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Is going to see The Hunger Games worth it?
I think it would be logical to give myself a little more time to calm down after watching The Hunger Games before I start to write about it, however, I just can't wait. I think that should give you an indication as to where I am going with this!
About 6 hours ago, I finally went to see The Hunger Games. I had been meaning to go and see it since it came out, but something always got in the way. You should note, I had read all three books before seeing the film, so I already had what I felt to be a connection to the characters(!). This certainly made the deaths all the more harrowing.
Now, before watching the film, many I had spoken to hadn't seemed overly enthusiastic, but they were nether the less pleased with it. I am always the cynical one, and don't often hold high expectations for anything.. this was no exception. I went, bearing in mind all the things they were definitely not going to include (which I knew from actually stumbling across spoilers online). I have to say, it definitely improved as the film went on. To start with, it just didn't have the wow factor.. it didn't seem to have the same impact as the book. However, as parts of the traielr started creeping in.. like Katniss volunteering as tribute, the emotions I experienced from the trailer came flooding back to me! I was in tears by the reaping, which really wasn't far into the film at all.
I have to say, knowing what happened kind of takes away from the atmosphere a little, but for me this suited; I don't think I could have coped with the anticipation otherwise! I think it did me well to have an idea of what was coming up. The film was rated a 12A so the violence wasn't overwhelming. I preferred it this way, personally, as it left a lot to the imagination, and speaking for myself this is sufficient to create the full picture!! I am not a fan of blood and gore. For my brother however, this was a little disappointing, and he thinks it took away from the atmosphere and made it impossible to show the true brutality of the hunger games. I believe he has a point here; the principal behind the hunger games is sick... and unimagineable to us in our society now, but not seeing the violence does result in the shock factor being a little diminished.
Now.. Rue's death. Well. to start with, the atmosphere didn't seem right to me.. it wasn't dramatic or harrowing enough. Maybe that is because I knew what would happen, or maybe not; I will never be sure. However, when Katniss started to sing, and, staying true to the book, placed flowers around Rue, this set me off. Then, when Katniss, the generally hard faced, composed girl, started to cry, this really tugged on my heart strings! When Rue's death was played on the screen to her district, and they saluted to Katniss as a sign of respect.. this was the final straw. I was sobbing like a baby! To add to that, the reaction from the man who I presume to be Rue's dad really emphasised the reality of the impact of the deaths of the tributes. Let's just say I was an emotional wreck by the end of that scene!
Staying true to a normal film review, and myself(!),I am going to have to be a little critical. Obviously, if the opportunities were endless, I would have made sure the avoxes were included.. I was a little disappointed in their absence. I would have also liked it if the mockingjay pin had been given more significance, as that could have been a really special touch the story; it felt almost like it was there because it had to be. Oh, and I would have definitely included Cinna more.. but hey, I think that is a personal preference.
I think the relationship between Prim and Katniss wasn't given enough emphasis. It wasn't given enough screen time to show the development, so you don't always sense the bond. However, I have to say, Prim's emotional reactions allow for the bond to shine through. When she broke down at the reaping, and when saying goodbye to Katniss, this too, set me off into an emotional turmoil!
Most of the characters were portrayed as well as possible, with the time constrictions of a film; realistically, it is impossible to give them all the credit they deserve! It managed to reduce me to tears on more than one occassion, and left me with a reaffirmed love for The Hunger Games. I am now going to read the books once again. So, I do recommend you go and see it on the big screen!
And oh yeah - Peeta's hot!!