Hunger Games movie (spoilers)

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Odd map since 2 is also in the Rockies from what I recall. A chunk of the third book takes that into account. I placed The Nut at NORAD.

11 does agriculture, but 9 is the breadbasket. They're the ones who specialize in grain.

I do wonder where 4 is, especially with coastal changes. Northwest? Remnants of the Gulf of Mexico?


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I enjoyed the movie very much, though I thought it got a lot better once the games actually started. I got the idea to start reading the book TODAY, heehee, because we'd bought the tickets for this evening and my roommate had the book lying around. So I got to the end of Part 1, basically. I had no book basis for the games part, but I knew the book part of the District 12 stuff and the Capitol grooming stuff.

Other scenes that weren't explained well: the fact that Cato et al tried to kill Peeta for letting Katniss go; the extent to which Katniss and Peeta were playing to the cameras for sponsors (i.e., the whole star-crossed lovers thing); the fact that the berries were just a ruse, and Katniss/Peeta never intended to actually pull a Romeo and Juliet (I don't know - maybe that was clear to viewers who never read the book). I did like the added scene of Seneca Crane being locked in a room with a bowl of poisonous berries. Oh, and as noted above, the Katniss-Rue relationship could have been developed more. In the book, a big part of why Katniss latches on to Rue is because she reminds her of Prim. Not sure that came through. I did think the actress who played Rue was perfect.
I picked up on all that, and I did not know about it from the books. I thought they really telegraphed well that Katniss was doing all the things with Rue that she used to do with Prim back home. It was really touching, and I adored the little actress playing Rue. She couldn't have been more adorable and genuine.

I got the other stuff, too--when Katniss said, "Trust me," I understood that she was trusting Peeta to understand that she knew the psychology of the Gamemakers, and that the line would also sound on tv like "trust me...we can be together forever this way," or what-have-you. And the berry thing with Crane was clear to me, too.

I really enjoyed the Games part, and I have very little complaint about any of that. There are a few parts leading up to the games that bugged me a little, mainly:

--Costuming: Pulling the costume looks direct from specific eras in history seemed lazy, and pulled me out of the concept of what felt in the books to be a contemporary or even futuristic North American society. If we have hovercrafts and trains that go 250 MPH and the capability to create deserts and wild animals out of thin air in a virtual reality for the games, why are the District 12 folks dressing straight out of the Great Depression? I get that it telegraphs that they are poor, but it seemed strange that nearly all of them looked like they walked off a 1930s breadline. There would never be that much specific-era vintage clothing lying around. If they're all wearing clothes they have had or found, they'd be dressed from a number of different eras, or they'd be dressed in clothes mostly from right before the war/disaster that destroyed America. If that's the 1930s, exactly how much time has passed until the current era?

Even Effie's look was 20s/30s inspired, and Flickerman's was Restoration-era inspired. I just wish the costumer had tried to create looks that were particular to that alternate universe, and not as recognizable in our own world.

I loved Katniss' first fire outfit and her braided hairdo in that scene. She looked glamourous and badass.

The Reaping: I wanted them to make a bigger production about the Reaping announcement in District 12. I think it would have made a bigger impact if there'd been more fanfare than just Effie by herself with a microphone. If this is televised across Panem, I'd love to have seen the contrast between what the Capitol wants you to see on tv (glitz! excitement! Lions vs. Christians!) versus the reaction of the terrified potential tributes. I also missed the part with Haymitch falling off the stage, etc.

I think I like Movie Katniss better than Book Katniss so far. I like Collins' ideas, but her writing style isn't my favorite, and Book Katniss has far too many teen-y inner monologues, whereas Movie Katniss keeps her emo inside and kicks ass externally. With the books, I really feel the "young adult" thing, but the movie bridges the gap.

I love that Katniss is such a strong female character.
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I saw it today! I even had someone to go with after all. I was definitely right about liking Katniss better without her wangsty accidental-sociopath interiority. Also, movie!Haymitch = <3, whereas I felt pretty much nothing for book!Haymitch except when he did something surprising or annoying. I loved pretty much all of his scenes, especially when he got Katniss the burn medicine!

Greenjumper, one small detail like that that I really loved was the moment when Rue is on the ceiling of the training center with Cato's knife and Thresh smiles up at her and shakes his head. It was very brief but it was so real and brotherly, and unlike in the book where we don't even see the District 11 tributes' eyes meet, just that split second shot of Thresh's facial expression was enough for it to work much better that he's so furious with Clove when he overhears her talking about killing Rue.

