The Hunger Games Movie Review

Ceasar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)

Finally!!! After almost a year of anticipation, The Hunger Games Movie is here! I’ve waited too long for  it that I just had to watch it on the first day! I couldn’t wait to see the movie adaptation of one of my favorite books.

In the first few minutes of the film, I had a hard time adjusting to the swift movement of the camera. It was quite difficult focusing my eyes on the screen. I was afraid I would have a headache. Thankfully, that ‘style’ wasn’t used all throughout the entire movie. I guess it was the director’s way of showing the shaky life in district 12? I’m not sure what was up with it. I’m just glad they stopped it after the reaping scene.

The capitol didn’t look as glorious as I had imagined it when reading the book but it was fine. At least they clearly showed the capitol’s ‘unique’ fashion. One of the things I was really looking forward to in the film was Katniss and Peeta’s costumes in the parade and Katniss’ dress in her interview with Ceasar Flickerman. The book was quite detailed and grand in the description which I think makes that part significant. I was kinda disappointed though to see that we didn’t even have a full view of Katniss and Peeta’s customes in the parade. They could have at least shown the scene where Cinna lighted them up. The fire was just so artificial to me. It didn’t make my heart stop, as opposed to what Ceasar Flickerman said. Uhm, the girl on fire? Where? I wasn’t so happy with the effects either. The hovercraft and the mutts didn’t seem realistic enough. But anyway, the film wasn’t all about the effects.

What I loved the most about the movie was the characters! Hello, Effie Trinket? She was totally the way I imagined her to be. I just love her outfits! Elizabeth Banks did a really great job on portraying her role. Jennifer lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Stanley Tucci (Ceasar Flickerman), Wes Bentley (Seneca Crane), Lenny Kravitz (Cinna), Alexander Ludwig (Cato), Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove), Amandla Stenberg (Rue) and so on.. They all did an incredible job! Each of them gave justice to the characters in the book.

Changes made (Movie vs Book)

    • Hovercraft scene when Katniss and Gale were at the woods-in the book, they also saw a boy and a girl being taken away by the hovercraft
    • Katniss got the mockingjay pin at the hob- instead of receiving it from Madge Undersee after the reaping
    • Katniss met Cinna in something like a hospital gown instead of being naked
    • Peeta initiated to hold hands with Katniss during the parade- instead of Cinna asking them to
    • Rue secretly took Cato’s knife- this scene doesn’t exist in the book
    • Katniss almost got hit with Clove’s knife on the chest while she was down on the ground – instead of almost getting hit on the head while she was running away from the cornucopia
    • Katniss was the only one attacked with fireballs because she was almost at the edge of the battleground- all the other tributes were also attacked with fireballs in the book so as to gather them in the same area
    • When katniss came to after the tracker jacker incident, she discovered that her tracker jacker bites have already been treated by Rue- in the book, Katniss and Rue got together in a different incident
    • Rue got hit with a spear right after Katniss freed her from the trap- in the book, Rue got hit with a spear even before Katniss could reach her
    • District 11’s outburst after Rue’s death- doesn’t exist in the book
    • Rue told Katniss Peeta’s probable location- Katniss searched for Peeta in the book
    • Haymitch convincing Seneca Crane to let the audience root for young love- scene doesn’t exist in the book
    • Peeta camouflaged himself in a rock- in the book, he camouflaged himself in the mud
    • In the feast, the backpacks were of the same sizes- different sizes in the book
    • Thresh killed Clove by slamming her into the wall thus causing her neck to snap- in the book, he killed Clove by denting her skull with a big rock
    • Thresh was killed by the mutts- the cause of his death wasn’t really described in detail in the book, but he was probably killed by Cato
    • Seneca Crane was locked in a room where he was made to eat a bowl of Nightlock (deadly berries)- this scene doesn’t exist in the book

Despite the changes that were made in the movie, I still enjoyed watching the  film. Many of my friends liked the film, including those who did not read the book. Though, it kinda frustrates me to hear some comments that show how little they understand about what was really going on in the story. And just for the sake of sharing about how I think the movie should’ve been, here goes my personal thoughts about it… There are things in the book, which I think are important but unfortunately not included or not emphasized enough in the movie. I wish the film had shown even a short overview/info about each of the districts and their tributes, especially about the ‘Careers’.  Non-book readers would’ve understood why Cato and his alliance couldn’t climb trees, and not laugh at how they sucked in capturing Katniss. I also wish they had shown more of the ‘bread scene’. The flashbacks were not enough. How would people know that Katniss was actually starving to death in that scene if they hadn’t read the book yet? The film was also misleading when it comes to Katniss’ feelings towards Gale and Peeta. I heard a lot of gushing at the theatre when Katniss kissed Peeta. If they only knew that Katniss was doing it to get more support from sponsors. And that she was actually thinking about Gale. I think they could’ve used a little voice over from Katniss’ point of view.

