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Old 03-23-2012, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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A little tired today but it was well worth it. The movie was very well done, stayed true to the novel with a few small changes that arent worth complaining about. The acting was great, the pace was perfect, the world created was exactly as expected. Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman might have been the best casting move, he was the best part of the scenes from the capital.

It's a 2 and a half hour movie but it really feels like an hour and a half. There are really only two death scenes you actually get to see due to shaky cam being used in the first action in the arena and neither are gory. I would take my 9 year old to see it and there were kids about that age there last night.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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A little tired today but it was well worth it. The movie was very well done, stayed true to the novel with a few small changes that arent worth complaining about. The acting was great, the pace was perfect, the world created was exactly as expected. Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman might have been the best casting move, he was the best part of the scenes from the capital.

It's a 2 and a half hour movie but it really feels like an hour and a half. There are really only two death scenes you actually get to see due to shaky cam being used in the first action in the arena and neither are gory. I would take my 9 year old to see it and there were kids about that age there last night.
Good to hear! I might have to wait until next week to see it but glad to hear it's good.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I really enjoyed the first book. Meh on the other two.
The writing is young adult...so I was not expecting great feats of prose.
But the first book was well-paced and interesting.

I really would like to see the movie.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Nassau/Queens border
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I have tickets for tonight and am looking forward to it. I read the first book and am 3/4 of the way through the second. I enjoyed the book-found it to be pure escapism. Glad to hear that they kept the movie close to the book.
As for the ridiculous arguments on this thread - I'd just like to add that my daughter saw R rated movies when she was about 9 or 10. It all depends on the movie and the child. In my case, my daughter is now 20 in College as a Film Major. She loves movies of all kinds (old and new) and has never had any adverse effects from seeing R movies. In fact it has contributed to her appreciation for film as an art form.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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This movie is all my teen has been talking about. She read the books and loves discussing them w/ her friends. We will probably wait until Sunday to see it. The crowds won't be as bad.
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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I took my daughter (16) and a friend to see it at midnight. She absolutely thought it was perfect. I thought it was good, but felt like some of the early background information about Katniss was missing (you can't squeeze everything into one movie) which made her intensity less understandable. In the book, I felt like everything that she did was influenced by her desperation to get home and provide for Prim and her mother. That didn't come across as strongly in the movie.

The character that surprised me the most was Hamitch. Woody Harrelson balanced that line between being pretty despicable and somehow likable. I though Cinna's character could have used a little more punch - just something sort of anemic about him.

The violence was handled in a rating appropriate way. It still seemed intense without being gory. There was one scene (I think it was when they were fighting for gear... at the cornucopia) that was silent - very powerful.

Enjoy!!! I'm going to take a nap now.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I think it is hard to convey her thoughts that you read through the film. I thought the hallucinations about her father's death were a great way to make up for it.

Cinna is a character in the book that didnt get nearly enough story. He is different from everyone else in the capital and we dont know why. He will get more air time in the second movie.

I am going to go back and see it in IMAX.
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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Well I sure did like it a lot!
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:57 PM
 
Location: The Lakes Region
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I think it is hard to convey her thoughts that you read through the film. I thought the hallucinations about her father's death were a great way to make up for it.

Cinna is a character in the book that didnt get nearly enough story. He is different from everyone else in the capital and we dont know why. He will get more air time in the second movie.

I am going to go back and see it in IMAX.
Your earlier posts allude to the movie theme as a political satire. Then you seemed to get sidetracked by discussions on violence. I have heard that the books appear to criticise corruption in big government via the idea more government less freedom by absolute power corrupting absolutely.
Further, the union of reality TV with totalitarianist politics seems to strike a chord with today's youth. Especially when the rulers seem to take delight in the slaughter that comes with the games.... Kinda like Rome, way back when.
What's your take ?
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:01 PM
 
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I had very high expectations and the movie exceeded them.

It surprised me in that I expected a high-octane action movie. Instead the focus was way more on the people and their emotions. Lots of subtlety. I felt Katniss's and Peeta's pre-game fear and sense of dread much more while viewing the movie than while reading the book. Excellent acting and directing. The few minor changes made for the movie improved the story, imo.

My own children are grown but I taught school and was a children's librarian for many years and I wouldn't hesitate to let a 12-year-old see HG. The violence is no more graphic than prime time major network TV. For ages 9-11, I wouldn't worry about the violence but rather it depends upon how emotionally sensitive they are. If they've read and enjoyed the book, then they'll do fine, the movie is way less violent.

For comparison, I wouldn't have let anyone under 13 see Titanic, which was also rated PG-13.
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