Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Hunger Games. OMFG.

Yes. It happened.
I watched. The first show in the city, in the wee hours of the morning.
Did you? Did you? 15+ hours later, I'm still overwhelmed.

And...WOW. It was SO good. The book came alive and there was Katniss with her bow and arrow and the Capitol and - OH SHUCKS, I'M JUST GONNA LIST IT COS I CAN'T HELP IT. (This might get spoiler-ish, so be warned).

  • JENNIFER LAWRENCE. She was born to be Katniss. No exaggeration. How could I EVER doubt her? She was amazing. I can't imagine anyone else taking her place. Oh God. I think I'm pretty much in love with her. Who cares about the boys - yes, they were delectable, but heck, TEAM KATNISS!
  • The Capitol and it's clothes. It was like an avant-garde rainbow parade. And holy moly, THOSE EYELASHES.
  • Effie's appearance reminded me of the Queen of Hearts from Alice In Wonderland. Elizabeth Banks is a delight to watch. I was a little bummed that she wasn't as despicable as I found her to be in the first book, but, oh well, she's very watch-worthy.
  • If beards can give you boners, watch out for Seneca Crane's. His is the shizzle. And that scene with him in the end? Perfection. I wish he didn't have to die, so I could drool over his beard some more. (WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?*shakes head*)
  • Also, WHO KNEW CATO WOULD BE SUCH HOTNESS? By God, the Witch Mountain kid grew up and how. Major. Swoon. Alert.
  • I was wrong about Josh Hutcherson. He made an adorable Peeta. I wanted to bring him home with me the entire time. And he should go blond permanently.

  • Liam Hemsworth as Gale? STUDMUFFIN. Keep that black hair dye on. You lucky girl, Miley!
  • And no, I'm not going to go into the whole Team thing 'cos I like both boys but I also think Katniss made the right choice. The only thing that bothered me about the movie is that Real/For show love between Katniss and Peeta didn't seem to be emphasized upon much. A non-reader of the books could easily miss the fact that Haymitch uttered a couple of words about putting on a 'show of love' to  make an impression on the sponsors and the gamemakers. I thought that was a very important aspect of the Katiniss-Peeta relationship - how that Love For Show becomes Love For Reals - so the underplaying of that was a little, um...jarring? If I think of it independent of the book, though - which I can't, the obsessive fan that I am - I guess it works well.
  • I bawled my eyes out when Rue died. My brother cried, too, I know, although he had his hands over his face. A 15 year old boy crying in the theatre should tell you there was a lot of perfection involved in the shooting of the scene, in spite of the whole thing about the little kid dying being so very, very wrong.
  • The other tributes? I don't know how many times I have to repeat the word 'perfection' in this post. Yes, that. Special toast for the Careers. You've gotta agree they've got style.
  • District 12 and Katniss' home. EXACTLY how it should've been.
  • Yes, there were a few things I would've liked to see. Like, you know, Madge. Even though she's probably not that important but - she gave Katniss the mockingjay pin! And that had a lot of significance which was kinda lacking in the movie. Umm, yeah. And I thought that President Snow would be more sinister and not look like a dystopian-Dumbledore-with-a-shorter-beard. And Haymitch would be, well...drunker. STILL. It turned out to be a really good movie with a cast of uber-talented actors. And guess, what? I, for one, cannot wait for Catching Fire. (also, that happens to be my favourite book of the series).
So.
Have you watched it yet? Are you going to?

On a drool-worthy note, I'm gonna leave you with a photo of the beautiful cast of tribute when they aren't at each other's throats. Psssst, look at that sexy blond in the middle!

15 comments:

Riv Re said...

Ah! So jealous! Though your bullet points really prepared me for when I go (hopefully on Saturday night).
Your favorite was Catching Fire also? Whenever I tell people that CF is my favorite, they look at me like I'm crazy.
My favorite part of that picture on the bottom: Josh is clearly standing on a box, and he's still shorter than everyone else. :)

Rachel Pudelek said...

Yes, I saw it in the wee hours too! Good times. Good times. :)

Bee said...

Catching Fire IS the best book in the series. No arguments :D
For me, that was an unforgettable reading experience.

Lydia Kang said...

I can't wait to see this! OMG, that picture with the "We found Bread in a Toastless place" totally kills me. ROTFLMAO!

Alexis Bass Writes said...

I'm going next weekend - will report back. :) Also - I was so worried about Peeta. I'm relieved to hear Josh did the character justice.

Emily R. King said...

I haven't seen the movie yet. I'm hoping to go next week. I'm glad you had a good time. It makes me more anxious to see it!

Jennie Bailey said...

Visually, it was STUNNING. I was so impressed with the Capital. Loved Elizabeth Banks. She was hilarious. But the reason you stated - the Peeta/Katniss - ruined it for me. It was such an integral part of the book and they completely missed out on it. They needed more build-up of that. The characters fell flat and that is unforgiveable. I did not cry when Rue died and I bawled when I read that part in the book. I was not attached to her at all. She was adorable but we didn't spend enough time with her and Katniss together. I'm just disappointed. And I wanted to love it. I didn't have to love it as much as I loved the book but I didn't.

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Okay so first I have to admit reading your post twice because I loved it so much. AND Yes!!! Haymitch should have been drunker. I knew it! Glad I'm not alone. I love the picture with all the tributes. It is so cute. Rue is still the cutest. I also agree that they didn't play up the relationship right. I also felt like the spotlight needed to be on Peeta more. Peeta was pure awesomeness in the book. But really those are little things to me. I loved so much more.

Book Sake said...

I agree with so many things. Haymitch needing to stay drunk a lot longer, missing the real aspect of the pin, For Show/For Real was one I sorely missed. I think non-book-readers are missing out on not knowing that, so for me the relationship between Peeta and Katniss is very questionable. (I'm still team Gale...whatever!) The Capitol scenes...well, those seemed too cheap and too fake. Like they had only a certain budget for their outlandish clothing and had to buy cheap fabrics and so on. I think that is only shown if you are looking closely at them. Effie's clothes were brilliant, it's just the crowd that bothered me.

- Jessica @ Book Sake

Catherine@thebookparade said...

Catching Fire was my favourite book too! And, yeah! Whenever I say that, people look at me and go 'ermm...no. The first book was way better!' The first book is amazing as well though... and so is the third...they're all amazing! :)

Bee said...

Of course, I <3 ALL the books, but I think Catching Fire shocked and surprised me more than either, I think. It's my fave book series after HP :)

Bee said...

I laughed for 3 days after seeing that picture :D

Bee said...

I get you. There have been some polarizing reactions, yeah. But I guess that's the thing with these movies that are adapted from these super-popular novels. They try not leaving anything out (because suddenly, EVERYTHING'S important)but there's also the time constraint thing working and sometimes they botch it up.
I was mostly really happy with what they did with THG though.

Bee said...

Haha! Thanks for reading AND commenting twice! <3
I agree with you. It wasn't perfect but it was as close :)

Bee said...

Haha. That crowd initially made me think of a circus parade initially, but I LOVED everything else SO MUCH, I got over it. The Capitol set looked amazing, though.

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