Our Initial Reactions to the Movie Friday 16 March, 2012
We’ll be publishing a full review of the movie next week with more detailed commentary on the acting, new and missing scenes, the music, direction, cinematography, etc. Until then, we wanted to provide you with our early, spoiler-free reactions:
Adam: When I entered the Nokia Theater dressed in several months of heart-palpitating anticipation, I thought I knew what to expect. After a deluge of trailers, teasers, TV spots, stills, companion books, interviews, fan commentary, Lionsgate press releases — we were exposed to it all, and surely those tiny flames would weld together like well-crafted jigsaw pieces into a puzzle we had already envisioned. What I never imagined is how those little specks could be so camouflaging, and that hidden beneath a mountain of brilliantly marketed bread and fire was a multi-layered volcano of molten rock and extraordinary depth. It spewed lava into my soul and scorched me deep within, so that what was once a collection of glittering parts became an emotional end to a journey well worth taking, and worth reliving many times over.
Savanna: I’m actually glad I waited a couple of days to write this, because my knee-jerk reaction to the film was so “oh my god, this is beautiful and brilliant and perfect” that I doubt most of you would have believed me. No book-to-movie adaptation is ever 100% satisfying; no movie surrounded by this much hype and scrutiny and analysis (on the part of the fans — including me) could possibly be that flawless. Yet here I am, four days later, just as happy with this product that we’ve all been anticipating for a year. Can I imagine a truer, more faithful adaptation of the book? No. Not unless it was six to eight hours long. Were a lot of small changes/deletions/additions made during the transition from page to screen? Yes — and some of them surprised me — but they were all essential and amazing. In fact — and this may come as a shock to some — my favorite scene in the film is one that doesn’t exist ANYWHERE in the book. Gary Ross and all those involved in the creation of this movie have managed to capture the tone and the heart and the courageous spirit of Suzanne Collins’ story to an extent that I never thought possible (but sincerely hoped for). I laughed, I cried, I was torn apart and pieced back together again. I have never seen a movie like The Hunger Games before, and I’ve seen a LOT of movies; this is the kind of movie that has the power to change both Hollywood and the world. And I think it will.
As you can tell, we loved it to say the least. We cannot WAIT for you to see this cinematic masterpiece. Keep an eye out for our full review!
Some other things that might interest you:
– Our pictures and video from world premiere weekend in L.A.
– Our live video Ustream from L.A.
– Reactions from our friends: Mockingjay.net, Welcome to District 12