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The Hunger Games: Another Review

19 Apr

Of the movie, this time.  Go here for the book review.

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I took time out from my little project to go and see The Hunger Games last night.

It wasn’t the worst film I’ve seen.

The casting:

  • Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen…yeah, why not?  Can’t see what the fuss is about her, but she was okay.
  • Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark.  Not bad.  He grew on me, just like Peeta in the book.
  • Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne.  All he had to do was look gorgeous.  What great acting.
  • Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman.  Excellent; but when is he not?
  • Alexander Ludwig as Cato.  Good.  Gave his character a little dimension.
  • Amandla Stenberg as Rue.  Adorable.

I enjoyed the film.  I did.  It stuck to the book – it helped that the author was involved in the script – but…there was something missing.

The certificate meant that the violence was muted.  Fair enough.  But a better director could have shown us the horror of children [tributes] fighting to the death in another way – even a cutaway to the Capitol audience’s gleeful reaction would have helped.  What we were given was hide-and-seek.

The scene with Peeta, Katniss and the bread was mawkish – obligatory rain, anyone? – and failed to show Peeta as he truly is.  0/10 for that one.

Another problem: the tributes are on television the whole time – where was the Capitol audience?  We never saw them.  In the book, they matter; they and the sponsors affect who survives.

The best I can say of it is that it was a faithful rendition of the story, but lacked its tone, its themes, and its heart.

I wouldn’t say don’t watch it: if you haven’t read the book, you’ll probably enjoy it (may the odds be ever in your favour). 

It just didn’t have the energy of the novel.  Not so much The Hunger Games; more The Slightly Peckish Games.

Joke 392

19 Apr
Sonoma's Left Ear

Sonoma's Left Ear (Photo credit: BreckenPool)

Thanks to Pseu for this one.

Did you hear about the man with three ears?

The left ear, the right ear…and then he had space on his forehead for the final front ear.

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