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HUNGER GAMES

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 24, 2012, 9:14 PM


(Inappropriate journal header but whatever)

I just saw it. I loved it. It was so much better adapted than the Harry Potter movies were! Granted this story was much easier to water down than Harry Potter, but I'm not really here to make comparisons.

So here are things I liked:
• They did a great job of juxtaposing District 12 with the futuristic technology and styling of the Capitol. Jennifer and Josh were great together, and Liam did a good job of giving longing gazes. I thought they were gonna give him a bigger role? Idk what happened, but I was glad they stayed so true to the book.
• I loved the scene they added with Rue stealing Cato's knife in training! God she was so precious and even though I had accepted her death I kept praying that she would stay alive somehow.
• I also loved the additional scenes with Snow and Seneca Crane, where they gave more insight into the motivation to have a winner, which placed more emphasis on why Katniss' double suicide plan was successful. I loved all the gamemaker scenes (although whoa, those fireballs were a bit larger than apples.)
• I'm glad they didn't overdo the kissing, we got one big kiss and that was enough tbh. And I got my Gale reaction shot, yay.
• I loved Thresh and Foxface… Thresh was pretty much 100% how I saw him in the books… I wanted to know how he died though! Did the Mutts get him or was it Cato?
• Also Stanley Tucci was fantastic. (Even though I always pictured Ceasar as a blue haired Anil Kapoor, he was great.)

Things I didn't like:
• I'm not sure how I feel about them making the Careers a bit meaner… like Glimmer mocking that girl's death, ew. I guess it's so we don't feel as sorry when they die, but I would've preferred them making more sympathetic… well they did that with Cato, so I guess it's all good.
• We weren't given anything on how the Mockingjays are a symbol of rebellion, I don't think… they'll do more on it later probably.
• The ending could've been better. I think everyone can agree on that. We don't really knows where Katniss and Peeta stand at the end.

Pretty minor complaints… overall it was fantastic and I can't wait for Catching Fire.



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RGzer0 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
I was planning on watching that, and I checked out the books from the library, but then I read Mockingjay and withdrew from the fandom entirely. It's an engaging story and I respect its popularity, but it's written at far too low a level IMHO, and it didn't offer me anything that compelled me to want to read it again.
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CrazyPuppy445 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Oh at the end of the book it's like that too but also the careers they did that in the book too but I also agree my dad took me to see it I was so relieved when they didn't kiss as much as it was in the book also the sad truth is the People in-charge of making the movies don't think catching fire was important so they are combining it with Mocking jay and I am sort of surprised you weren't mad about Madge being cut out becase she is very important and without her there is no "Male"
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thecoolgeek18 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
:D agree
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FluffySpiderz Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes I totally agree! The movie was awesome (the book was still better but that's normal) I get a huge kick out of the seneca crane's beard meme that sprung from the movie too.

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sammygreen066 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I thought the book was better
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Marqueza Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
I don't think Katniss and Peeta know where they stand at the end of the movie or the book
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pewerell Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
i don't know , i always saw ceasar as a blue haired Ryan Seacrest. Anil Kapoor is too serious an actor.
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VlAdToDrUlZzZ Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
yea the ending was pretty crap and because i went with my sister and her friends they were all asking me what happens i the other books. but we all thought the ending was bad and i just cant wait for the other movies!
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Venusthecat32 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You pretty much summed up what I thought :D
Some other things that I disliked though:
- they showed peeta getting his foot bitten but they didn't show what happened to it.... aka the fake foot. I thought it was funny they did one but not the other, y'know?
- they didn't really show president snow's trademark enough... But I guess they can add that in later.

