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The Hunger Games

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Icetalavista, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    Can I just ditto everything? :lol: Lawrence was fabulous. I wish she'd get more recognition for this which she probably wont. She's just great.

    I saw an interview about how she peed in the woods because she didn't want to use the porta potties because they were gross :lol:
  2. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    I think that was the Letterman interview :lol:

    She's gotten a ton of recognition. Every positive review is focused on how good she was, and every negative review I've seen takes time to mention how totally fabulous she is. The consensus seems to be that she absolutely made the film, which I agree with.
  3. rfisher

    rfisher Will you rise like a phoenix or be a burnt chicken

    Hmmm...well, these reviews confirm what I suspected. I'll just wait for this to hit HBO or Showtime. I didn't like any of the books well enough to reread them much less keep them and I'll just save the money for the cost of the movie for something else.
  4. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

  5. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    I love it! I've done the same thing, for the same reason! :lol:
  6. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    Lawrence is so fabulous in so many ways, she's the main reason I'm going to actually see this film on the big screen (a realative rarity for me).

    Haven't seen the Letterman interview yet (next stop, YouTube!) ... but I was amused by this story. I hope Lawrence is able to still keep it real after what will no doubt be months, if not years, of paparatzi dogging her every move.
  7. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

  8. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Going to see it tonight at 10:20!!! :cheer:
  9. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    Saw it and loved it! Fantastic movie and based on an original idea too. LOL
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2012
  10. kwanatic

    kwanatic Well-Known Member


    Okay, I'm officially a fan of her's now and I haven't even seen the movie yet! She is effing hilarious!! :rofl: She's self-deprecating but in a really funny way. I'm about to search YouTube looking for more interviews! Just her personality is entertaining enough for me. :D
  11. rjblue

    rjblue Having a great day!

    I just returned from it, and I thought it was a really good adaptation. I'm relieved that the suffering during the dog attack was toned down- I was really dreading it. The hand held camera work bothered one of the people with me.

    The soundtrack was great. And I love the final song on the credits, written and performed by The Civil Wars.

    Some in our audience held up their arms in a salute during a few scenes in the movie.
  12. mikey

    mikey ...an acquired taste

    Took time out of my vacation in the USVI to see this today. I thought the book was good, but I really liked the movie. Jennifer Lawrence was incredible, and it was awesome to see Wes Bentley back on screen too. Well done. I think rfisher is making a mistake :)
  13. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    I was totally blown away. I've never, NEVER, had such a visceral reaction to a film before.
    I'm still digesting what I saw and cannot possibly do any kind of review - except to say, if you read the book, you MUST see this film.
    Some levity: I got to the theatre, one of those huge movieplexes, about 40 minutes before the film started. I figured there was apt to be a long line and I didn't want to get stuck sitting too close to the screen. But I walked right inside and there were only about 10 people lined up outside the door. Several minutes later a group of about 20 loud, whiny 20-something females showed up and proceded to argue with the staff people outside the door. They claimed they'd been waiting outside the theatre for 2 hours and deserved to go to the front of the line. The rest of us thought this was ridiculous and said so; they should have walked right in like we had. And there weren't very many of us on line, so they should get behind us and stop grumbling. They whined that it wasn't fair.
    I don't know what possessed me: I said, loudly, "Well, we are from District One, so we have priority. You are from District Twelve and you should be used to injustice!"
    The people ahead of me on line laughed appreciatively and said, "Yeah! What she said! Start an uprising!"
    The people behind me scowled. :lol:

    Oh, half the theatre (including me) was sobbing hysterically when Rue died, it was like some chain reaction. :(
  14. Nell411

    Nell411 Between the click of the light and

    I thought the end credits song was by Arcade Fire?
  15. Spareoom

    Spareoom Well-Known Member

    I adore Jen. She is the perfect Katniss and a wonderful human being. She seems to have the right kind of attitude and sense of humor that will allow her to weather the storm of fame and publicity that comes with a big franchise like this.

    So, I saw the movie last night! :D I totally agree with a poster in the page previous that the camera work was really shaky and made it super hard for me to focus. My eyes don't do so well with that on the big screen so it got really disorienting at times. I'm sure once the movie is out on DVD it won't be so bad because smaller screens shouldn't make the shakiness as bad. But I wish they'd used a stable camera more. :p

    The movie definitely has a different feel from the book, but that was inevitable since it would be almost impossible to translate Katniss's perspective to the big screen. So the movie is different, but I think it was done pretty much as well as it could have been. I thought the chariot scene and costumes were SPOT ON (the District 12 outfits were way better than I imagined; they were amazing); I just wish we could have seen more of the other tributes. I also loved Peeta's camouflage; I thought that would get dropped for sure and I loved how they did it. And Jen as Katniss; can't say much there. Her acting was incredible.

