Hunger Games movie (spoilers)

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Read in the paper today that parents are angry about the violence and saying it isn't suitable for kids. I'm seeing it on Friday so I can't comment (yet) but I wonder what they expected - did they not read the synopsis for the film? Its about a group of kids of get put into an arena to kill each other - did they really not think there would be any violence involved?
Originally Posted by kat180
And they obviously did not read the books. Jeeez!!


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Read in the paper today that parents are angry about the violence and saying it isn't suitable for kids. I'm seeing it on Friday so I can't comment (yet) but I wonder what they expected - did they not read the synopsis for the film? Its about a group of kids of get put into an arena to kill each other - did they really not think there would be any violence involved?
Originally Posted by kat180
And they obviously did not read the books. Jeeez!!


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Originally Posted by xcptnl
Seriously! The books are much more violent.


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So my fiddle teacher posted a bad review of the movie, 1. citing the lack of art and music which to him always exists even in the most downtrodden and oppressed of societies and 2. he doesn't like how emotionally detached Katniss is. I still don't know if he had read the book but I couldn't help but respond.

Of course Katniss is emotionally detached from most of the world - but it made me realize they didn't really explain it that well in the movie. Yes she yells at her mom about not shutting down and they have the flashback scene in the mines but they don't really make it clear that was her dad or why losing him affected her so much and how she internalized the differences between her and her dad and her mom and Prim. Katniss is the classic protector. She protects those she cares about and her sense of self is wrapped up in her ability to do so. She may not be able to identify just how she cares for some of those people (Peeta, Gale) but she's gonna do her best to protect them.

I need to read the books again and watch this film again.
I went to see it again today. This time, I went with a full stomach, so the camera work didn't bother me so much.

I liked it again on a second viewing. I knew what was coming so I could just think more about the movie and Panem politics that Sutherland played so well.


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DH and I took our son and some of his friends today (they are all 15 or so) for son's b'day. We all enjoyed the movie, although we hoped for more background on some things that would have made things more clear for those who didn't read the book (like DH).

I think Josh Hutcherson nailed Peeta! When I found out he was cast, I could totally picture him in the role. But I've always enjoyed his movies and watching him grow to a fine young actor.

Not enough of sweet Rue. That actress was adorable! Just what I'd pictured too.

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I took DD and her friend (both 11) and didn't think there was too much violence at all. I read the books so I was actually expecting more. The girls loved it.


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Can someone explain the motion sickness thing. I do not have that issue but want to make sure I am prepared . Just in case. Did it bother people who are prone to this or even those who were not??

I tried to see it yesterday but it was sold out. We will try again Friday for the earlier show.


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There was a few scenes that made me queasy - the very first few minutes bothered me - Katniss is heading towards the woods, and it's hand-held camera stuff, but it was only for a few minutes.

The reaping also made me a little sick, as well as the tracker jackers, but otherwise, the movie was fine for me.

I am prone to motion-sickness at the movies, so I try to get a seat in the back and a cold drink or cup of ice.

((Spoiler)) The only thing that bothered me was Peeta's leg at the end - he almost dies from that wound in the book! Are they just taking that whole part out?
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I enjoyed the movie - think one of the most faithful adaptations I've seen actually.

Not sure what the complaints about the violence were about - you barely saw anything (if anything I'd argue it was toned down little too much - the true horror of the games was a little lost I felt). The hybrid dogs weren't scary at all and I'd say that's the only thing that disappointed me - Id didn't feel like the games were as dangerous or deadly as the books. Rues death was ok - but didn't quite hit the mark.

I really disliked the shaky camera - but it didn't make me feel sick and was only for a few scenes.

I felt it wasn't quite as dramatic as it could have been but other than that I cannot think of anything to complain about I know some people were disappointed by the lack of chemistry between Katniss and Peeta - I agree there wasn't any chemistry there, however, there really isn't a lot of romance in the books (which is why the whole team Gale/team Peeta thing is a little strange) and book one especially doesn't have much romance - seeing how Katniss is play acting for the cameras. So in that sense - I'd say their scenes were just right.
Can someone explain the motion sickness thing. I do not have that issue but want to make sure I am prepared . Just in case. Did it bother people who are prone to this or even those who were not??

