No spoilers today so read on.
After months of talking up the book, and hushing the whole entire house every time a preview came on I finally convinced the Husband to take me out on one of those date things to see The Hunger Games movie. Convinced or maybe annoyed, either or, I got to go.
$50,000 dollars later I saw why this was the first time ever we went to see a movie together. (unless you count taking the boy to see Toy Story 3, which was a total waste, because the evil bear thing scared him so much he spent the entire movie hidden in my arms) WTH happened to the days of a movie being a cheap date? Or more so how did I afford to see movies all the time when I was a teen making five bucks an hour?
On to the actual movie. Let’s break this down into pieces.
AWESOME. No complaints, good acting all around. I don’t get the hype at all on the casting. 5 Stars, or thumbs, or bottles of vodka, whichever you prefer.
Versus the Book
Yes the book was better. BUT I didn’t leave feeling the hatred towards the director as I did with Tweenlight. A lot was left out to fill the time requirements, a lot of detail that explains why things are the way they were. Our entire car ride home was spent with me explaining things to the Husband. Only one important thing was changed, and all though it did bother me, I can live with it. I give the director and screen writer 4 stars. They stayed pretty close to the book considering they only had two hours to work with. Read the book first, or at least read the book at some point, you need the whole story.
The Movie Overall.
My biggest complaint, SOMEONE BUY THE DIRECTOR A TRIPOD FOR THE DANG CAMERA. I get the purpose of a free-handed camera. You’re supposed to feel the intensity, feel like you’re there, it’s more dramatic… but gah it gave me a friggen migraine! Between the shaky camera and the blurred scenes I felt like I was having some sort of epileptic fit. Thankfully parts of the movie they allowed your brain to refocus… I only hope they didn’t/don’t film all the films that way. It really, for me, took away from the movie.
The Husband Said
He approved, but didn’t get the hype, and wished he would have downed some aspirin before the movie started (shaky camera, ugh). He was extremely happy that there wasn’t too much mushy stuff or romance cuts, but thought the violence wasn’t much to write home about. After being clued into the whole story he agreed to see the next movies with me. His rating, 3 stars.
I’m glad we went, I liked it, but I wouldn’t pay that much to see it again, I’ll wait for it on DVD. I’m just relieved the book wasn’t ruined by the movie.
And now for the recipe… I haven’t tried this yet as all my plumbing got ripped out this week and I haven’t been home for more than two hours, but these girls never fail…
Enjoy! And Thanks for Stopping In!