Other than those I agree with you completely :)
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Hazel-Sage Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
I thought it was a fabulous movie adaptation! And oddly enough the one thing that bothered me was that they didn't mention President Snow smelling like blood and roses... I know it would be incredibly difficult to have in the movie because that's basically impossible unless someone says it out loud and they did a good job hinting because they showed President Snow so much in the rose garden, but I don't know, I just thought that was a super interesting part of the book and I wanted them to address it!
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ElfishPirate Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
I thought it was adapted fantastically! I can completely understand Madge being cut out and for the people complaining about her backpack not being orange, come *on*. I also, even though she didn't sing before, they had her singing the same song to Prim and Rue which really drove the point home that Katniss thought of her as a little sister, that Rue reminded her of Prim so much.
I loved all the 'behind the scenes' moments with the Gamemakers and Ceasar, such a clever way to explain how things work in the Hunger Games.
The only thing I really missed was that whole 'Katniss was mainly doing it to survive even though some very real feelings for Peeta are creeping in'/'Peeta was 100% not acting'. I think that's an extremely important point in particular because they're so akward in the next book, in the beginning. People who didn't read the books didn't recieve that message as strongly while in the book, Peeta's understandably pretty hurt.
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penang16girl Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
I think they really should have added more of Katniss' struggle. It seemed like the whole thing was just a bit to easy for her. I don't know... just my thoughts. I did like it though, but I agree the end was a bit disappointing. Also (not that this really has to do with the movie) I went to the midnight primer, and you'd think that was where all the die-hard fans would be. No. Not at all. There were people there who hadn't even read the freakin' book. Call me anal but really... also, the part where *spoiler* Rue died, I really liked, they did it really well (though they didn't really get the whole song in, but it was still good). My three friends and I saluted when they showed the rest of the district doing so, not many other people in the theater did though (another bit of disappointment from the fan side of things). But all in all, a pretty good movie...
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Loloflorio Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i was a little disappointed with minor details that people who didn't read the book would need to understand. but i agree pretty much 100 percent with you! i loved the movie!
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Scottie-Bailey Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I totally agree with everything you've stated. I had similar complaints and praises. I can't wait for the other movies! THey didn't screw up another book to movie transition and I am so thankful!
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Red-Envy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
so...there's gonna be hunger's fanart..right ;)?
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julvett Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
YES
I'm midway through one right now
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free-feather Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I was really looking forward to the bread bun from district 11. There was some mention of it in magazine article, guess they decided to cut that scene. I knew they had cut Madge, but I was still sad that she wasn't in the movie. Othere then that I quite enjoyed the movie, think they did as well as they could have with a book adaptation.
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Ktwins08 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist
I hate how all of my friends were all, "Oh I hate this I'm SOOOOOOO disappointed!" I loved it so much, even though there were some slight differences. I wish they would just concentrate on the story and actors overall, y' know?
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Hazel-Sage Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Really? I didn't know anybody who didn't like it! I heard a rumor of one person, but everyone I heard enjoyed it!
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Ktwins08 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Ravenclaw's forever, bro! Also, my friends are derps.
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Hazel-Sage Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
It's okay, everyone can be a little derpy sometimes :P
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askylum Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The one thing that bugged me the most was the muttations at the end. Like literally I was sitting in my seat terrified, knowing they were coming, and I was positive I was going to have nightmares once I saw their human eyes. But then bam that didn't happen! DDD:
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julvett Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Yeah I was kinda disappointed about that. I guess it wasn't in the budget :(
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kbtweet Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I AGREE. I loved how they portrayed Haymitch! Willow Shield's performance as Prim surprised me the most. She was so good.
The Cato and Glimmer stuff was weird though. I guess they thought Alexander and Leven had a bit of chemistry but.. meh. It was weird.
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susan-p Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
i totally agree with that all. it really was a great movie :)
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Blossom-Storm Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Squeee! I'm going to see it today! ^^ Can't wait!
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julvett Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Ooh nice have fun! :D
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MademoiselleMeg Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
I loved the bit where Rue's district reacts to her death--the scene where her father flipped the hell out and all all hell broke loose was just epic.

Catching Fire is going to kick so much ass. I can't wait!
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julvett Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Oh I didn't realize that was Rue's dad! I need to watch it again!
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MademoiselleMeg Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I don't think it's possible to watch it enough times. ;)
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TwitchiMe Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed
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drizzling-blood Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
I don't think that the Mockingjay becomes a symbol for the rebellion until the second book. The first one is really just to introduce the main characters and the situation.
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oOtsukisanOo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
I think the careers a bit meaner at the beginning when they kill the girl with the campfire was good. Glimmer screaming "Mine! Mine!!" Was just silly and a bit overdone though. I started seeing the careers as the seagulls from finding nemo... That was totally not how i pictured snow or the cornucopia, and i think Rue should've gotten a little more time. The part with Rue felt kind of rushed and forgotten. I was a little annoyed that they didn't do the whole Mutts + Dead tributes thing, and I'm pretty sure it was the Mutts that got Thresh. I'm really counting on the second movie to focus more on the mockingjay as the symbol, but i really really loved the scene at the end with Seneca, though now i wonder if he starved or if he just took the Berries.
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GreetingsFromHell Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I loved it! I thought they did an amazing job sticking to the books and every one of the actors looked the way I imagined the characters.
I didn't like the way they made Rue's lullaby sound though... It was better in my head.
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turtles08 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Heh heh. The Careers were all "Woo! We found her!" and they were laughing and joking around like it wasn't a big deal. >o<
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Ktwins08 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist
SISTER.
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agoraphobicSunshine Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
I re-read all the books again before seeing the film yesterday.

