Ok, so you’ve all seen it by now…right? If not, why are you on the computer when you should be at the theater watching the film in your HG finery? Like this:
For everyone else, I know you saw it. I know you loved it because it was totally and completely spazzworthy to 1) see such an epic YA book turned into such a fantastic non-Twilightesque film and 2) to know that this continues to open doors (doors helped along by the success of a certain crappy sparkly vampire movie franchise) to other hopefully amazing YA book to film adaptations.
More than anything, I hope this film makes people pick up this series and read. Read it for the first time, read it again–whatever.
To me, a big part of why I loved this movie was the supremely perfect casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. She was amazeballs. Absolutely awesome.
As far as the guys…well, I know that everyone is in love with Peeta (even me, a total Team Gale girl, thinks Peeta is truly swoonworthy). And it’s hard because Josh Hutcherson isn’t some serious stud, but I thought he captured that balance of softness and bravery that Peeta has. He may not be the way we all pictured him, but Collins never really makes him out to be some hottie. (Also, in case you were wondering, my husband is staunchly Team Peeta and says that outside of his shortness, Hutcherson is exactly how he’d pictured his Peeta. Y’all, we’ve discussed it at length. I’m serious).
While I’ve never been thrilled with the casting of my man Gale, there is so little of him in this film that it’s hard to form much of an opinion. I’m sure he’ll be fine (not fiiiiine, but you know, okay).
And then there were the Capitol peeps. I loved everything about the Capitol: the colors, the costumes, the behind the scenes of the games (which was such a brilliant way to explain things like the trackerjackers). Effie and Caesar were great and I loved the extra scenes with Seneca and Snow. Donald Sutherland gave Snow such a pure, understated sense of evil (not as in your face as I would have thought) and that made him even scarier.
I also think they really nailed that relationship with Cinna and Katniss (okay, and it doesn’t hurt that Lenny Kravitz is all kinds of hot), but I really felt that element was well-done.
I’m not among the ranks who feel that the film wasn’t violent enough. I thought it hit the right note. As I remember it in the book, Katniss is hearing about many of the deaths through the cannon blasts. So, while I always thought that the idea behind the story is terribly grotesque, the details were never too much. In the same way, I thought the film showed some great action and real brutality without going for too much gore. That being said, I encouraged my ten year-old to read the series (which she did and loved), but I thought she wasn’t quite ready for the movie. That’s just me though.
My only two complaints are very small: First, I thought Haymitch should have been darker. Woody Harrelson did great with the funnier aspects of his character, but he never came across quite as wounded as I’ve always pictured Haymitch. And last (this is a minor one), I wonder why the mutant dogs at the cornucopia didn’t have the faces of the dead tributes. Maybe it would have come off as cheesy? Who knows, but it totally impacted me when I read the book. It would have been pretty stellar to have seen it.
So…what did you guy think?