Hunger Games leaves fans disappointed
Aamino Hirmoge, Layout Editor
May 6, 2012
Filed under Variety
The highly anticipated movie had finally arrived. March 23 was the day The Hunger Games was released. Making $67,263,650 on its opening day, it made the 5th spot for best opening day.
For me, the movie did not meet the expectations that I had set for it. The movie was as close to the book as a movie can be. And they made a very good lead to what happens in Catching Fire with the District 11 riot, but the three main disappointments for me were the cinematography, visual effects and the ending.
The Hunger Games is set in the future, meaning they would have futuristic clothing. *Cough cough fire cape.* The fire cape for Katniss and Peeta is a scene most fans were super excited about to see, especially me, but when I first saw it, I literally cringed. It was extremely terrible; in fact, as a whole, the special effects for the tribute parade were terrible. You could tell that they were using a green screen. They didn’t do justice to that scene. It was very disappointing.
Another disappointment was the cinematography. I understand that they wanted to show what Katniss is seeing, but when Katniss runs, I’m sure that it doesn’t look to her like an earthquake is happening. Less shakiness would be nice. The bloodbath scene was very hard to watch as well. I guess they shook the camera to make it stay at a PG-13 rating; otherwise with all the violence it would have been a rated R.
My last disappointment was the ending of the movie. AMAZINGLY, Katniss and Peeta come out of the hunger games without major injuries: Katniss comes out with her ear intact, and Peeta comes out with both his legs. The reason behind those injuries was to show how well the Capitol can fix injures like restoring Katniss’s hearing and making Peeta look like he still has his leg. Also, I feel like they rushed the end. They didn’t emphasize the amount of trouble they were in and how they need to act as if they were crazy in love.
But the movie was good in all the other ways, the look of the Capitol was almost what I had imagined. The acting of the cast was exceptional as well. The actors and actress that delivered were Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman) , Wes Bentley (Seneca Crane), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Alexander Ludwig (Cato), Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark). For those who haven’t read the books, this movie is amazing. But for those who have read the books, they could have made it way better. Out of a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 6.5.