Yesterday we went to the movie The Hunger Games. We arrived in plenty of time, wondering if we might still be frozen out by the hordes of people pretending they were tributes at the Games.
The parking lot was pretty much empty. The same thing happened when we saw The Dark Knight on opening weekend. We shared the theater with a handful of people. Sorry, I can’t tell you where this theater is, this theater that nobody seems to know about.
Now, on to the movie:
I loved it. I loved it as much as one can/should love a movie about kids killing each other.
For those wondering how it stacks up to the book I would simply say: don’t worry about it. They’re two different things. Both are worth experiencing, in my opinion.
The movie doesn’t give you Katniss’ inner monologues. The scenes with Cinna and the fashion weirdos are very short. It moves things along quickly. I thought the book was well-paced, but it could take its time in ways the movie couldn’t.
And the movie makes it easier to experience the freakish fashion of the aristocratic weenies at the Capitol. Marilyn Manson–from Mechanical Animals onward–would have felt right at home strolling around with a giant pink dog and buttless pants.
On the other hand, the book doesn’t give you a chance to buy popcorn or shaky-cam. Both worked very well for me in the film.
I loved the movie. It was true to the spirit of the book. It is dark, sad, and occasionally hard to watch. Jennifer Lawrence was an inspired choice for Katniss. She’s serious enough without being grim. She’s athletic without looking like a gym bunny. She’s pretty without being distractingly lovely. The movie lets her be grimy and bloody and miserable.
When she’s sad I believe it–now that I think of it, I haven’t seen her in anything where she wasn’t sad.
Someone told me he’s “very upset” about the casting for the parts of Peeta and Gale and Haymitch. I say that’s not really worth being “very upset” about.
All in all, I wouldn’t change a thing about the movie, except Van Damme wasn’t in it. Adding Van Damme to anything is a surefire recipe for glory.
And that’s my hack review. You already know if you want to see the movie or not. If you liked the book, I ‘ll be very surprised if you don’t enjoy the movie.