Movie Gossip: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games the Movie

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So I went to see The Hunger Games at the midnight showing last night and I absolutely loved it. It was as if I were thirsty stranded in a desert finally after searching for days stumbling onto the ocean. I devoured every bit of it.

The digital effects were incredible. It wasn’t cheesy at all like The Twilight movies (I’m a fan of Twilight btw) but I still think for as much as those movies make they still cut corners in the visual effects department. I laughed, I cried, I cheered while being completely mesmerized in Panem last night!

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However, The Hunger Games captures so much amazing visuals and they definitely didn’t cut corners on their budget utilizing all at the tools at their reach to make the movie live up to my high expectations based on the amazing book.

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The Capital of Panem is captured with such vivid detail, beautiful color schemes and is even more stunning than I had previously imagined it to be. Had it not been for the unsavory dictatorship in the capital I would wish to insert myself into the movie and live there forever. It was like a Sci-Fi lovers dream. Though the movie left out a few details, I feel that the movie represented the book closer than any other movie adapted from a book that I’ve had the pleasure to watch.

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The costumes were prolific. The hair and makeup were extraordinary. Katniss and her hair, makeup and wardrobe were gorgeous. I wish I could take a shopping spree in her closet. WoW! Effie was just astonishing in her spellbinding delicious freakish wardrobe. Cenna was so breathtakingly beautiful and he was exactly as I had pictured him. Peeta well I have a crush on him; is that okay? I’m probably old enough to be his mother! Lol. What can I say about Haymitch but he was ever so charming. The costumes, makeup, and hair were the best I’ve seen in a movie in a very long time.

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Katniss, the girl that was on fire

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The Games themselves were bloody, gruesome, exhilarating, disturbing, and heartbreaking, however I was pleasantly surprised to see that the violence was toned down a bit for the movie because I’m squeamish and quite honestly with a mouth full of popcorn and a hand full of candy I wasn’t sure just how much my weak stomach could take.

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When the characters were cast originally I was probably in the minority with my LOVE for the characters chosen prior to viewing the movie. Now that I’ve watched it, my praise for the cast has been validated because I couldn’t have pictured anyone else playing Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Cenna, Haymitch, Effie, Rue, Senecca, Caesar Flickman, President Snow. These characters played their roles with such professionalism, as if they were specially made for these characters. They were believable and current.

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By the time The Games began the movie was almost halfway through, it went quick and I savored every minute of it. You don’t have to have read the book prior to watching the movie to enjoy, but I say; Why not have the best of both worlds?? Book and the movie! I recommend You going to see this movie this weekend! All ages can enjoy.

 

“May the odds ever be in your favor”

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Bring a box of Kleenex if your sensitive like me. I cried during the reaping…yeah I was just swept away with the excitement of watching a long time favorite series of mine make it to the big screen. This movie is a MUST SEE!!

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GO SEE THE HUNGER GAMES!

 

Miss Vain

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14 Responses to Movie Gossip: The Hunger Games

  1. I am so freakin’ excited. I am going to see the movie next week with a friend. I have not read the book so I will have the POV of just loving or hating the movie as a movie not as a movie adapted from the book. So we shall see. The critics have been, well, critical about it so far but I think I am going to like it. LOVE the pics.

    • MissVain says:

      I hope you love it, I had not heard that critics have rated it poorly? I thought it had received positive reviews….you can totally go see it without reading the first book but I recommend you read it this week so you can appreciate the movie more!! The book is amazing. It’s a short book, I think less than 300 pages so you should do that Jennifer!!!!!!;) lol. The pics I chose are good, but it’s all I could find online but the best pics are the ones in the movies I couldn’t find online.

  2. The Muggle says:

    Just booked my tickets! I hope I love it as much as you did :)

    • MissVain says:

      I hope so too!! YAY! When are you going to see it?? I loved it!! You must tell me what you think afterwards.:)

  3. Irene says:

    I saw it last night and I totally agree with you. I have a new favorite movie. I wanna read the book once more now.

  4. Fry says:

    My friends and I were giggling during inappropriate things. But that’s how we roll.

