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From what you read what you think waboman?

The book is pretty awesome. It's hard to put down. I can't wait to see these characters come to life on the big screen. This movie should be off da hook.

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The book is pretty awesome. It's hard to put down. I can't wait to see these characters come to life on the big screen. This movie should be off da hook.

Well then waboman going by the reviews on Rt and here i guess it should be as you say " off da hook."

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Well then waboman going by the reviews on Rt and here i guess it should be as you say " off da hook."

Lol. I was thinking of a good "down under" euphemism. How about this: This movie will be throw another shrimp on the barbie, and open a can of Fosters good.

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Lol. I was thinking of a good "down under" euphemism. How about this: This movie will be throw another shrimp on the barbie, and open a can of Fosters good.

Well that says it all then lol

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Thanks Pokekevin. You can watch this in a regular theater. The IMAX sound would be great, but an image that big with that much motion... Not the best recipe.

Mr. Wally, this one is not in 3D, only 2D.

weird. i saw a 3d trailer earlier somewhere on the internet when checking out this flick.
looks like this is the opposite of john carter.

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weird. i saw a 3d trailer earlier somewhere on the internet when checking out this flick.
looks like this is the opposite of john carter.

Might have been a trailer before a 3D movie.

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According to an email I got the hunger games will only be showing in imax for a week at amc's. What's up with that

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The "real" IMAX by me will still be showing John Carter. While I enjoyed JC, I'd like to see the Games at the 'Max.

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My 12-year-old son begged me to take him to the midnight showing last night. Since I loved the books as well, I indulged him.

It is a phenomenal piece of cinema. It captures the major character and story beats of the book without losing much in the inevitable eliding process that comes with book-to-film adaptations.

The good:
  • Followed the book well. Made no unnecessary additions and was true to the characters
  • Acting was great. In particular Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, and Stanley Tucci, who were all mesmerizing when on screen. Need more Cinna!
  • Production design was good. I'm still not a fan of the 1920s era Appalachian look for District 12, at least without some explanation of how it came to be that (I always want to know how we got there from here when reading or watching future SF), but that's a minor quibble and one I had with the book as well.

The not so good:
  • Gale is too contemporary looking and stands out. He looks like he just walked out of a Hollister photo shoot. The one slightly jarring bit of miscasting, IMO.
  • I never really got the sense of District 12 inhabitants living on the edge of near-starvation, or just how crushing life could be for them. A minor quibble, but it plays into Katniss's motivations. She pleads with Gale not to let her mom and sister starve, but that's about it, and we never see it or feel it in any real way.
  • Shakycam is really bad in parts, especially at the beginning. I wanted to shout at the screen, "Hold the goddamn camera steady, already!" I despise this aesthetic and wish it would die, die, die!
  • Action scenes are largely shot to be incomprehensible. I am wondering if this is in part to keep a PG-13 rating in the scenes of kids killing kids, but it still sucks.

If you read the books, I think you'll love it, minor quibbles aside. This is as good as the better Harry Potter adaptations. If you haven't read the books, I think you'll be surprised at how good the movie is.

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[*]Action scenes are largely shot to be incomprehensible. I am wondering if this is in part to keep a PG-13 rating in the scenes of kids killing kids, but it still sucks.

My wife read all 3 on the recommendation of her teenage niece. Loved them. And she is stoked like a Star Wars geek at the opening of this film. BUt she did mention after reading a few reviews that the shakycam business was surely done in part to keep this thing 'tween-friendly. I have not read the books, but the missus said there are some fairly gruesome bits that might go beyond PG-13 had they been properly depicted on screen.

I personally just have a massively innappropriate crush on Jennifer Lawrence, so I'm in.

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Great review David F. I whole heartedly agree on all points. I too wish there was a bit of backstory telling us how North America got to that state. And the shaky camera is ridiculous.

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My wife read all 3 on the recommendation of her teenage niece. Loved them. And she is stoked like a Star Wars geek at the opening of this film. BUt she did mention after reading a few reviews that the shakycam business was surely done in part to keep this thing 'tween-friendly. I have not read the books, but the missus said there are some fairly gruesome bits that might go beyond PG-13 had they been properly depicted on screen.

I personally just have a massively innappropriate crush on Jennifer Lawrence, so I'm in.

Hey, I've got the same crush. When she's dolled up a few times in the Capitol ... wow!

There are two distinct things here that I maybe wasn't completely clear about. There is a shakycam that is wholly inappropriate early in the movie when we first see District 12. It's like the camera guy was drunk and stumbling around the set. There's no action here. It's just shaky camera work for no discernible reason while people walk around the streets, and it is not subtle. That's one of those directorial choices that leaves me shaking (no pun intended) my head. It's like Ross was trying to insert some kind of found footage aesthetic into the film. I despised it, but fortunately it didn't last too long. But since it wasn't continually used, I have no idea why it was there in the first place. I guess the camera guy sobered up.

With the Games themselves, the fights between Tributes are staged in a largely incomprehensible way, which includes both shaky cams, extreme close-ups that do not include the action occurring at that moment (for example, focusing on a Tribute's face who is murdering someone just off camera), and very quick edits to "disguise" the action. That's what I figured was done to keep it PG-13. But it's not the shaky cam I was referring to.

