I counted down the days, with the rest of the teeny boppers, for the movie to be released.
Then, I managed to get invited to the screening. It goes along with my whole “ask for what you want” M.O. I asked. I wasn’t turned down. It’s all good.
I took my little lonesome to the movie. Plopped myself down in the exact center of the theater, which was very cushy, by the way. I eavesdropped on all the journalists talking about how much they hated the whole Twilight franchise. I didn’t want to interrupt their conversations so I just high-fived them in my head.
So anyways. I’m not going to go into the whole premise of the movie because most people on this planet have read AT LEAST the first book to the trilogy. Right? If not, there are many reviews written that have a whole synopsis of the movie that would be WAY better written than anything I could come up with.
I’ll just get right into my own little review for ya. Ready?
It was OK. I didn’t love it the way I loved the book. And, contrary to what the critics said, I liked John Carter WAY better.
Here’s why I didn’t love it…
I thought some of it was boring. If I had been allowed to bring my phone in, I would have probably played a little Draw Something. Or Tweeted.
Let’s discuss casting, shall we?
Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss. I realize that Katniss is supposed to be brooding so she was right on with that. BUT…I found her to be too flat. Katniss is a strong character in the book and I thought she was just a little too brooding and not enough strong. She’s awfully pretty though.
Peeta was played by Josh Hutcherson. He played it well. I’m just not a huge fan of his. But he played a strong weak character.
Liam Hemsworth as Gale. Yum. And he looked pretty close to exactly how I pictured him.
Woody Harrelson was an outstanding Haymitch. He plays a drunk quite excellently.
I loved that Donald Sutherland was Snow. He is the most perfect shady, bad guy. Plus, I love him.
Let’s talk about Cinna, OK? His part was way too small. He needed to be on screen way more than he was. Oh, did I mention that Lenny Kravitz played him? Well, he did. And he is so beautiful, I drooled. It doesn’t matter if he can act or not, I’m just happy to look at him.
Anyways, I had the same problem with the movie that I did with the book, as far as characters go. I never felt any real development. The whole Katniss-Peeta-Gale love triangle…it wasn’t there. Not for me, anyways. Reading The Hunger Games and watching the movie, which were pretty similar…a few “made for Hollywood” changes but nothing that affected the integrity of the book too badly…the action scenes. The parts I loved about the books were when the characters were in the actual Hunger Games, the rest of the book was just fluff to me. Same with the movie.
I figure that I’m just hyper-critical and everyone who sees this movie will love it and I’ll be scratching my head and wondering why. But that’s ok, I’m used to it. I mean, everyone is reading 50 Shades of Grey and I couldn’t stand it past the first few chapters…which is farther than I got in the first Twilight book.
The movie itself was way better done than some of the other book franchise movie adaptations.
All in all, from one layman movie critic to the rest of the world…
See the movie. Judge for yourself. Don’t be influenced by reviews.
Go. See The Hunger Games. In theaters March 23rd.
May the odds be ever in your favor.