Movie The Hunger Games (2012)

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)

I found the pace of the movie to be a bit too fast. And while it might have helped if I had read the book, I think a book-based movie should do its best to portray the story independently of the book. In this movie, I get the overall idea of the story, but there were relationships that just came and went too quickly for me. I get the feeling that the book would have gone into great detail with all the individual relationships.

Jennifer Lawrence did a great job. Though looking at her pictures, I'd have to say she's better looking with a serious look on her face than with a smile.

After her performance I liked Woody Harrelson's performance.

I liked the vision and sound blurs that occur in the movie. That's one of my favorite special effects. I like the similar use of sound in Sherlock Holmes (2009), it's sequel A Game of Shadows (2011), and Star Trek (2009).

Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields)

One thing I didn't understand was why the people in charge of the game needed to influence the game rather than just monitor it. On a related note, wouldn't it be clear to the viewers that the game was unfair? Though I guess it would still be enjoyable for the elite to watch.

Trailers: [Came in late]; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011); The Amazing Spider-Man (2012); Men in Black 3 (2012)

Katniss and Rue (Amanda Stenberg)

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This was one of those small movie events where a club reserves a room on campus and uses the in-class projector and projection screen to play the movie. In addition to the change in medium for which the movie was being played, having seen the movie once before and watching it with a different audience definitely changed the experience of the movie.

Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss.

I wrote: "The audience, myself included, laughed at the line where Peeta tells Katniss he watched her go home everyday. There was also laughter for the scene where they kissed. It was funny, because the movie cuts back to Gale in the village. Awkward... hahaha." 10:00PM ET

I also wrote: "I don't really like the beginning. For me, the movie starts getting good around the time Peeta and Katniss enter on the chariots with the fire or when all the champions are being interviewed." 10:20PM ET


Hahaha. "Well it seems the odds aren't in their favor."

Just having this movie play in the background while I graded homework.

At first, I never liked the entirety of the film's beginning. In particular, I found the following dialogue so awkward:
Prim: Mom.
Katniss: Aw, look at you! You look beautiful. But you better tuck in that tail, little duck.
Mom: I laid something out for you too.
Katniss: OK.
Mom: Now you look beautiful too.
Prim: Wish I looked like you.
Katniss: Oh, no. I wish I looked like you, little duck.
I don't, however, know exactly why I find the scene awkward. Maybe its meant to be so awkward as it is, but that doesn't mean I have to like it any better.

Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley)

Later, near the end of the movie, Katniss and Peeta wake up to find their wounds have healed extensively. While it made sense for Peeta to be surprised, Katniss had already used the healing salve earlier in the film and shouldn't, in my opinion, be nearly as surprised as Peeta.

Finally, the detail I noticed on this viewing was that Peeta used his finger to indicate that Katniss should aim for Cato's hand.

Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci)

In any case, I would say I like the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), more than The Hunger Games.

Interesting, the film was filmed in North Carolina.

Released 20120323.
Watched 20120601 Theater. Regency Charter Centre [HUNGER GAM] 10:00PM $3.00
Watched 20120907
Watched 20140208 (Netflix, Instant, HD)
The Hunger Games (2012) Gary Ross. 142 min [botnotsn (2008) by Suzanne Collins]

Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) and Katniss.

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