Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Hunger Games movie

Jeremy and I went to see The Hunger Games on Saturday. I really liked it, but something is keeping me from saying I LOVED it. I can't figure out what. I think part of it might be that it was pretty much exactly like the book, and even exactly like I had imagined the book in my mind. It didn't add anything appreciably new or inventive to the presentation of the story on the big screen, even as it was extraordinarily faithful to the book.

So yeah, I liked it. I thought the main actors all did a good job, especially Cinna. The movie definitely sucked me into its world (just like the book), so that when it was over and we emerged into the light of the real world, I was disoriented for a while.

Speaking of emerging from the movie theater, for a couple of hours, wow did I ever feel like we were living in The Capitol. Dubai has a lot of similarities with that place. Thankfully, hosting a death tournament for teenagers is not one of them.

Also, I think the inspiration for Seneca Crane's facial hair sculpting could easily have come from the impeccably trimmed stubble-beards a lot of Emirati and Saudi men have here.

If I have to have a definitive complaint about the movie, it would be about the overuse of shaky-cam, especially in the beginning. I get that they felt a need to obscure some of the violence, but it came close to giving me a headache.

Have you seen The Hunger Games? What did you think?


Liz Johnson said...

I still haven't seen it, but hopefully that will change on Saturday. I'm glad to hear it has your stamp of approval, though. :)

Jill said...

I LOVED IT. As much as Harry Potter 7 (the second half)

Melody said...

I must admit that the shaky cam irritated me a lot at the beginning of the movie. But boy I was sure grateful for it by the end! And I loved the movie! I don't know if you've noticed but there have been a lot of things popping up about Seneca Crane's beard. Especially on pinterest. Things like "Forget team Peeta or team Gale, I'm team Seneca Crane's beard." I even saw something that was a printout that could be taped to your face. Ha ha!

Bridget said...

Those people should come to the Gulf so they can enjoy real-life beard styles like that!

Elena Bebe said...

I have... I thought it was okay - not too spectacular though and not the kind of movie that'd stick with me for too long. To be honest, I didn't really care much about who would die or survive. I haven't read the book yet even though I bought it (a few days after watching the movie).
You're right about the cam. Personally, I'm not a fan and it gives me headaches even though so many film makers seem to be adopting the technique. Oh well.

B-Rad said...

You do realize that Cinna was played by Lenny Kravitz..."American woman, gonna mess your mind."

Bridget said...

Maybe that's why I was so surprised to like the way he did the character!


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