Hungry for More

3.26.2012

We arrived at the theater over an hour before showtime.  Two people were in line ahead of us.  Within minutes, dozens more took their place behind us.  We got the perfect seats - dead center of the theater, not too close and not too far back - and had yummy chocolate bars stashed in our friend's purse.  We were ready.  We were waiting.  And The Hunger Games delivered.

I don't want to give anything away for those of you who haven't seen it yet (or who haven't read the books) but I loved the movie.  It definitely lived up to my expectations and was one of the best book-to-movie incarnations I've seen in a long time.  I'm not sure if it was because I knew what was coming or if it was because I didn't know how it would come, but there was this anxiety in the pit of my stomach throughout most of the two hours and twenty minutes.  Not only did I jump in my seat, I also teared up once or twice.  But, as heart-wrenching and thrilling as it was, there was still something missing.  Of course, when most books are translated into movies, you expect that some characters and events might be sacrificed in the name of time constraints.  The Hunger Games was no exception, but that's not what was missing.  I can't believe I'm going to say this but ... I didn't think it was violent enough.  One of the most compelling aspects of the story is the length the government is willing to go in order to subdue and control their people.  They sacrifice children in the name of power and glorify it for entertainment.  That's some seriously sick shiz.  The way the characters handle both the mental and physical horrors they face is what makes them so human.  But in order to relate to them, we need to experience that horror.  When you read the books, you experience it with your imagination.  When you go to the movie, you experience it through the screen.  Basically, I was disappointed to find that what I experienced in my imagination was much more powerful and horrific than what I experienced through the screen.  I feel like this is the kind of movie where you just gotta take the R rating and really do it justice.  Does that make sense?  All in all, though, it was a great movie.  It actually made me want to go back and read the books again and it got me super excited for the next two movies.

So tell me, did you see it?  What'd you think?

14 Comments:

  1. Yay! I haven't heard a bad review yet, everything has been so positive and I think that's awesome. I'm always so wary of movie adaptations, rarely are they as good as the books, but this is sounding pretty good. Interesting about the violence but I suppose reading about children killing each other is different to watching it? Anyway, I'm so happy you've given it a thumbs up!

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  2. I tend to agree wih you but there's no way they would have made it R-rated because of the amount of trends they want to come see it. I was also really impressed with the costumes, particularly just the random people in the Capitol. I really hope it wins in an award in that category.

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  3. Hmm, I didn't see it but I read the books. You're right - the oppression was one of the most terrible things about the novels. I guess it was catered toward the PG 13 audience

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  4. oh my gosh i cannot wait to see this! i am so excited!

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  5. Ugh, I'm so jealous! I can't wait to see it!

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  6. I haven't seen the movie but I did read the book. Thanks for the review, may have to check the movie out. I find that the movie version is never as good as the book.

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  7. I am dying to go see it (but waiting for the crowds to pass). I loved the books, and the previews for the movie look great. I kind of agree that this might be better as an R rated movie, being that the book was just so heinous. You got me all fired up to go see it again.

    *Erin

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  8. I just loved it!! Also got there an hour early haha. I think the casting was spot on to the characters I had pictured in my mind while reading, so I was fully satisfied :)

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  9. Hey Stephanie! I just found your blog today and I've loved looking through it!

    I went to the midnight showing and I thought it was awesome too! My only problem was that we arrived a bit too late and were stuck in the front row. That with the shaky camera movement and quick editing made me a little nauseous so I couldn't enjoy the movie fully.

    I agree that the movie did not fully encompass the cruelty of the games like the book, but PG13 mean more kids can see, and ticket sales will be greater. I'm personally not a huge fan of violent movies so I didn't mind the quick cuts.

    Jenny

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  10. Quality review. I haven't seen the movie yet. My husband is going to read them on our vacation next month. It probably did feel weird to want more violence (not that anyone wants violence of course) but I appreciate the honest assessment. I'm interested to see it and make own opinion. Good call on the chocolate bars.

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  11. I didn't read the book, but I LOVED the movie!

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  12. I am so out of the loop on this one... but have only heard amazing things! So, as soon as I find am moment, I will be checking into the Hunger Games craze ;) XO brynn

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  13. I feel the same way you did- was happy with the book to movie adaptation and really enjoyed the movie- but felt the missing piece also! My other half said he felt like it was rushed- and I get that- even though it was 2.5 hours long! I think though, with the book being mostly inner dialog and hardly any talking amongst characters- they did an amazing job!

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  14. LOVED the movie too, but I feel ya on this one too. But to give them some credit, they did do an awesome job on the tracker-jacker scene though. I just wish they would've shown a bit more blood when Katniss shot the guy in the neck that killed Rue. And even her scene, Rue wasn't bloody enough like the book described.

    Overall, a great adaptation of the book. And that's what I have to keep reminding myself, it's an adaptation, not the real thing. :)

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, friend!
    xo
    Alisha

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