I just got home from The Hunger Games and I’m telling you it was so legit! Overall I think this movie was great, but as it’s late (or early, I guess) I’m going to lay it out real simple style with a few goods and a few bads.
- Costumes: Sooooo well done. Effie Trinket was totally on point with her over-the-top style, and Cinna had the crisp look I pictured from the books. And when the kids from District 12 came out on Reaping Day–get out of town! The grittiness of their skin and hair coupled with the total “Sunday Best” vibe of their clothes made it feel so authentic.
- Setting: Another A+ for me on this one. The opening scene had a real Appalachian vibe which was exactly how I pictured things in the book. The Capitol was more of the same with its lavish meals, stylish decorating, and cutting-edge tech. Then the Arena! Could they have done it any better? It totally had a nature vibe to it until the sky turned into a plasma screen TV and fireballs shot out of nowhere.
- Sticking to the book: This was mostly good. I totally get how they had to drop away from the first person perspective in the books and I think they did a great job using the varied perspective to give the non-fanboys in the audience some details about the world Hunger Games universe. The little anchorman scenes where Caesar Flickerman drops the knowledge about stuff like tracker jackers are a legit example of what I mean. Also, the opening scene in the cornucopia was SO GOOD! Except for one thing–why was the cornucopia this polished steel monster instead of gold and hear to climb?
- Characters: Lord knows I’m not all for people starving themselves, but I when I pictured the kids from the books I saw them as straight up gaunt, know what I mean? I thought that everybody in District 12 looked waaaaaay too well-fed. Then there were the other tributes–“fox face,” who had a much too round face to be even close to foxy, and Thresh, the other tribute from District 11 who was much smaller than anything I pictured. I remember reading the book and thinking he was going to be like a dark-skinned version of Lenny from Of Mice and Men.
- Relationships: I thought they could have done a better job letting us know how much Rue meant to Katniss. Maybe they should have mentioned how much Rue reminded her of Prim? I don’t know. Just a thought. Also, I think they could have shown how much of the whole star-crossed lover thing was thanks to Haymich and Cinna. Sure, Peeta did his part in it, but I always felt that Haymich was the source for a lot of that tension building up.
- Timeline: I get that they needed to give ample time to the games, but I really felt like they could have given us more time in the Capitol of Katniss and Peeta. I thought they missed so much by leaving out how close they got, you know? Without more time in the Capitol I thought the scene in the arena where Katniss gets all compassionate for Peeta’s super jacked leg was sort of lame. I was like, “Where did that come from?” I know they tried to establish the relationship with the flashbacks to the bakery, but I think they could have done a better job of it.
Seeing as it’s 3:45 AM, that’s all I’ve got for now. I’ve got to hit the sack (it’s not going to hit itself, is it?) and I don’t do well without enough sleep. I’m definitely going to be talking about this movie in the weeks to come so more later.