Thoughts on The Hunger Games movie. (Sorry, my cut isn’t working I’ll try to be pretty spoiler free.)
- Obviously we lost a lot of details. Book to movie, that always happens. A lot of what was lost was some of the more detailed and pointed social commentary of it.
- I was really disappointed with the primary character Capitol Fashions. The District 12 Chariot outfits were great, Cinna was fine, generic Capitol folk were fine, Effie was reasonable… although I had hoped her clothes would be a bit more over-the-top — nothing else lived up to expectations. The interview clothes (for all of the tributes), chariot outfits for the other districts, Seneca, Cinna’s team… none of it lived up to expectations. When the Capitol was meant to be fashion and decadence taken to extremes, so many of the styling choices seemed to be “safe”.
- Gale’s acting fell pretty flat. Which is a shame since I loved Gale.
- Katniss & Peeta were acted well.
- I found Prim’s acting pretty generic, any young girl with minimal acting training could have pulled it off.
- Haymitch’s first scene was perfect. The rest of the time he seemed far too sober.
- Cinna and Effie were acted wonderfully. Oh god, Effie with the “That is mahogany!” and “Manners!” — spot on. I am unable to not love Ciinna. [Worth noting: while I didn’t pick up on it to be bothered, the girls I saw the film with felt that Cinna was a little too touchy with Katniss to the point they thought it seemed like an inappropriate romance being heavily hinted.]
- Rue was perfect.
- Thresh, I’m kind of torn on. His wordless expressions and demeanor were perfect in the training hall. He emoted beautifully and you could see his protective side towards Rue without a single word being said. A lot of actors can’t pull that off. Then, the way he delivered his parting lines felt a little less noble decision and more like a kid trying to fake Hollywood-esque “gangster street cred”. It broke the movie magic for me a bit because the delivery of those last couple of lines seemed jarringly out of place for Thresh and the world he lives in. His lines had been fine up to there, and I hate that it broke the characterization for me in the last two sentences because I really admired Thresh’s choice in the books.
- Plotholes like whoa with certain character knowledge and missing details from the books not being explained clearly.
- Really good action.
- Why Katniss mistrusted Peeta’s declarations was not as clearly shown in the movie as I would have hoped.
- Gamemaster Seneca Crane and President Snow was really interesting to see, considering their interactions at this point were unseen in the novel.
Overall, good and fun movie. You’re definitely missing details worth having without the novel though.