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Overall, I’d say that the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games was great. From the start, I had anticipated some changes from the book. It’s still up to the film makers whether they would follow through everything in the book or not. I had my own version of how I wanted the movie to be  but of course, they are just my own expectations. I respect what the producers, script writers and director had decided. From what I’ve seen from the first installment, the production did an incredible job. Now I can’t wait to see more in the next film, Catching Fire! Cheers! 🙂

The Vampire Diaries Returns: The Birthday (S03E01)

Finally! After the long wait, The Vampire Diaries is back for season three with its all new fresh, eye-popping, jaw-dropping, and heart-stopping episodes. We’ve only seen one episode but I can already tell that the rest of the episodes in this season are going to be mind-boggling that you wouldn’t want to miss a thing.
This season began with the ‘The Birthday’ episode, where Elena (Nina Dobrev) celebrates her 18th birthday. It started off with a scene that showed Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) in Tennessee. Klaus was looking for a Ray guy and he seemed to have gone to quite a few places just to find him. Of course, being an original and a half vampire half werewolf himself, it was easy for him to get the answers that he wanted, especially when he’s got Ripper Stefan by his side. Last season, I really wanted Klaus dead because he was just so dangerously evil. But in this episode, I think I’m starting to fall for Joseph–err Klaus and I can’t imagine TVD without him. *wink*
First highlight in the episode was the very naked-with-bubbles-on Damon (Ian Somerhalder) walking in on Elena. He totally caught her off guard but unfortunately, his hot nakedness wasn’t enough to make Elena forget about her nowhere-to-be-found boyfriend, Stefan. I’m a die hard Delena fan so.. tsk tsk tsk. Elena’s been trying to track Stefan and she thinks that Damon is not being cooperative. But contrary to what she thinks, Damon is actually tracking Stefan with Alaric without telling her because he doesn’t want to get her hopes up.
Then there was Jeremy (Steven McQueen) being haunted by his two dead ex-girlfriends. Unfortunately for him, Vicki (Kayla Ewell) and Anna (Malese Jow) have become not so dead to him since he was brought back to life by his super witch girlfriend, Bonnie (Kat Graham), who only made an appearance in this episode via video call. He has been seeing them at his house, work place, in his car, and so on. He confided his dilemma with Matt (Zach Roerig) but that had been of no help. Just imagine experiencing death not just once, but twice! After all he’s been through, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jeremy goes insane. Just kidding! Now the creepy thing is, Vicky said “Help me” to Jeremy when she appeared to him inside his car. I wonder what else they’d say to him in their next appearances.
Meanwhile, things became emotionally and physically intense between vampire Barbie Caroline (Candice Accola) and werewolf hottie Tyler (Michael Trevino). First they had an awkward conversation when Tyler declares he’s horny all the time and Caroline admits being on overdrive and feeling like going to explode. They both say it’s a vampire/werewolf thing. Boy oh boy.. I can only imagine how intense that is. Tyler and Caroline love team is also my favorite so their ‘thing’ was my second favorite part in this episode.
FORWOOD’s Vampire & Werewolf Thing
 
At Elena’s birthday party, Damon gave her a present. It was her necklace, the one that Stefan gave her. Somehow, Alaric (Matthew Davis) was able to recover it after the ‘sacrifice’ ritual happened. That was the second time Damon returned that thing to her. Only that, Elena doesn’t remember the first time because Damon compelled her to forget about it after his tearful confession of love. The scene where Damon put the necklace on Elena was emotional for me because the I-love-you-but-i-can’t-have-you was written all over Damon’s face. At least, Delena fans like me weren’t left without a touching Delena scene even if it’s a one-sided love team, but only for now *fingers crossed*.

Elena refuses to move on without her beloved Stefan by her side. She holds on to her love for him and said that her birthday wish was to find out whether he’s alive or not. She doesn’t believe that Stefan has gone back to the Ripper side of him. Unfortunately for her, Stefan is no longer the gentle and good vampire boyfriend she knew.

Stefan had agreed to become Klaus’ slave in exchange for the cure to Damon’s deadly werewolf bite. He doesn’t need saving. And he made this clear by killing Damon’s compelled girlfriend, Andie (Dawn Olivieri). Yet, all the strong and heartless facade he’s been trying to pull off crumbled when the unconvinced Klaus told him that he’ll never stop caring about family. This then lead to a very poignant phone call that Stefan made to Elena. Stefan never really spoke anything but Elena felt that it was him. So she just went on saying the most reassuring words that Stefan could hold on to; You’ll be okay. I love you. Hold on to that. Never let that go.

That phone call scene really broke my heart. I was teary-eyed  and I just had to watch it again and again. And darn! I’m not even a fan of their love team! It was just so touching it hurts until now, which, therefore makes it the best part of this episode. *sniff*

Then at the end, Mrs. Lockwood went from being clueless mother to vampire slayer, shooting Caroline with loads of Vervain. Oh no, looks like Mrs. Lockwood is not that clueless after all.

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So here are my thoughts:

  1. Tyler and Caroline hook up– So is there any chance for them to have a child? If yes, wouldn’t they have a hybrid child? Tyler and Caroline becoming parents? Uhmm, okay. Perhaps my imagination going too far.
  2. Vicki’s “Help me”– I have this idea that maybe, as consequence of Jeremy’s ‘resurrection’, he’ll also have the ability to resurrect dead vampires. But then why can he only see Vicki and Anna? Maybe since Bonnie used her power to bring him back to life because of love, then Jeremy can also resurrect people that he loved? Haha!
Well, these are just my thoughts, guys. There’s nothing left for me now but to wait and see what the real deal is. Anyone who wants to share what they think? Feel free to leave a comment. 🙂