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Movie Review: The Hunger Games

***** BOOK AND MOVIE SPOILERS AHEAD!!! *****

It will be ages before I’ll be able to stop thinking about this movie. Which is exactly how it was when I first read the book. And the second time I read the book. And the third. I have been looking forward to this adaptation for so long, I never thought the date would actually arrive. Every agonizing second spent waiting was worth it in the end. The book is always better than the movie, but this one comes damn close. I have seen when Katniss volunteers as Tribute in Prim’s place over 900 times in the previews and it still makes me bawl like a baby every damn time. Just from THAT, I knew this would be special

If you are looking for a straight movie review, I am afraid I cannot be of service. After loving the book for so many years and reading it so many times, I cannot help but make the comparisons. The movie did not follow the book scene for scene or word for word but I can understand why most of the changes were made. The District 11 rebellion for instance. I am sure that showing that will assist in the following film adaptations. Haymitch’s notes with the parachutes were also new but I think necessary without the gift of Katniss’ inner monologues.

There were of course changes that I can’t quite get behind. I can understand the absence of the character Madge, who was meant to have given Katniss the Mockingjay pin but I am still trying to figure out why Cinna told Katniss to stay quiet about it. Everyone was allowed to take one symbol of their district into the arena in the books. I’m not sure that would have been hard to explain in the movie. I also would have loved to have seen the more united front Katniss & Peeta were instructed to put on, including their matching costumes for the training. Instead, all 24 were dressed alike and they did not stand out as a couple.

Despite the few annoyances, I loved so much of it. I loved the coloring and cinematography they used for District 12. It was so desolate and dirty and sad, exactly how I pictured it. I loved that the people of The Capital were not just pretty people with bright clothes and hair but also strange looking and disturbing to stare at for too long. I loved that we were able to feel Katniss’ solitude and alone-ness even amid the vivid colors and spectacular scenes. I loved that I felt like I was a part of her world, a part of her thoughts, no matter where she was or what she was doing.

The scenes I was most looking forward to seeing on screen were done with the same intensity and perfection I had hoped for with the exception of one. Her ride up the tube and the count down to that first step into the Games was so stressful, I was shaking in anticipation. The brutality of the Cornucopia was beyond what I had ever imagined. I held my breath as Katniss worked for that drop of the Tracker Jacker nest. The hallucinations were done so well, I too felt as if I had been stung. Watching Rue’s death with my own eyes affected me even more than I had ever guessed it would. Hours later the collar of my shirt is still damp with tears. Katniss’ scenes with Peeta in the cave were so lovely that my heart swelled to nearly three times its size. The Mutts scared me so badly that I nearly broke my husband’s arm with my frightened reaction. My one big disappointment was the entrance into the arena: The Girl On Fire. It was so much more impressive in my mind. I can’t even be mad though because it would have been nearly impossible to duplicate what my brain created and everything else was so amazing.

I have been listening to the soundtrack for the film for a few days now. They did a phenomenal job choosing songs and artists that fit the film perfectly. Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars did an incredible job with “Safe & Sound” as did Kid Cudi with “The Ruler and the Killer.”  And while I love almost all of the songs, I was thrilled that the movie itself was not filled with pop songs. It would have felt terribly out of place.

I am so incredibly pleased with the way that this movie turned out. I could write about it and talk about it until I had used every word in the English dictionary. I am looking forward to my second viewing and sharing my second batch of thoughts. The film makers did an extraordinary job maintaining the integrity of an extraordinary novel. I have but one question:

When will it be time for Catching Fire?

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In The Days To Come

For some reason, this Monday thing keeps happening EVERY SINGLE WEEK! It’s relentless and awful but here it is again.

First off, congratulations to the New England Patriots and to all of their fans. Tom Brady was actually pretty endearing yesterday when he admitted his suckitude. I never say nice things about Tom Brady but that was cute. And poor Billy Cundiff. Who wants to be that guy today? Yeesh!

In case you were wondering, I will be supporting my husband and my fellow MassHoles in rooting for the Pats come Superbowl time but I want to make it clear that it does not make me a Pats fan. I’m just a good wife and friend. Good luck team!

Kind of a sad and quiet TV week coming up for me. No new Vampire Diaries, no new Supernatural and One Tree Hill is new but it’s the first one airing without my favorite James Lafferty. I will still be writing my regular recap but I hope to also have a little Love Letter to Nathan Scott ready to go by then so stay tuned for that.

The biggest going-on in TV this week is the Chuck series finale. Listening to star Zach Levi talk about the show coming to an end after its 5th season had me bawling in a San Diego ballroom last summer and  just reading about it in last week’s Entertainment Weekly made me well up with tears. Chuck is such a fun, well done, lovely show and one of the few that my husband and I can enjoy together. I have all the faith in the world that the finale will make me laugh, make me cry, and do justice to a wonderful show. Farewell Chuck Bartowski.

I loaded the last of The Hunger Games books onto my husband’s iPod for him last night. I think this is probably one of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever given him. I think he’s really enjoyed the books, I won’t have to explain them come movie time and it’s been a lot of fun to discuss what’s going on in them when he gets home from work. Also, he is definitely on Team Peeta so it proves how right we are for each other.

Before I let you get on with your Monday, check out some fun things from around the web:

My friend Melissa wrote an amazing blog post about the stigma of online friends. A must read for everyone.

For Parks & Rec fans, if you have not danced with a drunk Ron Swanson yet, YOU MUST DO IT. Funniest thing ever.

And if funny isn’t your thing but you do want to see the cutest thing ever filmed, watch this.

Have a great week y’all!

 

 

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All Joshed Out

So a minute or so ago I was watching TV with the husband and saw a preview for a new movie starring Josh Hutcherson and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The movie, called “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” is a sequel to 2008’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” starring Brendan Fraser and a much younger Josh. My husband and I actually rather enjoyed the first Journey movie. It was visually stunning and I’ve always liked Brendan. This new one doesn’t look terrible either (see the TV spot below) but it does have me worried.

“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” looks like a kiddie movie. Why is this a problem? Seven weeks after “The Mysterious Island” opens, Josh Hutcherson will appear in a movie I have been anticipating for YEARS.

Yes. Years.

Since reading The Hunger Games in the fall of 2008 I have dreamed of seeing it on the big screen. On March 23rd my dreams will become reality when Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen enters the Games with Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta Mellark.

The casting of Josh Hutcherson as the romantic lead created quite the maelstrom of internet fury when it was announced last year. Big fans of the book are still wondering if he can pull it off. I really haven’t worried about it until now. He’s a talented young actor with a great face.

But can starring in a “kiddie movie” just weeks before his leading man debut (in what could be a trilogy of movies following in the financial footsteps of Twilight) be the very best idea? Is there a chance that this movie, with The Rock riding a giant bumble bee, diminish some of the masculine courage needed to pull off the perfect Peeta?

There is a good chance I am worrying about this for no reason. Maybe it will be fine. What do you guys think? Excited to see Josh as Peeta regardless? Not at all convinced he can pull it off? Like me, questioning the timing of these two movies?

Check out the trailers for both below and then sound off in the comments.

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