I tried to see it yesterday but it was sold out. We will try again Friday for the earlier show.


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Originally Posted by xcptnl
I get sick on rides that go in circles, and am prone to motion sickness if I'm in the backseat of a car for too long.

That being said, this was my first time being motion sick at a movie. The reaping and tracker jacker scenes had shaky camera action that made me nauseous.

But, I went to my first viewing on an empty stomach. The second time, I went directly after eating and didn't have a problem.


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I've never gotten motion sick at a movie, but I am prone to motion sickness. Like RCC, an empty stomach will do me in.
I feel part of it was the bad seats, but the camera during the reaping and tracker jacker scenes was disorienting.
Read in the paper today that parents are angry about the violence and saying it isn't suitable for kids. I'm seeing it on Friday so I can't comment (yet) but I wonder what they expected - did they not read the synopsis for the film? Its about a group of kids of get put into an arena to kill each other - did they really not think there would be any violence involved?
Originally Posted by kat180
And they obviously did not read the books. Jeeez!!


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Originally Posted by xcptnl
Seriously! The books are much more violent.


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Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Also, the movie is rated PG-13 and 13/14/15 is around the time that kids start going to high school and get assigned to read books like "Lord of the Flies" much more violent in my opinion and even worse because the kids do it by their own choice and not because they are being forced to by power hungry adults.
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I found out from my friend what the scene was. Something about how the only district that was majority Black in the movie had a riot and she didn't like how they were the only people who reacted that way - she felt it was unnecessarily stereotypical.

Her whole description of the plot sounded so silly. Not into seeing this one.
Originally Posted by Amneris
District 11 is the first district to riot. It just doesn't happen in the first book, but the second. And it happens for good reason.
If you aren't into the movie, it's cool, but I wouldn't write it off based on one person's opinion. My friends who hasn't read the books loved the movie and one is now reading the books and loves them, too.
Thanks for the info on the camera issue. I am not prone to motion sickness so I think I will be ok.

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Can someone explain the motion sickness thing. I do not have that issue but want to make sure I am prepared . Just in case. Did it bother people who are prone to this or even those who were not??

I tried to see it yesterday but it was sold out. We will try again Friday for the earlier show.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
Thanks for the info on the camera issue. I am not prone to motion sickness so I think I will be ok.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
You should be fine then. I can't do spinning rides anymore, and I cannot watch movies in 3D because I get nauseous, but nothing in this movie bothered me at all.

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I finally was able to go see this a couple of days ago. Not much to add but I did love Peeta. When I first saw who was cast as his character, I was not too excited but he was perfect.

I love Jennifer Lawrence. I was really excited when I first saw a preview and saw she was Katniss. I totally imagined her while I was reading the book but probably because I had seen Winter's Bone not too long before I read the HG books.

I thought Gale was not hot enough. Reading the book, I imagined him as being much better looking. I was very disappointed to see him in the movie. It made me shift from wanting Katniss to be with him to being with Peeta.

I am not generally a Lenny Kravitz fan. I think he is good looking but that is about it and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I loved him as Cinna. Haymitch was fine but not nearly as drunk as I thought he should be.

I know it is a movie that can only be so long but I felt like the movie rushed through a lot of things as far as story/character development. To be expected but when my husband asked if he would like it, I told him I didn't think so. I feel like it might just be too odd without more explanation of some parts. Maybe I'm wrong since others who have not read the books liked it.
I went to see Hunger Games for the second time yesterday, and I would say my overwhelming sense from the movie was one of love. Despite being a story about children forced to kill each other, what really stood out for me was the things the characters did for each other as a testament to their true character. I thought it was an excellent adaptation of a so-so book.
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