I managed to
So here is what I thought.
Now, I am by no stretch of the imagination a die-hard Hunger Games fan (come to think of it there are few things I am a die-hard fan off (do I smell another blog post?)) but I was really looking forward to this film and I did not find it disappointing.
It has been a while since a film has made me want to cheer in the cinema but when Katniss shot the apple out of the pigs mouth I wanted jump up in my seat.
The parade ‘flames’ seemed to be a little underwhelming but when she spun about in her interview dress and the bottom caught fire I wanted to giggle like a little girl. Brilliant.
The scene where Rue died had me crying like a baby – just like the book did (one of the few books to make a cry I will add).
The shaky camera work was a little disconcerting at first but when it came to the deaths of the tributes I think it was a good choice as we couldn’t see in detail what was happening. I know that some people didn’t like this but I think it was a very tasteful decision.
The deaths was another thing. Although I read and loved the book, seeing these children being made to kill or be killed was very disturbing. Even more so was the celebratory view that the runners of the game had and the way that they spoke of readying the canon to announce another death. I wanted to scream at them ‘these are someone’s children you are talking about!’
Cinna was lovely. Maybe I missed it in the book but they seemed to be developing a bit more of a relationship between Katniss and Cinna in the film. He knew when she was nervous and did what he could to set her at ease. In movie-land I think I would be happy to see Katniss and Cinna together.
Peeta…um, the dude was good but for some reason I imagined him to be a bit more…buff. He was a darling though.
Ceaser ------> Loved him. That is all.
And so when the end credits began to roll…
Me – *clap clap clap* How brilliant was that"
Mum – Hmmm…that was different…