As horrible as it is, Clove did gloat about Rue's death in the book and that was (half - since he was obviously trying to win the games) the reason why Thresh attacked her so violently and why (after Clove mentioned Katniss had been her ally) he let Katniss go that once.

The Mockingjay doesn't become a symbol of rebellion until Catching Fire, or at least Katniss doesn't realise it is until then.

In the books there's also this big thing at the beginning about how Katniss doesn't sing because it reminds her of her father. So when she was singing to Prim in the beginning that was techinically incorrect and ruined the impact of Katniss singing to Rue.

The camera was a little too jumpy the whole way through for me but on the whole I thought I was a very good interpretation of the film. Since most of the book is Katniss' mental reflection (eg her playing up the Peeta relationship for the Capitol - though I think they handled that well with Haymitch's notes) I can imagine how hard it must have been to adapt it into a film. They didn't miss any important bits out and kept the violence in.

Can't wait for the DVD to come out!
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askylum Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think part of the reason the camera was so jumpy (not really in the beginning, I think that's more to show the distress of the District) was to keep it so we didn't see too much of the gore. After all, they did have to keep it PG-13.
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agoraphobicSunshine Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
I think it was good on the gore scenes as it did hide it a little, but it also added to the atmosphere of it. All I meant by that is that the camera was jumpy throughout most of the film and ended up spoiling the effect that it would've had if it had been used less.

Still a brilliant film though, and I can't wait until I can buy it :D
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solistice21 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist
omgomgomgomg!!!! seeing it wednesday with friends. cant wait:)
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AmeliaElves Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree! I think the end was a bit hurried, so those who haven't read the book may be a little confused(I would be).
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Yukihikari-chan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It was INCREDIBLY amazing! I loved how they didn't butcher it and how it stayed true to the book. I was just minorly disappointed that their chariot outfits weren't as magnificent as it was decribed in the book, they just seemed a bit lackluster. But overall it was AMAZING!
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dreamingoflight Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student Writer
eh. i was a bit disappointed. but i liked it nonetheless
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Suzie-Guru Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
I was really pleased with how they adapted it too - with the Harry Potter movies, I had accepted that there just wasn't enough time to explain every little thing, but sometimes they just left out some key scenes from the book (the entirety of Snape's memory, for one thing =/), or scenes that I was really looking forward to seeing on the silver screen. But, I digress...

I freaking *loved* how well they handled Peeta and Katniss - we really cared for her and her situation, and Peeta was just such a sweetheart. That being said, I too wish that more attention had been paid to the ending. We never get to see when she reveals that it was all a ploy( OR WAS IT???). I hate saying it, but I wanted to see Peeta handle that heartbreak.

You know, I had no freaking clue that Stanley Tucci was in the movie? Seriously, none at all. I think that really says a lot about an actor when he can just kinda seamlessly go from one role to another and really make you believe that he *is* that character.

I also wish that there was more sympathy and scenes for the other tributes - but it's Kat's story, so it makes sense that they didn't.
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Zephyrra Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally, 100% agree. It was AMAZING. And Rue... I sobbed when she died. And I am NOT a big crier in movies. And I especially loved that scene at the end with Seneca and the berries... kind of a karma implication, and I loved it. It really added to the sickness of the Capitol and definitely set a good stage for Catching Fire.
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LookForOwls Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved how mean the careers were. My favorite scene was were Thresh bashed Clove's head in. EPIC. I was really worried they'd water down the voilence but they didn't :D. The only thing I didn't like was the girl next to me with a candy shop in her purse that cried super loud over Rue's death, for at least 30 minutes.
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Deborahs-Conscience Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
YES! i always end up agreeing with your reviews. I thought the scenes with Snow and Seneca were amazing additions to show what is happening outside the arena and the pressure put on Seneca. His beard was fab! I suppose, with the Careers, that its like teens when they talk to their friends, trying to be greater or meaner then they really are...except Clove, who really was an evil bitch.
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isinsuu Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
does. anyone. remember. peeta's AMPUTATED LEG?
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Deborahs-Conscience Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
i know! but, really, its not a huge deal in the plot. It's barely mentioned in the novels then suddenly you remember he's suppose to have a fake leg. :/
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GothicQueenie Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student General Artist
But before the Mockingjay wasn't the symbol if the rebellion. It was only like that because of Katniss.
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