    I teared up a bit at the beginning, when she volunteered but by the other sad points, I was too high on action to come back down again.

    • MissVain says:

      Fry, what made you giggle?? I cried during the reaping as well. My favorite visual in the movie, but I couldn’t find a pic online was during the parade when Peeta and Katniss wore the black clothes that were on fire. Loved that, it looked awesome!!;) Loved the action just like you did Fry.

  5. Just saw it this morning and loved every minute of it! I agree that it is one of the closest adaptations I’ve seen. I can’t wait to see it again! Fabulous review!!

  6. I saw it last night and I really liked it, too. I just wasn’t as moved as I was for the book. Okay, books are ALWAYS better than the movies b/c they can bring out more emotion but I really thought I’d cry more!!! I only lost it during Rue. Maybe my prozac is too high or something. But, jeez, I cried the entire time I read Mockingjay so I thought I’d be a mess for this movie!!

    I’ve been telling everyone, if you read the book, you’ve got to see the movie if only to see what a great job they did with the adaptation (I thought they nailed the actors for the characters, too!) and how close to the book they were.

    And don’t feel too creepy about the crush on Peeta ~ I’ve got a thing for him, too and I’m waaaaay too old to be thinking like that ;) So many of my friends think the actor playing Gale is better looking but I just don’t see it!!

    Great review!!!! Thanks for the pics, too!!!

  7. Alexa says:

    Eh I saw this one on Friday and it just didn’t do it for me. I felt like everything was a little bit lackluster. Everything was there and they did the movie so close to the book that I feel they took no creative freedom with it. It was almost word for word from the book. I think there is a fine line between changing the book too much or making it exactly too similar to the book.

    I could not stand the actor that played Peeta, that was the worst casting in history. I LOVED Jennifer as Katniss though, she really pulled a lot of the movie together by being the perfect Katniss. She couldn’t save Peeta’s role though. God after the interviewing when she threw him up against the wall and he was like a head shorter than her I was grossed out. He was just too short and he looked awkward!

    I liked that Cinna was there for Katniss but he wasn’t as glammed up as he should have been. All they really did was put gold eyeshadow on him, that didn’t make him Cinna to me.

    I don’t know, everything was there but it just lacked some sort of passion. The passion I had while reading the book just wasn’t there in the movie. Due to less violence in the Hunger Games this felt toned down for little kids. The Hunger Games isn’t suppose to be pretty! The movie made it a bit boring since there wasn’t much going on like there was in the book.

    This one just missed it for me, it was a good movie but I wanted it to be so much more.

  8. Ning says:

    I loved this movie! I thought they did a great job with it and totally captured Katniss’s essence and also just how poor and oppressed the people were. I didn’t reread the book too close so I don’t remember all the details that they might’ve left out, but the way they showed how the game is a national pasttime with the Capitol through Ceasar show was just amazing. I feel like I was there!

    I agree it wasn’t as bloody as it was in the book, but I’m fine with that. This book isn’t about gore or anything. The way they did the violence was actually really tasteful in a way, with what happened in the Cornucopia and the shock we felt through Katniss and everything being blurred out. That’s exactly how it must’ve feel in real life when you’re in shock and everything was happening too fast.

    Overall, a great movie! I saw it twice this weekend lol. Once Friday morning and again last night! I couldn’t get enough of it!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  9. Jamie says:

    I haven’t seen this yet, but I can see that the girl they picked to play Katniss looks exactly as I pictured her. And anything with Lenny Kravitz in it is worth seeing, lol!

    I don’t have a problem with the violence being less in the movie than it was in the book. After all, this is a movie based on a YA book that is marketed to kids as young as 12. It’s one think to imagine a gory scene in your mind – it’s a completely different thing to see it played out visually.

    The stills look amazing!! Great review, Miss Vain. I can’t wait to see this movie, once I can talk someone into going with me ;-)

  10. My friend and I are going to see the first showing of it this morning. I’ll be back to share my thoughts on it. So far all the reviews I’ve read for it say bring tissues……

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