March 24, 2012

Bread and Games

Tonight, all I can do is strap myself in and take tiny bites of the bread. It’s good. It tastes of home. 
I went to see the movie this afternoon thinking all the kids would be in school but I found out that it's spring break already gah! Anyway, I had to wait in line with a crowd of loud teenagers. I wasn't sorry, but the only thing that made it suck was the doors didn't open until 11:30 and my show was playing at twelve o'clock. I got my popcorn and drink and sat down in my favourite spot in the theatre. It wasn't even close to full, most of the kids weren't there for the Hunger Games. I like sitting up high in the last row, and this theatre was comfortable. Anyway, after what seemed like an hour of bullshit previews the movie finally started, and I was like feeling pretty smug and confident.

I didn't feel like it lived up to all the hype, though. I mean sure it was a good movie but I don't know if it was the Capitol Couture, or just the Audience, that turned me off or that there wasn't enough action. It was too fluffy and colourful is what I guess I'm trying to say. I definitely liked the books but the movie was missing a lot, and some things just weren't the same. For example. In the book, Gales first words were  "Hey, Catnip." He was waiting for Katniss in the woods. But, in the movie, he says something like "what are you going to do with it?" He suddenly appears out of nowhere scaring the deer Katniss was about to shoot. I just remember it was a frustrating scene and she responds like "Aww, Gale!" like "Damn you Gale for scaring it away ."

At the same time, the hovercraft appears, but we didn't see the Avox girl so I know those who hadn't read the book would have no idea what it was doing there and why. It was pretty cool, though. Another thing I'd like to point out is there was no sign of any Avox in this movie. For those who don't know what an Avox is it's Latin for someone without a voice. Neither was there a hovercraft that came into the arena to pick up dead tributes corpses. We only heard the cannon shot and the only time a hovercraft came to take someone was with Katniss and Peeta, but even then they didn't show it. Yet it didn't come to pick up Rue or the other guy Katniss killed.
The wolf scene was different too whereas in the book Cato is first seen running from the wolf mutts while Katniss and Peeta are in the field by the cornucopia but in the movie, it is Peeta who gets attacked by the wolf and Katniss, and he starts running for their lives headed towards the cornucopia. They start climbing up the significant structure and find Cato already there. I don't know where Cato came from. That part was a big blur, and the wolves weren't like the ones in New Moon and Eclipse :p

Sometimes the movie was better like Peeta didn't appear all that badly hurt. I was pleasantly surprised about that because the book made him look like he was on his last leg literally and close to death, in fact, he did lose his leg, but I imagined him a lot worse, with sweat running off his face and a high fever from blood poisoning. In the movie, he didn't look wrong, and I thought the camouflage was exquisite. Katniss finds him buried in the mud and screams his name "Peeta!" cause she's so happy to see him lying there in the mud haha. Unfortunately, we don't hear him say "Are you here to finish me off, sweetheart?". It was probably one of the funnier and happier moments for me anyway.

Let's go back when they were on the train. A lot was left out here as well, but I understand now where "That's Mahogany!" comes from. When Katniss stabs the table with the knife Effie yells something like "That's Mahogany!" she didn't say that in the book does she?
We don't even get to see Haymitch vomit or any of the rooms on the train besides the dining car. Instead, Haymitch was a little more ornery and angry in the movie than in the book IMO. What I found strange was how old fashion the dining car looked. It didn't seem very futuristic.
What I appreciated more in the movie was Katniss' dress and their costumes for the parade with the fire. It looked splendid, and I liked how when Katniss asked if she wanted Ceasar Flickerman to see her dress on fire how she twirled around and made her dress catch fire at the bottom of it. That was really nice. Peeta was cute too :D
The first countdown at the beginning at the cornucopia was better than I imagined except Katniss getting into a scuffle with fox face was kind of a blur or was it another girl with the knife? The girl with the sword was the girl Thresh killed with a rock. I hate that girl tribute even more after seeing the movie ugh. I didn't like the Careers anyway, but the film made them out to be more arrogant and unlikeable. Katniss was excellent with the Tracker Jacker nest but why was Caesar Flickerman narrating that shit about the tracker jackers when she was about to unleash them on the sleepy tributes underneath her tree !? I had pictured those bees bigger. I never expected them to be the same size as real bees but the tracker jacker venom gave Katniss some rather odd hallucinations that are for sure. Again Caesar Flickerman ? of all the narrators they gotta pick the interviewer with the blue hair? Ok well, they really did make it look like a Capitol TV production.

What blew me away was the Cornucopia and the Parachute gifts and the loudspeaker voice that could be heard a mile away in the arena. Katniss received some ointment for her burns, some soup for Peeta and in the movie the medicine that was needed wasn't a hypodermic needle or syringe, but some kind of ointment :/ That part was confusing.

Rue was portrayed just like in the book right down to the details. I didn't cry so much in the scene when Rue dies, but you want to know where I cried the most? At the Reaping Lol. It touched me a lot when Katniss volunteered I don't understand why. I like how the movie showed Gale watching the game on TV just when Katniss and Peeta kiss each other in the cave and how the Gamemakers controlled the Arena.

Ok well, that's a wrap.

Book to Movie Differences on the Hunger Games

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