Sister P flew into town to pay a visit on Friday. I took advantage of having the day off to check out a matinee showing of The Hunger Games. I read the books almost a year ago, but in anticipation of the movie, listened to the audiobook. This stuff is fresh in my mind.
I really enjoyed the movie and here are my thoughts (because you care so much!). If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, please skip this post as spoilers are included. If you’ve seen it and are obsessed with the books like me, please share your nitpicky thoughts too!
- Katniss’ last words to her mother and her fierce hug. I thought it characterized their relationship perfectly. Katniss seemed like the mother and the mother seemed like the daughter.
- The smile Thresh gave to Rue when he saw her in the ceiling during training. I don’t think the book clarified early on that he cared for her. We see it later, of course, when he spares her life.
- I loved seeing the gamemakers control room stuff.
- I was so glad to see that District 11 included people of all races. I never really considered race when I read the book initially and only realized that Rue was black after listening to the audio. Duh! Anyway, the author’s description of District 11 (through Rue) with the whippings and the fact that they had 2 black tributes made me think too much of slavery.
- The scene where they first entered the arena and are waiting for the mandatory 60 seconds before the start of the games was awesome. The tension. The fear. Excellent.
- I wish they hadn’t cut Katniss pleading with Thresh for her life after he kills Clove (?). From the books, we know that her treatment of Rue was why he felt he owed her. The way it was shown though, he had no idea that Katniss and Rue were allies. What reason would he have to save her with so few tributes left?
- Peeta’s injury didn’t look very grave to me and it was not one that could be resolved by some magic salve. I guess it would have been to hard to dramatize infection as the danger opposed to a cut? It’s not like they could have had Katniss saying “Peeta! Your leg is infected!”
- Katniss found water awfully quickly and never suffered from dehydration. I guess they can’t include everything.
- I think they missed a nice touching moment by not showing District 11 sending the bread. The revolution scene was nice though. I suppose that would have required too much explanation.
- I never pictured Haymitch, or any other handler, interacting with the gamemakers. Sponsors, yes, but gamemakers no. I don’t like that because it opens up potential for favoritism. It makes the games seem more tainted than they already were.
- I don’t think anyone in any of the districts looked like they were starving. They looked poor, but not hungry.
- The “Girl On Fire” costume was disappointing. It just looked like crappy CGI on the screen – not like I imagined.
- I didn’t like how Katniss’ first kill went down. I don’t recall Katniss cutting Rue down from the trap in the book. I almost thought she might save her in the movie. In the movie, Katniss kind of shot the tribute in self-defense because he was shooting at her. In the book, the killing was more deliberate and out of pure anger because Rue was already dead. I like the book’s version better. I still cried at Rue’s death because I’m a sap.
- A Facebook friend pointed this out, but why was Buttercup the cat black and white?
- I didn’t realize Thresh was killed by the dogs. In the book, Katniss & Peeta do not know how he died. I guess I should have put it together that the dogs killed him since Katniss & Peeta encounter them shortly thereafter.
- The cornucopia looked nothing like I had imagined it. Nothing.