Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hunger Games movie review

On Saturday afternoon I saw the Hunger Games movie with my boyfriend and some friends.  I was looking forward to seeing the movie for the special effects that I was sure could lend themselves well to this story, such as all the fiery costumes Kitniss wears.  Here's my full review.  With spoilers, if you haven't seen the movie or read the book.

Overall: It's pretty, but the book is better.

Acting: Excellent.  Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen was very good.  As other reviewers have said, she portrays so much with her eyes, while maintaining a poised exterior.  There are plenty of fabulous supporting cast as well.  Some were certainly chosen for their acting abilities rather than matching their literary counterparts' physical descriptions; Woody Harrelson was not the Haymitch I imagined, but was excellent in the role.

Costuming: Everything I could have wanted!  The stark contrast between the miners and the Capitol's denizens was depicted wonderfully.  I was waiting with baited breath for the scenes with Katniss on fire, and I loved the dress at her interview with Caesar.  Absolutely amazing.

Cinematography: Like the girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead - when it was good it was very good, and when it was bad it was horrid.  There are amateur movies with less shaky footage than what was used in District 12 and some fight scenes.  What were they thinking?  Seriously.  On the other hand, the disoriented shot when Katniss has been stung by a tracker jacker was very well done.

Accuracy: Reasonably good.  There was some streamlining, of course, which is understandable.  Some of the added scenes, offering explanations, were worthwhile.  Others, such as when they created the creatures for the finale battle, were basically spoilers.  I appreciate how true they were to main events, and to how most deaths were off-screen like they were in the book.
What I did not like, at all, was how they changed the ending.  And here comes the spoiler.  I am extremely unhappy that they left ambiguity in how Katniss feels about Peeta.  In the book, she tells him point blank that the relationship was an act on her part, and she's not interested.  But noooo, we get the potential for a flipping love triangle, thanks also to the footage of Gale watching the Hunger Games and reacting jealously to the kissing and such.  Argh!!!!
The point of this was obvious in the lobby after the movie, when some of our companions were asking a non-reader if she was "Team Gale or Team Peeta."  Poke me with a spork, I'm done.

Best outcome of the movie experience: My boyfriend is now reading my copy of The Hunger Games.


  1. I very much enjoyed reading your review as I was wondering whether or not to see the movie.