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The Hunger Games (Ross, 2012) The Reviews Thread

Old 09-07-12, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by DJariya
but what I thought was the weak point of the movie was the whole forced star crossed lovers angle with Peeta. I don't think it was really developed well enough for me to care about them as a couple.
I agree. That aspect is developed better in the book.
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Re: The Hunger Games (Ross, 2012) The Reviews Thread

Sure it's done better in the book but in both cases the triangle was supposed to come across as forced.
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I watched this last weekend and thought it was okay, a decent way to spend a couple of hours before college football started. The performances were great, but it did feel very condensed compared to the book, naturally.

I really wanted to see how they handled
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the mutts, what with their resemblances to the fallen tributes and standing on their hind legs. Yeah, it could've ended up being silly-looking, but using regular dogs didn't really have much of an emotional impact on that last fight.


Reading the book was a much better experience, not just because the story was fully fleshed out, but because I didn't bob and weave my head around while doing so, making the pages unreadable. Really, the shaky cam was terrible in this movie. Action scenes? Yeah, I understand it a bit, but still hate it (sure, it may "tone down" the violence between young characters, but it also gives an "I don't know how shoot an action scene" vibe, IMO.) But during static, dialogue-driven scenes it's ridiculous and unnecessary.

I'm shedding no tears for the loss of the director. In fact, I'm pulling for a "reverse Bourne series", bringing in a director who owns a tripod and is able to show restraint during times when handheld cameras are used.

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The shaky cam element was pointless, yet I blame Battlestar Galactica and The Office for making everybody think that "shaky = real."
Is it really bad on BSG? That show just came to Amazon Prime and I was thinking about giving it a go, given its rep. Honestly, I largely don't mind it much on The Office, but that may be because my love of the writing and performances eclipses any shaky cam nitpicks that I have. (This past dreadful season, notwithstanding.)
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Re: The Hunger Games (Ross, 2012) The Reviews Thread

Jennifer Lawrence was good, everything else was kinda meh. Every adult character was a caricature, I wasn't sure if this was intentional or not.

The "Romance" between Katniss and Peeta didn't work at all. Those two had zero chemistry. Katniss had more sexual tension with Cinna. At first I thought maybe they were faking the romance to get sympathy and aid from sponsors. Then they made that Romeo and Juliet pact at the end with the berries, which was completely ridiculous. Thats your solution?! Really?! Who's gonna look after your sister?
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Originally Posted by Thrush
At first I thought maybe they were faking the romance to get sympathy and aid from sponsors.
They were. It was made pretty clear, along with the fact that Katniss is really in love with Gale and is worried how they're going to maintain the fake relationship now that they're back in District 12.

Then they made that Romeo and Juliet pact at the end with the berries, which was completely ridiculous. Thats your solution?! Really?! Who's gonna look after your sister?
I'm pretty sure Katniss did that knowing the officials would stop them to avoid a backlash from the audience.
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The movie was decent, but I'm quite surprised that it earned $700 million wordwide.
Old 03-03-13, 09:42 PM
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After Ice Age : Continental Drift earned $877M worldwide, no absurdly huge gross should surprise anyone any more.
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But that was a known francise, and kid friendly. This one was not.
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Shaky cam was really, really, really, really irritating, but otherwise thoroughly enjoyed this. Loved the little bit they added at the end about what happened to Seneca. Nice touch with the berries.
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Originally Posted by wearetheborg
But that was a known francise, and kid friendly. This one was not.
I'm not sure if you just don't talk to kids, or just haven't had contact with one in years, but The Hunger Games is a well-known franchise with YA readers.
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By kids I mean less than 10 year old. Is Hunger Games for that age group?
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Originally Posted by wearetheborg
By kids I mean less than 10 year old. Is Hunger Games for that age group?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young-adult_fiction
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Originally Posted by wearetheborg
But that was a known francise, and kid friendly. This one was not.
This was a known franchise, Its books were very popular.
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Originally Posted by wearetheborg
By kids I mean less than 10 year old. Is Hunger Games for that age group?
No, I would say 11-17 is the wheel house for Hunger Games. It was actually a movie where the guys didn't have to be completely dragged to like the Twilight series.

The two biggest trends right now for movies are comic books and Sci-fi/fantasy YA.

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