|Title:||The Hunger Games|
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|08.25.12||Amazon Instant|| Yes I read the books. Yes I've seen Battle Royale. I thought this was just ok. Something didn't translate well at all. I don't know if it was Gary Roos' predilction for random POV shots or focus issues or there's too many plaintive scenes where he feels he has to energize it somehow or what but there seemed to be like a third of the movie where it's a quiet scene with two people talking but the camera is going crazy all around them. I found it intrusive. Yet when there's clearly fx shots of the capital and stuff the camera's dead still. Also i found the title cards at the beginning to be ultra useless and weak and started the movie off on the wrong foot with me. Yet the games themselves seemed to be on fast forward to me and not in a page-turning way like the book but in a hurry-to-get-through-it kind of way like they can't afford even a second of scrounging for water or whatever. I dunno. it was just an oddly paced movie for me especially considering the running time. I get that it's a lot of story to get through but they also included some elements that could definitely have been in the second movie. Because of that the very ending feels like the ending to a sequel in a trilogy or something... where you have to sign on to watching the next one for it to mean anything.|
Anyway, there were some good parts too i guess. As a movie though it definitely doesn't hold up to Battle Royale. In the end it's just another adaptation that's not as good as the book. Harumph.