Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Hunger Games Movie and Tribute Guide Reviews



Movie review:

The Hunger Games
March 23, 2012
Lionsgate
Director: Gary Ross
Starring:  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth

My rating: 
★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

The tag line is "The world will be watching"... and that most definitely included me.  I had an amazing time at the midnight premiere, as did the three lovely people who joined me.  We had so much fun seeing all the "Effie's" and all the different Hunger Games shirts and accessories.  Fortunately, we had a great crowd in our theater.  Very well-behaved and die-hard fans, which usually don't go hand in hand, but, lucky for us, this time, it did. 

I’m pleased I stuck to my guns and didn’t re-read the book until after I had seen the movie. I believe if the book had been fresh in my mind, I wouldn’t have enjoyed the movie as much as I did. I stand by my earlier statement that, as far as book-to-movie adaptations go, I am pleased with the HG movie. I cried a bucket-full at a certain place in the film.  Now that I've read the book again, I know the movie definitely wasn’t perfect, but show me a book-to-movie that is. I don’t believe the intensity of the book could ever truly be captured on film. Apparently, neither can the boy with the bread. I enjoyed Peeta in the movie, but reading about Peeta again has reminded me of many things the movie failed to.  Final thoughts: The book is always better, but the HG movie is definitely not to be missed.
 

 
The Hunger Games Tribute Guide
Emily Seife
Scholastic Press

My rating: 
★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

Loved this book when I received it in the mail and now, even more so after seeing the movie. What an excellent movie companion guide and insight to the tributes. I may have had a bit of uncertainty with some of the casting (sorry Peeta - I still love you), but I felt most, if not all, of the tributes and supporting cast (Cinna and Caesar = ahhhmazing!) were spot on. I mean, little Rue? What an adorable little girl, and I admit to unabashedly crying and fumbling for napkins at a particular scene involving her in the movie.



The Tribute Guide is 128 pages of beautiful illustrations that include the cast, a guide to all of the districts, the training center, tribute parade, tribute center, interviews, and the journey to the arena.  It also includes a weapons page and descriptions, amazing photos from the movie, and several quotes, including my personal favorite (as non-spoilery as I can  make it):

Peeta: "Winning won’t matter in my case."

Caeser: "Why not?"

Peeta: "Because - she came here with me.”  

Not quite as dramatic as it was written in the book, but the effect was the same:  Cue the swoon.

Final thoughts:
A fun and very beautiful book for any die-hard Hunger Games fan.

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This book was generously gifted to me by dear, sweet Nyssa and Sandy. Thank you guys so much for sending it to us. Love it, and love you!

12 comments:

  1. I am watching the movie again a second time tomorrow! I loved it the first time round and am so glad you did too! It's definitely a good thing I didn't re-read either. ;)

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    1. Awesome, Sam!! So happy you loved it too! I can't wait to go and see it again ;D

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  2. I loves hearing ypur thoughts on the movie and now i am even more anxious to see it than i was before! I agree, book to movie adaptions usually are never as good as the book but i am glad that HG movie seemed to respect the book. Great review!

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    1. Thank you, Cambria! I can't wait to hear your thoughts once you've seen it!

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  3. We need to dish about this in an email, but SQUEE! I went in with low expectations, especially after listening to the audio for the book the day before, but I was pleasantly surprised. Loved Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss! I was scared, but that girl nailed it! Peeta and Gale...not so much, but it wasn't terrible. I'm hoping to get my review up by the end of the week. (Been busy at work again, and you KNOW that's when I love to do my blogging, lol.)

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    1. Arrrrg - that work is getting in the way of our eeeping and squeeeing!! Of course, it also pays for our books to eeep and squee about, so I'd better not complain ;) JL was brilliant! Can't wait for your review and for one of our epic emails! LOL! <3

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  4. Omg we are not worthy of such beautiful praise!! We are the lucky ones, because you introduced us to the series!!! And omg what a series!!! Loved sharing the movie with you, and enjoying your reading of the book!! (seriously, y'all, the girl can narrate!! will have you on the edge of your seat!!) Going to see it one more time in XD before the sinking ship takes over LOL. Looking forward to the next two with you!!! Love you so much!!! Xoxo

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    1. Omgeee!! I love you to pieces! I will read to you anytime!! I secretly love reading to a captive audience! I hope we can see it in XD again before Titanic sets sail. Thank you so much for everything you did - it just made the movie even more fantastic and special for all of us! Mwah!! xoxo

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  5. AMAZING!!!! I'm so excited to read my book that you got me! You are the best! I'm sure I will love it also :) I liked the movie also boo for having to wait another year for the next one! I also think the cast was great and OMG did I love Rue she totally broke my heart! <3

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    1. Thank you, love! Can't wait for you to read it! I think you'll love it! I completely agree about Rue - just heart-wrenching! <3 <3 <3

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  6. I went to see it with my husband wednesday. It was the early bird show, so there was only a few people there.

    I'm very happy with how they did the movie. It's true that a movie can never fully capture what the book can, but for the time slot they had, it captured me pretty good. I was so emotional the whole time. It reminded me of how much I loved the book. I rarely re-read a book, ever. I guess when I'm old I will, but I"m always picking up new ones. I may be the only blogger who doesn't re-read.

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    1. I agree, April! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and that I wasn't the only emotional wreck! It's so hard to find time to re-read when there are so many amazing new books coming out. I end up re-reading a book when I go back to look something up...then can't put it down. ;)

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