Movies.com: Fan Site Reactions Friday 30 March, 2012
For her latest Hunger Games Countdown, our friend Perri Nemiroff at Movies.com invited us and several other fan sites to share our reactions to the film and whether or not our expectations were met. Here’s what we had to say!
Savanna of the Hunger Games Fireside Chat
When it comes to book-to-movie adaptations, I have to admit that I’m usually one of those obnoxious “checklist fans.” I watch the movie and get distracted by everything that was left out or changed or added during the transition from page to screen. Because 9 times out of 10, the film suffers as a result. The fact that the scenes in the Hunger Games movie that don’t exist in the book are some of my absolute favorites is, I think, a testament to just how fantastic an adaptation this is. All the new material is, in my opinion, just brilliant: the Gamemaker control room, Haymitch schmoozing to gain sponsors, the conversations in Snow’s rose garden, Cato’s final “speech,” Seneca and the berries at the end, etc. Rather than chip away at the integrity of the book, these moments only enrich this series that we all already love so much.
Lee of The Hob
Finally a movie that lives up to the crazy amount of hype; The Hunger Games does not disappoint! One aspect in particular that I enjoyed was the look of the film; it’s quite visually striking. The Capitol is colorful, the arena verdant and lethal. Gary Ross gives us a wide pallet of color and images. Cinematically, he delivers an almost monochrome vision of the very depressed sections of District 12. It is quite startling when Katniss and Peeta move from the District to the Capitol train. Everything is bright and reflective, and you feel the tone shift just as Katniss and Peeta do.
Crystal of Mockingjay.net & FictionalFood.net
I was too embarrassed to admit my conflicting feelings when I first saw the movie at the Nokia Theater on the 12th, but now that I’ve seen The Hunger Games three times, I don’t feel as bad about saying that my first viewing was a disappointment. I tried going into the movie without an extensive list of expectations, but it was so hard not to. I mean, we’d all been micro analyzing everything on a weekly basis on Hunger Games Fireside Chat, fawning over every little photo, watching the trailer in slow motion – it was bound to happen. My second viewing was extremely different. With all my expectations out of the way, the pace didn’t feel as rushed and I enjoyed the movie so much more. If anyone feels like I did the first time around, I urge you to go again and see if you end up feeling the same way. (Read more of Crystal’s thoughts on the necessity of a second viewing here.)
Tanvi of the Hunger Games Network
There’s just so much to gush about with The Hunger Games, but personally, I loved the focus on the supporting cast. Not just people like Gale or Rue but the ones we only hear of here and there in the books. Seneca Crane is my new favorite character from the series. Like I previously said in this Countdown, his addition was a great one as it displays the politics in Panem so well. The Gamemakers’ control room scenes were really interesting to watch. Caesar Flickerman, too, was delightful. His character was expanded upon so well. And of course, Cato’s final speech. I’ve seen the movie about thrice now and it made me cry each time. It was a tragically beautiful sequence. The first moments at the Cornucopia were absolutely thrilling, and sick to watch and though the violence was cut short, I can live with that. I really appreciate Lionsgate’s decision of sticking to the core issues of The Hunger Games and not turning it into a totally downplayed movie.