March 25, 2012

The Hunger Games is even better
the second time.

I saw The Hunger Games not once, but twice this weekend. I went to the midnight premiere with the girls then dragged The Hero to see it on Saturday. The Hero said, "That was a f***ing good movie! I can't even put into words how much I loved it. I went in with high expectations and did not leave disappointed. First off, I'd like to thank the casting director for picking the best possible cast. I had my doubts early on, especially with Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, but I'll be the first to admit I was wrong.

Every single actor was perfect for their role. Just like the book, Peeta grew on me with every scene until I fell madly in love with him. Jennifer Lawrence nailed Katniss. She was fierce, humble and caring. Don't even get me started on the girl who played sweet, precious Rue. I laughed. I cried. I held my breath. I certainly can't go without mentioning Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Donald Sutherland, and Liam Hemsworth. They were all so phenomenal.

Anytime one of your favorite books is turned into a movie, you have to accept that they'll make changes. For the most part, I was able to look past a few small discrepancies. I know they can't squeeze every detail in, but the scene where Haymitch falls off the stage at the reaping should have been included. This drunken mishap was televised for all to see. Katniss and Peeta talked about it several times. For me, it was a laugh out loud moment. Other than this scene being left out, I have no major complaints.

Along with my love of the impeccable cast, I was also extremely pleased with the design of The Capitol. It's like they pulled the images right out of my brain. The buildings, the people, the clothes, the food, and the training facility were all brought to life exactly as I pictured them. Ultimately, by the end of the movie, I could only think of one thing.

How soon until Catching Fire?

November 2013, people.


Unknown said...

I can't wait to go see it tomorrow!! I already can't wait for Catching Fire and I haven't even seen This one yet! lol

Christina said...

NOVEMBER? I thought it would be next summer. Aw, man.

Lori said...

Can not wait to see this, but hubby refused to let my 8 months pregnant butt stand in line for a long time, so we have to wait until the tween craze dies down a bit!

Myra said...

Saw the midnight premiere too! I can't believe we have to wait until the END of next year for the next part. UGH.

Mrs. M said...

So excited!

Unknown said...

I won't be able to see it until later this week - at the beach for Spring Break and not thinking this will be appropriate for my younger kiddos to see. I am bummed, but really excited to see this - everyone is raving about The Hunger Games!!!

Karen M. Peterson said...

I already can't wait to see it again. The Hero was right. It was an f-ing great movie!

The casting was perfect. I was SO pleased to have been so right about Jennifer Lawrence. She was the absolute right choice.

And it's funny what you said about pulling the images out of your brain because when I was watching the movie, I kept thinking how talented Suzanne Collins is that she wrote this book in such a way that everyone pretty much pictured it the same way. Amazing.

Macey said...

I loved it too!! I really love Tucci's was hilarious! His smile...freaking killed me.

Deals, Steals and Heels said...

i agree with everything!!! although, i was less mad about haymitch falling when i remember how much i LOVED caesar and claudius doing their commentary on the games. omg.

and rue?? i'm STILL not over it. omg.

Olivia Carter said...

Great review! Totally agree & NOvember can't come soon enough!

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Mrs. Match said...

I completely agree about Peeta. I thought the casting was bad, but as the movie went along, I thought he NAILED it.
I did wish Kato was bigger, but I think he still pulled off being fierce and creepy, with that slight vulnerability at the end.

Match loved the movie so much we went out and bought him the paperback that night, and he's already halfway through. I can't wait for him to read the next two. I love that he loves the series as much as I do!

November 2013 is WAY too far away.