    A couple things that I noticed that were changed/left out that make me curious as to how Catching Fire will be adapted:

    1. They don't have Peeta figuring out that it was all an act! Hmm. And the movie makes it clear that Katniss is pretty much manipulating him in the cave out of compassion and strategy, not love. Since Peeta's subsequent disillusionment plays a BIG part in Catching Fire, I'm wondering how they plan on doing that? For a non-book reader, it will be odd to go from fairly lovey-dovey Peeta to, "Oh, you were just acting...that stinks, because I really do like you" and see how his demeanor changes.
    2. Peeta's fake leg! I guess he doesn't lose it in the movies. It's not the BIGGEST deal ever; it's not a big plot point except when his unsteadiness with the prosthetic causes some incidents (falling in the snow in District 12 and then his inability to navigate the jungles of the arena well because of all the vines).
    3. Not a whisper of a mention of District 13. I know they still have plenty of time to set this up, but seems like they could have put a small mention of it in there.

    I know there's more but that's all I could think of off the top of my head.
  16. Spareoom

    Spareoom Well-Known Member

    I believe the poster in question is referring to the second Credits song, which was co-written/performed by Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars. The first song is the one you're thinking of, I believe. All I know about it is that during the LA premiere they had it on a loop during the webcast and I came to HATE it after about 15 minutes. ;) :p
  17. Nell411

    Nell411 Between the click of the light and

    Ah, that would make sense, I didn't wait that long. I'm just a massive Arcade Fire fan so I waited for that song before I left.
  18. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    Just got home from it. As you all know,I totally hate book Peeta, but I really felt for him in the movie, and almost nearly like him. :p

    I highly recommend this movie and usually hate the overhyped stuff.
  19. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member


    It wasn't the bestest movie in the history of the world, but as far as book adaptations go, fantastic. :cheer2: All the actors were pitch-perfect, with the minor exception of uberhunk Gale (meh). I thought the movie Prim was so much more affecting.

    My only minor quibble was the shaky camera work and how tight;y the fight scenes were framed. I was getting confused with what was happening in the jumble of bodies.
  20. rjblue

    rjblue Having a great day!

    The civil Wars song is the final song in the credits, after the Taylor one, although they do sing backup on hers.
  21. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    I want to read the book but it is not available on iTunes yet only the audiobook. :(
  22. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    I really did like the movie but I did think some of the scenes came across a little cheesy. I know the scenes between Katniss and Peeta are supposed to be forced but I think they kind of missed the mark and landed on cheesy instead. I did like some of the changes, though.
    I'm happy Peeta kept his leg and so so relieved the dogs weren't some kind of genetic clones of the dead contestants complete with their eyes.
  23. PRlady

    PRlady flipflack

    The music soundtrack, which I'm previewing on ITunes, is interesting. They obviously went for an Appalachian-sounding folk sound and there are some nice songs there.
  24. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    I haven't heard the whole thing yet, but I love what I've heard so far. Really good choices.
  25. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

    Katniss: She's not just a kick-ass heroine.

    Cool story in today's NY Times about the business of writing insurance for filmmaking and the entertainment industry, including many of the hard-to-forsee risks:
    "One time, while goofing around off-camera, Ms. Lawrence told Mr. Hutcherson that she could kick her leg over his head. She missed, and her foot landed squarely on his temple, knocking him unconscious." Whomp. And out goes one of your lead actors. Then there are the bears that ramble through the shooting area.
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  26. Christina

    Christina Well-Known Member

    Wow. Great movie. My husband has never read the books, doesn't usually go to the movies, and thought the premise sounded stupid. He thought it was good as well.

    Go see it, rfisher. You won't be sorry.