I didn't tear up during Rue's death scene, though I was mightily impressed by the acting. Maybe the lack of emotional involvement I had with the books has carried over to how I viewed the film. It could also be that the person I was watching it with was more likely to laugh at emotional moments than be moved by them. I definitely laughed at the extreme close-up shot of Peeta they chose for his "RUN! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! RUN!!" after Katniss dropped the tracker jacker nest. It just looked so silly to me, but the filmmakers clearly didn't agree, because they used it twice! Speaking of Peeta, Josh Hutcherson looks pretty much exactly as I imagined him in the books. Gale, however, is very different from what I pictured. The guy in this picture without the punk rock-ness and with sharper features comes closer to the Gale I imagined. Lenny Kravitz looks EXACTLY like the Cinna in my mind's eye. Stanley Tucci sold me on his Caesar Flickerman with the shape of his smile. IDK, I just think that big triangular grin is so very Caesar. (What was up with him being in Katniss's tracker jacker hallucinations saying stuff she couldn't have heard, though? Not that that wasn't a hilarious moment. Also, while I really liked the editing of that bit and that there weren't ants boring into her eyes, I would've liked to have seen more of what a terrifying mindscrew tracker jacker venom is supposed to induce.) I really liked that we got to follow Seneca Crane around and I agree about his facial hair, RCC!

Saria, I think I'd have to watch it again to judge if Cato's lines at the end were a bit heavy-handed, because I was too busy being thrilled that Collins's flat villainization of children sent into a death arena was being undone to even notice exactly what he was saying. Cato works SO much better for me as an actual teenaged boy with anger issues than a monologuing cartoon villain. I'm also so, so glad they drastically shortened his suffering at the jaws of the mutts.

I picked the wrong time to go to the bathroom, so I came in when Katniss was ducking under the fence to go into the woods. How much did I miss? I didn't see Buttercup.

I really like "Abraham's Daughter," too. "Safe and Sound," which followed it in the credits, is also nice to listen to, but man, "Abraham's Daughter" is so gorgeous and haunting.
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I saw it today! I even had someone to go with after all. I was definitely right about liking Katniss better without her wangsty accidental-sociopath interiority. Also, movie!Haymitch = <3, whereas I felt pretty much nothing for book!Haymitch except when he did something surprising or annoying. I loved pretty much all of his scenes, especially when he got Katniss the burn medicine!

Greenjumper, one small detail like that that I really loved was the moment when Rue is on the ceiling of the training center with Cato's knife and Thresh smiles up at her and shakes his head. It was very brief but it was so real and brotherly, and unlike in the book where we don't even see the District 11 tributes' eyes meet, just that split second shot of Thresh's facial expression was enough for it to work much better that he's so furious with Clove when he overhears her talking about killing Rue.

I didn't tear up during Rue's death scene, though I was mightily impressed by the acting. Maybe the lack of emotional involvement I had with the books has carried over to how I viewed the film. It could also be that the person I was watching it with was more likely to laugh at emotional moments than be moved by them. I definitely laughed at the extreme close-up shot of Peeta they chose for his "RUN! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! RUN!!" after Katniss dropped the tracker jacker nest. It just looked so silly to me, but the filmmakers clearly didn't agree, because they used it twice! Speaking of Peeta, Josh Hutcherson looks pretty much exactly as I imagined him in the books. Gale, however, is very different from what I pictured. The guy in this picture without the punk rock-ness and with sharper features comes closer to the Gale I imagined. Lenny Kravitz looks EXACTLY like the Cinna in my mind's eye. Stanley Tucci sold me on his Caesar Flickerman with the shape of his smile. IDK, I just think that big triangular grin is so very Caesar. (What was up with him being in Katniss's tracker jacker hallucinations saying stuff she couldn't have heard, though? Not that that wasn't a hilarious moment. Also, while I really liked the editing of that bit and that there weren't ants boring into her eyes, I would've liked to have seen more of what a terrifying mindscrew tracker jacker venom is supposed to induce.) I really liked that we got to follow Seneca Crane around and I agree about his facial hair, RCC!

Saria, I think I'd have to watch it again to judge if Cato's lines at the end were a bit heavy-handed, because I was too busy being thrilled that Collins's flat villainization of children sent into a death arena was being undone to even notice exactly what he was saying. Cato works SO much better for me as an actual teenaged boy with anger issues than a monologuing cartoon villain. I'm also so, so glad they drastically shortened his suffering at the jaws of the mutts.

I picked the wrong time to go to the bathroom, so I came in when Katniss was ducking under the fence to go into the woods. How much did I miss? I didn't see Buttercup.

I really like "Abraham's Daughter," too. "Safe and Sound," which followed it in the credits, is also nice to listen to, but man, "Abraham's Daughter" is so gorgeous and haunting.
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I had to download the song Abraham's Daughter that was in the credits. It really caught my ear.


