Friday, March 23, 2012
First Impression of The Hunger Games Movie
Okay, the bad things. I want to preface this with this statement. I am going to compare this to some other movies from books, but I'm not comparing the actual movie content or quality, just my experience with them in comparison to the books and being familiar with the books. Okay, I feel that they did a Twilight movie mistake in not really putting any of the relationship building between Peeta and Katniss in the movie. If you haven't read the book, you don't really understand the whole "boy with the bread" thing because you don't know how bad off Katniss was, you don't really see what happened to Peeta because of that. Time with Peeta and Katniss in the cave was left out, so we don't get to see how Katniss must play this relationship, or how much she is playing. I still HATE that they left out Madge, the mayor's daughter, the REAL way Katniss gets the Mockingjay pin. We don't know the whole story of what happened to make Katniss even go out and start hunting. And wow, Rue, we don't get all the time she and Katniss spent together and so when she died, I didn't even tear up in the movie, and I was soooo sure I would! I think this experience also compares for me to when I went to see The Lightning Thief movie. Let me assure you that this movie, The Hunger Games, was a really good movie, while The Lightning Thief was horrible. But my comparison here is that I have taught both of these books in my class, and so I have dissected so much about the stories, the symbols, the characters, and I know them in so much detail. So that makes going to see the movie and having so many things left out hard to take. Talking about symbolism, the lessons I got to use with The Hunger Games has a huge activity about all the food in the book, and what it could symbolize and how it fits in with the story. And yet in the movie, none of that. We don't get to hear about what Katniss says she likes most in the Capital, the lamb stew, that gets sent to her and Peeta for a feast in the arena. We don't get to hear Peeta describe all the different breads from the districts, tying in so well to his boy with the bread image. Haymitch doesn't do his dive off the stage at the beginning, such a big part of the book. And Haymitch is just not the drunk he is supposed to be. One last complaint, I'm glad the muttations were there, but I tried looking so close to see that they had the characteristics they were supposed to, and they didn't. Oh yeah, and I think they were trying to keep it to a PG-13 rating, and so the violence was almost completely skipped over, barely in the background.
In conclusion, I will go see it again. I do think they did a good job with the movie for what they did, and I would definitely show it when it is on video for my students to compare a book to a movie and see what they think. I do recommend it, go see it, I did like it!