fine (slept before and after the film), though I'm crashing a little now

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessLeppard View Post
    But Peeta and Katniss had no chemistry in the books, so why should they have it in the movie?



    Shame on you PrincessLeppard! There was chemistry later on in the books...at least for me there was.

    I just couldn't help but ship Katniss and Peeta simply b/c Gale wasn't around enough. You see him at the beginning of the book but then Katniss leaves and that's it. Same thing in the 2nd book; around for a minute but then stuff happens (don't want to spoil too much) and then he's absent again. By the 3rd book Katniss is such an emotional mess there's just no point...

    The whole triangle thing takes a backseat to what's going on in the books and I'm grateful for that. I love romance novels but I'm not that big a fan of love triangles at all b/c (typically) it's obvious who the person is going to be with...and that was the case with this book as well. There was never a doubt in my mind who Katniss would end up with...

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    Oh, me either. Gale was such a non-character. I still don't think he had any purpose in the novels at all.

    Unfortunately, Lawrence has a lot more chemistry with Hemsworth than Hutcherson...

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiruwater View Post
    Oh, me either. Gale was such a non-character. I still don't think he had any purpose in the novels at all.

    Unfortunately, Lawrence has a lot more chemistry with Hemsworth than Hutcherson...
    Who wouldn't?! Lol! He's OMG HAWT!

    I watched an interview with Lawrence the other day and I have to say, I totally dig her personality. She's pretty up-front and kinda blunt, but it's in an honest way and I admire that...plus it makes her funny by accident. I saw her in X-Men: First Class and though she was pretty cool but I didn't see her in her other role, "Lovely Bones" or "Winter's Bone"...something Bone...I don't remember.

    I'll probably catch the movie next week or the week after that. I am excited to see it but not to the point where I'll go crazy if I don't see it right now. I'm glad to hear it's going to be good though...


    ETA: ITA about the Gale being a non-character thing. He just wasn't around enough. The same thing goes for Prim as well. In terms of characters who you need to form some kind of emotional attachment to, I didn't with either of them. They were a bit underdeveloped for obvious reasons. I mean Katniss spends the majority of the series away or busy doing other things, so there isn't a lot of bonding/really-learn-who-this-character-is time with her and either of the characters, especially Prim IMO.

    Peeta OTOH, you get his full story and reason upon reason to root for him...at least I did, though it's obvious others didn't feel that way...
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    I got to see the movie last night. I was surprised to see that it got a fairly high rating on rottentomatoes.com, so my expectations were kind of high going into it.

    Overall I liked it, but there were certainly some aspects of the film that I think could have been improved, although perhaps it would not have been rated PG-13. I thought not only were the deaths sanitized, but they were also slightly unrealistic. While I understand the need to keep the film PG-13, it made you have to suspend your disbelief a little to enjoy it. Also, I felt like the characters didn't get dirty enough in the arena... and there was not enough emphasis on the difficulty to obtain living necessities.

    I felt like Jennifer Lawrence did a GREAT job acting. If anything, her performance made the movie. However, as the movie progressed I think there were moments where she was too stoic. Sure, in moments of distress she perfectly convinced you that she was sad/upset/scared, but it's like in the process of portraying her strength she became too little of a real person.. no matter how strong/determined you are, you still have moments of vulnerability. I think this was the fault of the writer, perhaps.

    That's another thing... they claim that the author co-scripted the movie, and it is very obvious. It was very sequential. It kind of reminded me of the first Harry Potter movie. Finally, I felt like the Capitol's world was a little too obviously computer-generated. I thought there could have been just a little more work done on the effects to make it seem less fake. That was another situation where you had to suspend your disbelief just a little.

    Overall it was a good film. I was concerned that it would be a big disappointment after the hype it received. While I think there are some things that could be improved, it was worth seeing for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    Was Hunger Games based on or adapted from Series 7: The Contenders? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Series_7:_The_Contenders
    Never heard of that film, but it has no official connection that I know of.

    Quote Originally Posted by brina View Post
    I felt like Jennifer Lawrence did a GREAT job acting. If anything, her performance made the movie. However, as the movie progressed I think there were moments where she was too stoic.
    That was one of the things I thought might happen with JL after I saw her in X-Men: First Class. Sometimes I felt like she was too much of a cypher, not showing any emotion at all on her face. Katniss is not very outwardly expressive in the book, but that doesn't matter in prose since we're in her head.

    But I'm still VERY EXCITE to see it tonight!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanatic View Post
    Who wouldn't?! Lol! He's OMG HAWT!

    I watched an interview with Lawrence the other day and I have to say, I totally dig her personality. She's pretty up-front and kinda blunt, but it's in an honest way and I admire that...plus it makes her funny by accident. I saw her in X-Men: First Class and though she was pretty cool but I didn't see her in her other role, "Lovely Bones" or "Winter's Bone"...something Bone...I don't remember.

    I'll probably catch the movie next week or the week after that. I am excited to see it but not to the point where I'll go crazy if I don't see it right now. I'm glad to hear it's going to be good though...
    Lawrence is so non-Hollywood. I love her for it. In every interview I've ever seen she's completely honest and funny. She doesn't sound like her team prepped her at all, which is refreshing. She just says whatever she feels is true. The Letterman interview was absolutely hilarious, and Letterman's reaction was priceless. You could tell how much he enjoyed having a celebrity he could just chat with and how effortlessly charming and blunt she was about everything.

    Winter's Bone is the film she was Oscar-nominated for. It's gut-wrenching and hard to watch, but her performance is absolutely riveting. It's also available to watch instantly on Netflix

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