I've been looking forward to this premiere for a long time. Got my tickets the day they went on sale. I love the books and had very high hopes for the movie. I limited my intake of previews so I could see the movie with fresh eyes. This was the first time I had ever attended a midnight premiere and it really was fun...and stressful, like I said, I'm old. I was so nervous that I wouldn't get a good seat that I made my hubby and I get there by 9pm.
I know you've been waiting for my review and here it is...
I think I had my hopes too high for the movie, because the book is just that good, but I wasn't dissappointed.
-Jennifer Lawrence: 100 % perfect as Katniss. Pretty but still kick-ass. Tough as nails but still vulnerable.
Intelligent, independant and brave, exactly what I loved about her in the books. She still is my hero...and I am even more a fan of Jennifer Lawrence than I was before. (See her in her Oscar nominated performance in Winter's Bone and you'll understand.)
-True to the story: Although there were a few parts missing, the movie stayed pretty true to the book.
-Beautiful sceanery: District 12 looked just like I imagined. The Capitol as well.
-Liam Hemsworth: Need I say more?
-Rue: Amandla Stenberg did a great job looking smart, sweet and innocent. She didn't have many lines but lines
weren't neccesary. As in the book, her death and Katniss's way of dealing with it was the most touching part of the movie. I was crying, and so were the hundred other 15 year old girls in the theatre.
-Camera editing: OMG the camera shook, rocked and rolled like the camerman was having a seizure. It was too much and such a distraction! I'm glad I didn't get tickets for the floor to ceiling screen or I would have thrown up before Katniss even makes it to the games. Speaking of moving so fast, the fight scenes were such a blurr you really couldn't tell what was happening, just that some nasty shit was going down. I think this was their way of keeping it PG-13.
-Liam Hemsworth: In the book, you really get a scense of Gale and Katniss's friendship. In the movie, he was just there for eye candy. But he was pretty darn good eye candy. (See above.) Which leads me to...
-Character Development: Even though the movie was 2.5 hours long and the acting was superb, you never get too close to the characters because the plot moves so fast. The book really gives you a chance to know and
understand them, to form bonds with them and feel their pain. If you read the book before the movie, deeper character development wasn't so neccessary. I am curious how those who didn't read it first felt about the characters. The movie just didn't do those relationships justice.
-Girl on Fire: Let's just say I was dissappointed. I mean, really, how hard can it be to create beautiful
pieces of clothing that catch on fire with out burning the person to death who wears them?
-Watching the movie in a theatre of teenagers is a lesson on maturity. I don't ever want to be a teenage girl again. I repeat, I don't ever want to be a teenage girl again. The theatre erupted in laughter at some of
the most emotional and intimate moments of the movie. It became very distracting, almost making the experience on the screen "cheesy" even when it wasnt. My very smart husband reminded me that laughter is sometimes a coping mechanism for not being able to process emotions. And we all know teenagers are not real good at processing their emotions. He's a smart one that Hubby of mine. I think I'll suggest to the kind ticket lady to perhaps have a theater reserved for the 21 and older crowd.
Like I said, my review is MIXED. I might go see it again with out the teenage sound effects and I will buy this when it comes out on DVD. I would love to hear your thoughts on the movie!