Saturday, 31 March 2012

On the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games!


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[Not sure if this is a completely spoiler-free post. If you haven't read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or watched the movie... read at your own risk]

I finally got to watch The Hunger Games! I know, I'm a week late compared to everyone else but I'm so glad I went despite exams and everything. It was AMAZING! Definitely one of the best book-to-movie adaptations ever! I have no qualms in gushing about it for the rest of this post because it deserves that much and more. I heard such good things about the movie and it still managed to exceed my already high expectations!

Before watching the movie, I was a little dissatisfied by the casting but while watching the movie, it was clear that the casting was perfect! Everyone did justice to their roles. I'd imagined Haymitch differently but now I can totally accept and even love the movie Haymitch! Seneca Crane's beard was absolute brilliance and I loved the "And this is all good television" feel that was present throughout the movie, if you get what I mean.

At the same time, parts of the book like Katniss volunteering to take Prim's place in the Hunger Games and Peeta talking about his mother saying District 12 would have a victor for the first time (and not meaning him) were portrayed in such a heart wrenching way. The movie didn't just manage to avoid skipping any important parts- it also gave several scenes in the book more depth!

As for the boys... Josh Hutcherson (who plays Peeta) was perfect. Again, I had my doubts before watching the movie but as soon as I did, I was blown away! I also loved the portrayal of Gale in the movie, especially towards the end when he watches Katniss return a victor while carrying Primrose. To me, that is Gale: home.


I was left gasping at:

The Arena!
Capitol City!
Capitol fashion! So brilliant!

Parts that had me sobbing involved:


(I don't have the right pictures. But it involved scenes with these characters!)


+ this exact part
This scene was exactly as I'd pictured it while reading the book:

Cato had one of the most poignant lines and the final conversation between Katniss and Peeta tugged at my heartstrings. I did not want the movie to get over. I wished Catching Fire would magically start playing right after the closing credits!

bottomline

If you haven't watched the movie yet, it's about time you did! You cannot wait till it comes out in DVD. Seriously, you have to go watch it now! If you haven't read the books yet, it's the right time to give it a try because you have this super-brilliant movie adaptation to watch right after!!

6 comments:

  1. My parents are coming next week for ten days! Yeah babysitters. This is on my to do list. Your pictures got me excited. Can't wait!

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  2. I am planning to watch this one. Lot of good reviews it has received!

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  3. I have yet to watch the Hunger Games.
    I have no idea when it'll be released over here, but I sure know that I'll be dashing to watch it the day it's released!
    I'm so glad you liked it!
    I've heard nothing but good things about the movie from those who loved the books!
    Can't wait ! :)

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  4. Love the review, Ajoop! Your photos just make me smile all over again! Hunger Games movie are AMAZING, who knows that the casts can play the characters so wonderfully? I just hope that I can watch Catching Fire now! xD

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  5. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!! A week later or not, I'm so happy that you finally got to watch The Hunger Games movie, Ajoop! And I agree with everything you said -- the actors were perfect, the Capitol was so cool, the Capitol fashion was so CRAZY, and it was just an overall amazing movie! :)

    Fantastic movie review, Ajoop! Maybe if we both crossed out fingers, Catching Fire would come out an entire year early? x) LOL! <3

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  6. @Heidi Oh, I can't wait for you to watch The Hunger Games :D It's the awesomest adaptation of the book! Hope you think so too! Waiting for your reaction :D

    @Harish Yayy! Hope you like it xD

    @Nick Ah, it's awesome. Hope you get to watch it soon XD

    @Hilda I knoow. I'm waiting for Catching Fire already x)

    @Mimi :D The Capitol fashion was craaaazy. I wanted to be a part of it so badly! The Capitol fashion and stuff, I mean. LOL, if only we could do something to make it come out early! xD

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