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Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
The whole soundtrack has been available on iTunes for a few days. It's excellent - I'm a HUGE fan of "traditional" American music (not country, not folk, but things Abraham's Daughter - very rootsy, with simple instrumentation. I also love the soundtrack of "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" for the same reason).

We're seeing the movie tomorrow morning - can't wait!
Originally Posted by PartyHair
I ended up getting the rest of the album, as much as it pains me to now own a Taylor Swift song with her not-so-good voice.

I like roots music as opposed to modern country. I appreciated the Appalachian feeling to quite a few of the songs.


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w_s, that's pretty much what I imagined Gale looked like, too! Shorter hair, of course. But the facial features and everything are right! Although his more current pictures look all wrong.

Gaspard Ulliel would've worked for me, too.

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Oh, and I loved the Kid Cudi song. Very Capital G.

I liked the photo of Katniss's father. That's a lot what he looked like in my head.


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Originally Posted by Saria
LOL!! This has me smiling at my computer! I did kinda disappear from the internet again, but I couldn't stay away for long - not with the shiny new movie to fangirl over.

w_s, that's pretty much what I imagined Gale looked like, too! Shorter hair, of course. But the facial features and everything are right! Although his more current pictures look all wrong.
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I agree. When I searched the character I thought of when trying to think of a face that matched the Gale I pictured, I was surprised to look at the main picture on his IMDB page and see what he looks like now. I wouldn't have guessed that they're the same person.
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She was! Everyone did so well.

Her whole Manners! Ha!

I had to download the song Abraham's Daughter that was in the credits. It really caught my ear.


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Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
The whole soundtrack has been available on iTunes for a few days. It's excellent - I'm a HUGE fan of "traditional" American music (not country, not folk, but things Abraham's Daughter - very rootsy, with simple instrumentation. I also love the soundtrack of "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" for the same reason).

We're seeing the movie tomorrow morning - can't wait!
Originally Posted by PartyHair
I ended up getting the rest of the album, as much as it pains me to now own a Taylor Swift song with her not-so-good voice.

I like roots music as opposed to modern country. I appreciated the Appalachian feeling to quite a few of the songs.


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Originally Posted by redcelticcurls

At least one of Swift's songs features "The Civil Wars" ! I think they are a great band. I found them when I was looking for covers of some old songs like "You Are My Sunshine". I've loved them ever since. They definitely have a soulful-country vibe. Kingdom Come is not one of my favorites of theirs but I still appreciate the vocals on it.
So, I saw the movie last night. I liked it overall.

As far as to how Katniss gets the mockingjay pin, I felt the movie version was a little clunky. I can't quite buy that something as valuable as that pin would've ended up in the Hob. And it was redundant to have Katniss buy it there, then have her give it to Prim only to have Prim give it back to her. They most likely didn't have Madge in the movie for financial reasons or time constraints, but she wasn't a major character in the book anyway. I don't see where putting her in the movie for two minutes in order to give Katniss the pin as in the book would've hurt.

I don't know about anybody else, but I thought that Seneca Crane was a 60 year old man in the book. When they cast that young guy, I was a little concerned, but he did a great job. Same for Kravitz.

I really have no complaints about the actors or the casting except for Cato. I thought they totally miscast him. In the book, he was described as this big, beefy kid and in the movie, he's this scrawny thing. So it was unbelievable when this scrawny thing killed that kid with his bare hands after Katniss blew up their supplies. When Katniss and Peeta look more well fed than Cato, there's an issue.

I also felt that the relationship between Katniss and Rue could've been expanded in the movie. Other people cried in the theater during Rue's death scene, but I didn't feel that way, not because I knew ahead of time that she would die but because the bond between Katniss and Rue wasn't well established. In that instance, for me, the book was more dramatic here since I could really feel the connection that Katniss had with Rue.

That's about it for my observations.
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The whole soundtrack has been available on iTunes for a few days. It's excellent - I'm a HUGE fan of "traditional" American music (not country, not folk, but things Abraham's Daughter - very rootsy, with simple instrumentation. I also love the soundtrack of "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" for the same reason).

We're seeing the movie tomorrow morning - can't wait!
Originally Posted by PartyHair
I ended up getting the rest of the album, as much as it pains me to now own a Taylor Swift song with her not-so-good voice.

I like roots music as opposed to modern country. I appreciated the Appalachian feeling to quite a few of the songs.


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Originally Posted by redcelticcurls

At least one of Swift's songs features "The Civil Wars" ! I think they are a great band. I found them when I was looking for covers of some old songs like "You Are My Sunshine". I've loved them ever since. They definitely have a soulful-country vibe. Kingdom Come is not one of my favorites of theirs but I still appreciate the vocals on it.
Originally Posted by greenjumper
I liked Kingdom Come better ad straight up CW.

