April 14, 2012
Hunger Games Trilogy/Movie: Not Your Typical Review
If you haven't seen about 5 dozen reviews of this trilogy then you have been spending less time keeping up with your Reader than I have. :) So, I am not going to give you another review, but I will show you some of the reasons I recommend them and why I am a fan, not a hater. (SPOILER ALERTS)
KATNISS EVERDEEN IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF PROTAGONIST:
Unlike some YA characters (Belle from Twilight springs to mind) Katniss is self-sufficient, strong, and intelligent. She does not rely on a guy to make her world; she considers whether any particular guy would fit into her own world. She shows young women that you do not have to be perfect to make a difference in the world, but that not creating a better world is not even an option.
RUE: 'Nuff said.
FINNICK AND JOANNE: A twist I did not see coming. And his love for his fiancee was the stuff of fairy tales.
PRESIDENT SNOW'S OUTCOME: I thought it was weakly executed. It was highly anti-climatic. Let-down city.
PRIM: I was very upset but it almost did not seem real to me. I am not sure why.
THE BOY WITH THE BREAD: This was soooo not executed well in the movie. It was not clear that she was starving. It just looked like she was there so he gave her some bread.
WOODY HARRLESON AS HAYMITCH: When I saw this casting I loved it instantly. I think if there had been more time to portray Haymitch on screen he would have done an even better job. Also, there was not enough Haymitch in Mockingjay to suit me.
PEETA LOSING HIS MIND: I really did not know for a while if he was going to come out of it but the way it was written seemed a little too plot convenient.
GALE: I like that Gale has a sense of humor, a sense of loyalty, and is brave. I really liked him as a choice for Katniss even though I knew it would always be Peeta.
THE GAMES: I have read reviews online that say the movie was too violent for PG-13. Um, they toned it WAAAAAAAAAAAY down from the amount in the book. Plus.. HELLO! It was a book about kids killing each other. Why would there be no violence? I swear I think the public loses IQ points by the minute.
HUNGER GAMES: 5 STARS
CATCHING FIRE: 5 STARS
MOCKINGJAY: 3 STARS (Much like I hear J.K. Rowling's later HP books were, Mockingjay was hastily written, poorly edited, and lacked depth. Plus, after all that ass-kicking female reading the trilogy ends with a sappy story. I call cop out, Suzanne Collins.)
THE HUNGER GAMES MOVIE: 4 STARS (I had some issues with it, such as they should've mentioned District 13, since it is a crucial plot point in Mockingjay, and they should have made it more clear what the prize was for winning the games, but overall I think they did a pretty decent job condensing that much information into 2 hours.)