“The Hunger Games” on film
I totally saw the big screen, blockbuster adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” a week ago and have been totally remiss in writing about it.
There be spoilers ahead, yo.
To begin, there’s no way the movie could have lived up to the books. There are far too many readers around the world who envisioned far too many things for the movie to make everyone happy. (I’m not even going to begin talking about the idiots who are peeved that Rue, Cinna, and Thresh are played by black actors. Really? I thought this was 2012.) The slight changes to the events and story didn’t bother me — I’m old enough to realize that not everything on paper can make it to the big screen, and I’m fine with that. The only change that stuck out to me was the disappearance of Madge — I’m curious if Madge will be making an appearance in the films at all, or if just written out completely. I’m fine either way, and they found a way to get the Mockingjay pin to Katniss.
Personally, I thought the film was a really good adaptation of a really great read. Jennifer Lawrence makes a perfect Katniss, all quiet strength and skill, and it’ll be cool to watch her develop as the other two books in the series become films. I found myself charmed by the boy playing Peeta, and was a little confused by how little play Gale got, but he’s got two more movies to show his stuff. I was incredibly moved by the death of Rue on film, even more so than I was when I originally read the book, largely due to the wonderful little actress who plays her. Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, and Elisabeth Banks were also all really great — and it’ll be neat to watch their characters evolve over the next few films. Well, those who survived this film anyway.
The “Hunger Games” trilogy aren’t obvious books to make a leap to the big screen – they’re jumbly, some of the character development is shaky, and a whole lot of ground gets covered really fast — but they’re a smash success and so the movies were bound to get made. I’m pleased with the first film, and hope the filmmakers keep up the momentum with the next two (or three, I guess?) films.
Three more quick things –
1. Entertainment Weekly suggested that Ryan Kwanten (Jason from “True Blood”) should play Finnick in “Catching Fire.” I approve. Can that please happen?
2. Good luck to the writers/filmmakers in figuring out how a certain giant/game-changing event in “Mockingjay” is going to be translated to the big screen. My friend Annie and I have our theories.
3. I’ve heard some mention that Jennifer Lawrence is too “fat” to play Katniss, since she’s from a district where people are starving. Here’s my response to that.
A. Katniss hunts like a mofo, so she’d be in pretty good shape.
B. No one’s commenting on how the actors playing Gale and Peeta are both from the same district, and muscular dudes. They don’t look hungry either.
C. Did you see Jennifer Lawrence in the orange “Girl on Fire’ dress? B&^%h, please.
D. Shut up. The end.
Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.