How have I not jumped on the Hunger Games bandwagon until just now?
I finished the first book on Sunday and saw the movie last night.
Books are always better than the movie (with the exception of The Notebook), but I thought this movie was pretty decent.
I have NOT read the second or third book, so if anyone drops a spoiler comment I will be forced to hunt you down...with my bow and arrow, Katniss style. Please don't pull a James (my brother). When The Sixth Sense was released he told me that Bruce Willis' character was dead (which is the biggest twist to the story) before I even saw it. Thanks for that.
*Rue: Oh my goodness. Could they have chosen a better Rue? No, definitely not. She was spot on. Adorable and so lovable.
*Caesar and his welcome smile. If you've seen the movie, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Laugh out loud funny. (Even though they should have only done it once)
*Scene where Cinna is sending Katniss off to start the Games. I don't think I have ever been that nervous in a movie in a really long time. I knew exactly what was going to happen and my heart was still beating out of my chest. That was acted and directed perfectly.
*The uprising from District 11 after Rue died. I don't remember this happening in the book, but I loved that they had Rue's father go nuts after she died.
*Gale: Yes! The only downfall of this guy is that he dates Miley Cyrus. ???? It's the Josh Duhamel thing...he's so, so, so good looking until you find out he's married to Fergie and that information just ruins everything.
*Peeta: How could I not start with this? What were the directors thinking?!?!?! In no part of my imagination did I see this actor playing Peeta. He was whiney and weak in the movie, and I imagined him as handsome and brave (and taller) in the book. The only reason I didn't throw my Coke at the movie screen was because he had crazy, beautiful eyes....and I didn't want to waste my Coke. The scene where Katniss thinks he's dead from eating the poisonous berries was the only scene that showed chemistry between the two of them. I've even googled "why was josh hutcherson chosen to play peeta" (Noel says I always have the longest google searches) and NOTHING! In Josh H's defense, he is a cutie (but just not Peeta cute and I actually liked him more as the movie went on...but still!!)
*The camera shots were insane. In the worst way possible. I kept wondering if the lady at the snack station had poisoned my drink. The dizziness was out of control.
*The opening hunt scene with Katniss. This needed to be about 100% fiercer. This scene was supposed to set the tone of the entire movie and I felt like it could have been executed better. More hard core.
*Mixed feelings about this one: Katniss herself. She is a GORGEOUS actress. No doubt about that. But with beautiful, lush lips and a nice, juicy booty? Not exactly "Katniss starving in the wilderness" look. I did like her for the most part.
What were some of your thoughts about the movie compared to the book (just the FIRST book, remember)?