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I can say FINALLY! And BRILLIANT. And CHILLING. And WELL DONE.
I’m not usually into pre-movie-hypes. But, I confess, I desperately wanted to see The Hunger Games…a long, long time before it was released. What can I say? I’m an avid fan of the books. But pre-movie-hypes, I’ve noticed, are sometimes deadly. Expectations are built higher and higher. Excitement overflows. Obsession is…near(I’ll leave it at “near”). And when the movie finally makes it to the big screen, half the time it brings the fans off their rollercoaster of anticipation and dumps them in disappointment. That’s a reality. Especially when the movie is made from a well-known, much-loved book. Let’s face it: movies are never completely the same as the books. So I went to watch this movie—excited and worried all at once. It could be great… It could ruin the book…
I loved it.
From the first few seconds, I loved it. I loved the shaky camera effect (although, to be truthful, I was concerned about getting seasick). I think that really brought out the feeling of District 12—a really poor, desolate, hard place. And, as the movie continued, I realized we were seeing everything (beginning to end) from Katniss Everdeen’s eyes. No wonder they used a shaky camera. Nothing’s completely flat when you’re running. And Katniss spends most of the movie running.
The Capitol was incredible. They really captured what Suzanne Collins (the author of the trilogy) was trying to say in her books. In the Capitol they’re high-tech, they’re fashionable (yes, that’s what they call themselves), they’re never starving, they have everything at the tip of their fingers. And they see nothing wrong with that. They don’t doubt the government. They accept whatever their dictator says as being good and right. Hence the whole film is about the Capitol and its giddy people and how they don’t see anything wrong with having a competition called the Hunger Games. To the Capitol, it simply isn’t real.
The movie kept amazingly close to the book. Usually movies wander a fair bit from the original story in the books, but The Hunger Games hugged close. Of course they cut some elements and scenes and details. But how could they not? The movie is already 2 and half hours. If they’d kept everything from the books the movie would take days to watch. I was satisfied with the cuts, though a little disappointed in places. No Madge. No real focus on the Avoxes. The time in the arena moved much faster. Instead, they added in more from the Gamemakers side. We saw the control room (incredibly high-tech!) and more of Seneca Crane, the Head Gamemaker (who is little more than a name in the books). I really loved that. It was a peek into what we’d only imagined.
They chose amazing actors to star in this movie. And those actors pulled off their parts with precision and reality and talent and amazing insight. I expected more dialogue though. I expected a little more interaction, especially between Katniss and Rue. On the other hand, I think the movie expressed Prim (Katniss’ little sister) perfectly and really added to what the book had said about her. The romance wasn’t as intense as I thought it would be (romance not being my cup of tea, I liked that!). And the Careers…I really think they did the Careers well. Chilling. Unbelievable. Horrifying. But understandable all at the same time.
And the ending…no, I’ve let out too many spoilers already. Least to say, the ending was amazing, following the book with only a few veers and excellent extra touches.
But I will give a small warning here. This is a disturbing movie. It’s just as disturbing as the books. My advice would be to read the books before watching the movie. Not only will the movie be extra special, you’ll understand a lot more back-story and the characters will become even more relatable and alive. But you know what? The movie is supposed to be disturbing. It’s supposed to make you think, make you consider. It’s not a frilly movie. It’s about a future world. It takes some things (like reality tv for instance) and puts them in a future setting and then magnifies them. The movie is about corrupt governments and cruelty and even history. It’s a repeat of history. The ancient Romans did the gladiators and the arenas and blood-thirsty citizens watched and cheered. The Roman Emperor decided who lived and who died at the end. The Capitol is corrupt and cruel and, when the movie begins, there is nothing the people can do about it. They are forced to watch their children to die in televised arenas as a warning against disobeying their corrupt government.
If our history is disturbing, what makes us think our future might not be disturbing too?
I definitely would recommend this movie for mature audiences. Don’t take young children to watch it. The themes are ones that need to be chewed on and thought out. While it was graphic, it wasn’t anything beyond what movies usually are today. I wasn’t surprised. But it was awful, it was bitter, it was scary. But it’s supposed to be.
The Hunger Games is a brilliant, gripping book. The movie follows in its footsteps. I love both and I stand in awe of such brave writing. It is an amazing telling of a story that needs to be heard.
See mime’s part of the review… May the Odds be Ever in your Favour.