That, The Ruler and the Killer, Abraham's Daughter, and Daughter's Lament are my favorites thus far.


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i didn't read the book. i think i followed most of you girls posts. y'all are pretty passionate about it

i enjoyed the movie. i think i missed out on some of the meanings of some things that were probably more clear in the book.

did the movie end in a way that there will be a sequel?
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i didn't read the book. i think i followed most of you girls posts. y'all are pretty passionate about it

i enjoyed the movie. i think i missed out on some of the meanings of some things that were probably more clear in the book.

did the movie end in a way that there will be a sequel?
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
It's a trilogy, so there are two more movies to go with the remaining two books.
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i didn't read the book. i think i followed most of you girls posts. y'all are pretty passionate about it

i enjoyed the movie. i think i missed out on some of the meanings of some things that were probably more clear in the book.

did the movie end in a way that there will be a sequel?
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
It's a trilogy, so there are two more movies to go with the remaining two books.
Originally Posted by Saria
I heard there will be a total of 4 movies. Harry Potter set a precedent by making the last book two movies. Now everyone is doing it!
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i didn't read the book. i think i followed most of you girls posts. y'all are pretty passionate about it

i enjoyed the movie. i think i missed out on some of the meanings of some things that were probably more clear in the book.

did the movie end in a way that there will be a sequel?
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
It's a trilogy, so there are two more movies to go with the remaining two books.
Originally Posted by Saria
I heard there will be a total of 4 movies. Harry Potter set a precedent by making the last book two movies. Now everyone is doing it!
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Oh, I wasn't sure. I should have said at least two. It would make sense since it wouldn't hurt to expand the last book. Though I wouldn't mind a two-part Catching Fire either.
I've heard that Catching Fire is the one they want to split, possibly at the point of the reaping for the Quarter Quell. Or maybe that's just Jennifer Lawrence's favorite scene and she said she thought that would be a good place to split them. Either way, I am all for splitting the middle one up. Then maybe we can see more of the districts on the Victory Tour!
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Just got back from seeing it a few hours ago. Although I wasn't crazy about the shakiness of the camera, my best friend actually got motion sick and couldn't enjoy the movie much.

I thought the guy who played Peeta did a great job of looking terrified when they called his name at the Reaping. Similarly, I could really feel Katniss' panic as she volunteered to keep Prim from being sent to the games.

What I was unsure of at the end is whether Seneca Crane is going to be in the next movie. It looks like they're killing him off by having the president (I'm assuming) send him the nightlock berries. They did leave it ambiguous so I could be wrong.

I kind of liked the tribute from District One having that realization in the end. It was like he spent his whole life training to be a murderer but actually doing it pushed him over the edge.


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I was definitely impressed by how accurate it was, but I wish they'd put in more about katniss's family, the seam, the hob- I think it would've made the tension between katniss and peeta make much more sense.

Call me shallow, but holy s***, the boy playing cato is hot. I loved his monologue at the end.
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Just got back from seeing it a few hours ago. Although I wasn't crazy about the shakiness of the camera, my best friend actually got motion sick and couldn't enjoy the movie much.

I thought the guy who played Peeta did a great job of looking terrified when they called his name at the Reaping. Similarly, I could really feel Katniss' panic as she volunteered to keep Prim from being sent to the games.

What I was unsure of at the end is whether Seneca Crane is going to be in the next movie. It looks like they're killing him off by having the president (I'm assuming) send him the nightlock berries. They did leave it ambiguous so I could be wrong.

I kind of liked the tribute from District One having that realization in the end. It was like he spent his whole life training to be a murderer but actually doing it pushed him over the edge.


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Originally Posted by Springcurl
Seneca had been assassinated in the second book so I doubt he'll be in the next movie. That scene where they locked him in the room with the berries was brilliant.
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Just got back from seeing it a few hours ago. Although I wasn't crazy about the shakiness of the camera, my best friend actually got motion sick and couldn't enjoy the movie much.

I thought the guy who played Peeta did a great job of looking terrified when they called his name at the Reaping. Similarly, I could really feel Katniss' panic as she volunteered to keep Prim from being sent to the games.

What I was unsure of at the end is whether Seneca Crane is going to be in the next movie. It looks like they're killing him off by having the president (I'm assuming) send him the nightlock berries. They did leave it ambiguous so I could be wrong.

I kind of liked the tribute from District One having that realization in the end. It was like he spent his whole life training to be a murderer but actually doing it pushed him over the edge.


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Originally Posted by Springcurl
Seneca had been assassinated in the second book so I doubt he'll be in the next movie. That scene where they locked him in the room with the berries was brilliant.
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It's been a year since I read the book and I totally forgot that.




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