    The only thing that bothered me was
    Peeta's obvious roots at times. He's not a natural blonde, I think. I did like the character in the movie, but Liam Helmsworth is hawt! The mutt jumping out of the woods made my husband jump!
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  27. bek

    bek Guest

    But if the author made Katniss become superwomanish, it would destroy what she's trying to say about violence and war. How violence destroys people, even good people. To say Katniss is the type of person who crumbles under pressure is a bit much for me, that girl went through more adversity in her lifetime before she entered into the Hunger Games than many of us could imagine. Imagine a young child fighting to feed her mother and sister, pretty much parenting both, after her father dies. She is a fighter and she is strong but everyone has their limits. I think what hurt Katniss throughout the book was what was she even fighting for. Its not like Katniss had in her head this picture of a liveable society. Harry and his friends, they were fighting to maintain their current lives. But Katniss knew nothing but misery. And as we get throughout the book
    she learns that the Rebels are just manipulative and willing to kill innocents as the Capital

    The author is trying very hard to say something very clear about the nature of war, violence, and what it does to people. Which is why having the "good characters" people Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, Finnick etc become so affected by what they experienced works well for the point the author is trying to express.

    That kind of evil, those kind of experiences would destroy even the strongest people. Especially when they don't have a glimmer of what to even fight FOR. And even after things are over, even if life gets better it affects you. What kind of person would you be if it didn't? The fact that even in her weakness that girl did what she had to do is precisely what makes her strong.
    War twists people and in lot of cases there really is no good or bad guys in it.

    I remember my mom telling me of a guy she dated. His mother grew up in Belgium in World War II during Nazi Occupation. She saw a Nazi soldier shoot and kill her best friend (who was Jewish) right in front of her face as a teenager. Her mother met his father an American soldier that they hid eventually they married. But to say the mother wasn't messed up by what she experienced for the rest of her life. Or Holocaust victims, other victims of the type of thing that someone like Katniss experienced... Nightmares, all kinds of things after that kind of experience, that's a reality. Strength is just getting through it and finding a way to live. Its a far more real reaction than Katniss becomes superwoman.

    As for Katniss and Peeta having no chemistry, I disagree. Even in the first book the author makes it clear that Katniss isn't sure how she feels.
    She feels quite depressed after Peeta finds out she was "faking".

    The no one wins in war is a theme too.
    we find out that all of the Hunger Games "Victors" had a horrible experience after they won with the Capital killing loved ones to force them into submission, being sold to sexual slavery etc. One could argue the ones who "died" were spared.

    In fact the author's father fought in Vietnam. There's a rare interview where she says that she use to wake up hearing her father's nightmares.
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  28. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    Just got back from seeing this in IMAX - my friend's idea, it took me a while to be able to focus on the gigantic screen because I normally sit as far away from the screen as possible in a regular theater, and this one had extremely shallow seating.

    On the whole, a good film. There were some things that I really loved - most notably Jennifer Lawrence (duh), but also the game command central (not in the book) and everything about the Cesar Flickerman show. I was wary of Josh Hutcherson as Peeta but he kinda won me over (agree about his roots though). Effie Trinket was PERFECT. Woody Harrelson was horribly miscast, though. His look was completely wrong, and there was nothing of Haymitch's beaten down drunk in that portrayal. I was also horribly underwhelmed by the costume effects for the tributes. The Chariot o' Fire was cheesy - although the frie spinning dress later was better. All the other tributes' costumes looked like they were made of construction paper.

    These are pretty minor, though (ok, I'm definitely not going to stop bitching about Woody Harrelson for the entire trilogy, but everything else I can live with). The one story-related change that was just wrong, wrong, wrong was the aftermath of Rue's death. Her death scene was so well done, so effective, and just heartbreaking - but instead of giving us the District 11 bread gift to Katniss (which causes her to give the D12 salute), we get.....the riot scene from Book 2? Aside from plot purity, it just makes no sense. WHY would District 11 start rioting in the middle of the Hunger Games? They had to have known that at least one of their tributes was going to die, and while Rue's demise was devastating to us, I don't think it qualifies in the frame of the games as a particularly nasty or unfair death. A stupid, useless change.

    I didn't mind the shaky camera work or super close fight scenes - they made it hard to see what was going on, but I felt it added to the overall sense of disorientation. Plus, I hate gore so it allowed me to see fight scenes without seeing a lot of blood and guts.
  29. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    "War is hell" is a good theme for a book, but I don't think it was handled particularly well. An author can convey this without knocking out their main character repeatedly. PTSD can manifest itself in other ways -- becoming hysterical isn't the only symptom.

    Now that I know there were only supposed to be two books and that Collins was told to stretch it to three explains a lot of the mess of Mockingjay, imo.

    Gen, I didn't mind Harrelson as Haymitch, but you are correct that we don't get enough explanation as to why he's such a drunk.
  30. CDANN1013

    CDANN1013 Active Member

    Broke down and bought the first book yesterday. Hope I will enjoy it