The Hunger Games – The Movie finally comes….


 

The Hunger Games movie obviously could not have matched up to the book, but it came very close in replicating a lot of detail from it, making it quite a treat to watch for someone who has read and loved the book. To see the physical manifestation of the picture one creates in the mind when reading is one of the reasons why it is always so exciting to watch the movie when you have read the book.

3 things stood out for me.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen of course – perfect casting choice in my opinion. Not the dainty, helpless or staggeringly petite girl one would imagine going by the trend these days – but a very real, grounded, agile, strong girl who completely represents the district she comes from – where life is tough and nothing comes without a fight. And yet, you find her standing out among the crowd.

Stanley Tucci as Caeser Flickerman – I have grown to love this actor from watching him in films like The Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia, Shall We Dance, Maid in Manhattan, Conspiracy, etc. In The Hunger Games – he plays a not so central character with such effect that it seems like many of those scenes would have lost their charm without him. He has a typical quality that speaks so highly of him as an actor that I just enjoy every role he plays and adds that extra something that makes it a memorable one for me.

The other actors like Elizabeth Banks with her over the top fashion style as Effie trinket, or Lenny Kravitz as Cinna are also fairly contributing to the movie – though I think their roles were much more powerful in the book. And the two boys – Josh Hutcherson and Liam Helmsworth were just OK.

The Recreation of the Capitol and the Games Arena is so awesome and spectacular and I am so glad to have seen this movie on the big screen at least once to experience the scale of the sets and effects and the design. I think what really adds to the appeal of this movie is the attention paid to detail. The people of the Capitol, how they dress, the city itself and in comparison District 12 and its own inhabitants. The way the character and feel of the book have been kept intact and reproduced is commendable.

Then there was the game maker’s laboratory – wooo! Sheer Delight!! Really was like a peep into 100s of years from now what a dystopic society would look like. Again, very believable.

So as someone who completely adored the book, and the series – this was a very good attempt indeed. Only maybe the concluding minutes could have been a little more elaborate – coz for those who may not have read the book and especially the series – it would really look like it ended abruptly.

I would give the movie a 7/10 . Sad that there is a controversy about using african americans to play some of the characters like Cinna (District 12’s designer/stylist), Rue and Thresh (Tributes from District 11).

I thought Lenny Kravitz as Cinna and the girl who played Rue were perfect for their parts – did not even realise their non-white status  until I had heard about this controversy.

 

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5 thoughts on “The Hunger Games – The Movie finally comes….

  1. Rishi says:

    It is always veru difficult if not impossible to match the expectation which an epic book like “Hunger Games” create. Recently, the same happened with “The Girl with the DT”. Having said that, I think the sheer guts to make the movies on these kind of books is worth applauding. I completely agree on all 3 points that you have highlighted 🙂 Will love to see the second part ASAP.

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  2. Binny says:

    Yes true, the makers of “the girl with the dragon tattoo” did have a huge challenge in reproducing the book. In my opinion, the two main characters were spot on – but there is only so much you can pack into a 3 hour film.
    I look forward to part 2 of these series eagerly 🙂

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  3. Satya says:

    just desperate to watch dis movie yaar…gonna give my fulll comment only aftr watching this….

    BTW u guys saw the movie “The girl with a dt”‘S swedish version which got released during 2009, I found dat one better dan the english version

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  4. Binny says:

    Yes and I wait for your comments too.

    I watched the swedish version but i thought the english one was still better.
    For one thing – Lisbeth in the swedish version is just outright scary looking – whereas in the english one she is a punk but has that air of vulnerability around her that makes you want to protect her – just like in the book.
    Secondly, i thought the swedish version was jerky, as in not smooth……though the swedish one stuck to the book more closely – i still enjoyed the english version more.
    And lastly, the swedish version killed Blomkvist’s charm completely. Again his character was spot on when played by Daniel Craig – the swedish guy looked like a uncle! (and I wasn’t a Daniel Craig fan before this).
    I am wondering why I didnt review this movie – when it was the most awaited film for me! 🙂

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    • Satya says:

      Hmm… I liked the swedish version more coz f the cinematography & the castle where they shot..it was almost similar to the description in book….and yes of course its more close to the book…However I dint like the other two movies in the Swedish version. What you told about Lisbeth is right the vulnerability was missing in d “S” version as the Noomi Repace looks like a real time agent …but she really won a hell lot of awards for dat role yaar… Blomkvist in d swedish version(i dnt knw his name) but looks like a journalist who is a reputed editor in chief…Daniel Craig looks too young in dat but yeah he was spot on with his role…m too looking for that next volume…:)

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