Film Watch – 255. The Hunger Games

Fast Facts

Title: The Hunger Games
Director: Gary Ross
Year: 2012
Run time: 2hrs 22

Background Info

I read these books a while back, and I was very curious about what the film versions would be like. There’s a trend for making young adult series’ into movies and they seem to do pretty well, so the pressure on The Hunger Games was going to be huge! Mr C hasn’t read them, and wasn’t aware of any of the plot, so I thought it would be interesting to see what it’s like from the point of view of someone in the know, and someone not.

Live Blog

1:11 – I am wondering how much, if any, of this I will have to explain to Mr C. Also wondering if I can remember any of it!
3:23 – Wobbly camerawork ahoy.
5:42 – She’s a bit Legolas with the arrows!
9:07 – It’s weird seeing the juxtaposition of the “city” against the “poor” on screen. I guess I imagined it a bit different.
12:44 – Loving her crazy colour against the grey.
19:06 – That pin didn’t work, really, did it. Certainly didn’t protect the girl from her name being called out!
24:39 – I’d like to go on that train… if it didn’t lead to imminent death.
32:01 – It’s like the Olympics Opening Ceremony.
33:48 – It’s a good job they were last, I wouldn’t have fancied travelling behind them and their flames!
50:42 – The amount of food they have is almost disgusting. Also, they are sitting on Big Brother style chairs.
53:15 – So, at some indeterminate point in the future, no one has a normal name anymore.
59:17 – That interviewer can handle anything!
1:04:07 – You can see why he turned to drink, the whole process is awful.
1:08:04 – Seems like split screen coverage is big in the future.
1:09:58 – Oh, I see, jerky camerawork so as not to show too much gore.
1:13:34 – This is all reality shows melded into one. Big Brother, I’m a Celebrity.
1:18:28 – It’s one thing to turn her around, but they’re practically trying to kill her themselves.
1:25:30 – Like wasps aren’t bad enough, we have to genetically engineer them.
1:36:35 – They seem like really nice arrows. Strong-like.
1:45:20 – That man’s beard is ridiculous.
1:46:12 – The rose garden thing is just like the Queen of Hearts.
1:52:48 – Last time he said that would be the only announcement.
2:06:45 – For a minute there, I was worried she would shoot him in the eye.
2:12:16 – Ooh, the train. I forgot.

Conclusions

I thought it was good – there wasn’t very much about it that didn’t fit with my expectations from the book. They crammed a lot of story in there, it felt like it could have been a four hour movie, but I was glad it wasn’t. It was long enough! I did think there were some gaps at the start of the story – the hunger felt more acute in the book, and the reasons behind putting your name in the bowl more times than necessary. I didn’t like the wobbly camera work, but it made sense after a while, to distill the violence and up the adrenaline! Overall, good, and Mr C was left intrigued what could be left for the sequel.

Rating: 4/5

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