I have been waiting a while for this movie to be released to DVD since i missed it in the cinemas. I have heard nothing but good when it comes to this movie. I however was told to read the book because it was much better.
This question goes out to everyone who has read the book and has seen the movie as well. Which is in fact better?
Also what did everyone think of this movie? Without spoilers of course. I personally enjoyed most of it. Wasn't to happy about the ending though.
I read all 3 in the weeks coming up to the premier and it was pretty awesome. Also, in my opinion, the cast itself is pretty stacked and its just going to get better. The movie is 2 and a half hours long, but it felt like it was maybe an hour because it just keeps going and never lets you down until the very end of the movie. So much fun.
I watched the move without having read the books, and frankly I was slightly disappointed. I thought that the story was interesting, but that the dystopian world was poorly explained and badly represented. However, if you're just looking for an action movie that's kinda mindless, then it's quite a good film. It's very good entertainment, but it leaves me slightly underwhelmed by the political backstory
I thought they had good actors for the movie, but if I didn't read the books, it would have made a lot less sense, they should have done more backstory in the beginning of the movie in my opinion, the beginning seemed rushed, but it was an amazing movie in my opinion.
I found that the movie didn't capture the chemistry between the characters well at all. All very superficial twilight style "I like this guy but I don't know if I like this guy" shit. And as usual there are some major liberties taken with the story line, which feels far more fleshed out and much more structured in the books (Well, books 1 and 2 anyways). It's always goes back to the fact movies will never be as good as the books because every single person will interpret the books differently and take something away from it.
For me the movie sucked a lot. It felt like another Twilight like movie in terms of making the whole point on three people who can't figure out their feeling to each other rather then developing good story.
I think the movie mostly suffers from not hearing what Katniss is thinking. The books are very internalized in that Katniss narrates everything. The only way the movie can do that is through physical movements and the camera showing you what she's looking that, which is hard if people aren't paying attention or don't care. The violence is also a factor, but it's understandable given the core audience of the film.
There are a lot of things from the book that are hard to transfer (well) onto film, like Katniss' thoughts, and there were some things left out/wrong like the beasts and the pin, but on the whole honestly I thought it was good. It captured the intensity of the games, and the insight into the game makers side of it all was cool, and also just the way they portrayed the capital was so spot on, and really intricate. I think they really captured the world well with the costumes and the glamor. The cinematography was also really really good for the most part and was able to capture Katniss' emotions on whats happening, like especially with the scene at the start of the games (with the audio ringing/silence), or the tributes and their outfits, idk I just thought it was good. For the most part it was true to the book, and I really appreciate it, and things they changed I can understand because it's a long movie (though I don't know what they'll end up doing with Madge for the future but..)
I didn't see it in 3D, but I know what you mean about the shaky camera stuff. Shaky cam shots work well for the games because it's supposed to be chaotic, but I couldn't help but notice how it was overused in the beginning of the movie in district 12. It both undermines the effect if it's used a lot and just is visually upsetting
I've literally just rewatched this film and I thought the exact same thing. I wonder if they were using it to try and emphasise how poor the area is, but it was really just uncomfortable to watch and actually took away from the shots that could actually give you a good impression of the area, simply because you couldn't see them properly!
Obviously bits are lost from book to movie but I like the scenes they made up to cover that, like the conversations between Snow and Seneca, that weren't in the book but give a bit more understanding of the situation. I actually like film-Katniss more than book-Katniss. She's written super whiny in the book. But then she's a teenage girl being sent to fight for her life so I suppose you can forgive her for feeling hard done by.