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Hey, I've got the same crush. When she's dolled up a few times in the Capitol ... wow!

Ms Lawrence had my full attention once she appeared naked & covered head to toe w/ scaley blue paint in the last X-Men movie.

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Actually saw it on opening day. I haven't read the books but intend to. It could have been better, but it was a good film, and parts of it were quite exciting. I'll wager they shot a lot more and had to cut it down to get it under the usually manditory under two-and-a-half hour limit. Plus, the shakey camera business is annoying as it rendered the fights incomprehensible, but as mentioned above it was also most likely manditory to get the PG-13 rating. It is sure to make a great deal of money.

And it may help viewers to appreciate the looney nature of the present day and what passes for entertainment. It may end up being more subversive than lots of people would like.

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Actually saw it on opening day. I haven't read the books but intend to. It could have been better, but it was a good film, and parts of it were quite exciting. I'll wager they shot a lot more and had to cut it down to get it under the usually manditory under two-and-a-half hour limit. Plus, the shakey camera business is annoying as it rendered the fights incomprehensible, but as mentioned above it was also most likely manditory to get the PG-13 rating. It is sure to make a great deal of money.

And it may help viewers to appreciate the looney nature of the present day and what passes for entertainment. It may end up being more subversive than lots of people would like.

Uhh, you might be a little more prescient than you might think:
http://www.cracked.com/blog/an-apolo...-hunger-games/

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Saw The Hunger Games today at a brand new digital IMAX house. The presentation was state of the art but the film's seemingly unending use of extreme closeups and the shaky cam technique often took me out of the story. It was so bad that I downgraded a film, which I might otherwise have rated at 9 Stars out of 10, to 7 Stars out of 10.

Now to the good stuff. The story was taut and mostly true to the book. Despite its 142 minutes runtime, the movie never dragged. The major difference I saw between the screenplay and the book was an improvement, I thought. Those of you who read the book will immediately understand what I mean. The scene in which we last saw little Rue was just as powerful and moving on the screen as it had been in the book.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss was mesmerizing and Woody Harrelson as the drunken but savvy Haymitch was terrific too. I also enjoyed Elizabeth Banks' comic turn as the earnest but clueless Effie Trinket.
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Saw The Hunger Games today at a brand new digital IMAX house. The presentation was state of the art but the film's seemingly unending use of extreme closeups and the shaky cam technique often took me out of the story. It was so bad that I downgraded a film, which I might otherwise have rated at 9 Stars out of 10, to 7 Stars out of 10.

Thanx for the heads-up.
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Thanx for the heads-up.
Just can't abide that style of "filmmaking."

I have already decided NOT to pay for a theater ticket, might rent the BD someday.

same here Oink ,
thanx Guys saved me from even wanting to watch this film, screw Shaky Cam ... when are these ppl gonna learn that it just does not ADD DRAMA ! Faux Doco-drama sucks it takes away from the scene doesn't add to it ! Ever since "Blair Witch Hunt" it sucked then & it sucks now ... I M H O

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Saw The Hunger Games today at a brand new digital IMAX house. The presentation was state of the art but the film's seemingly unending use of extreme closeups and the shaky cam technique often took me out of the story. It was so bad that I downgraded a film, which I might otherwise have rated at 9 Stars out of 10, to 7 Stars out of 10.

Now to the good stuff. The story was taut and mostly true to the book. Despite its 142 minutes runtime, the movie never dragged. The major difference I saw between the screenplay and the book was an improvement, I thought. Those of you who read the book will immediately understand what I mean. The scene in which we last saw little Rue was just as powerful and moving on the screen as it had been in the book.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss was mesmerizing and Woody Harrelson as the drunken but savvy Haymitch was terrific too. I also enjoyed Elizabeth Banks' comic turn as the earnest but clueless Effie Trinket.

Thanks for the review gwsat. Shame about the shaky camera. Ill still go and see it regardless.

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Thanx for the heads-up.
Just can't abide that style of "filmmaking."

I have already decided NOT to pay for a theater ticket, might rent the BD someday.

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same here Oink ,
thanx Guys saved me from even wanting to watch this film, screw Shaky Cam ... when are these ppl gonna learn that it just does not ADD DRAMA ! Faux Doco-drama sucks it takes away from the scene doesn't add to it ! Ever since "Blair Witch Hunt" it sucked then & it sucks now ... I M H O

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Hey waboman how was the movie?

Overall I really liked it. I can't believe how fast that 142 minutes went. Just having finished the book literally an hour before the movie, I thought they did a good job of bringing it to the big screen. My one big caveat is the damn shaky cam. Why movie makers shoot like this boggles me. If they think it adds realism, it does quite the opposite and takes me out of the movie. To be fair, this may be an age related thing. Both my wife and I hated the shaky cam. My kids OTOH, didn't mind it at all. Go figure.

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Overall I really liked it. I can't believe how fast that 142 minutes went. Just having finished the book literally an hour before the movie, I thought they did a good job of bringing it to the big screen. My one big caveat is the damn shaky cam. Why movie makers shoot like this boggles me. If they think it adds realism, it does quite the opposite and takes me out of the movie. To be fair, this may be an age related thing. Both my wife and I hated the shaky cam. My kids OTOH, didn't mind it at all. Go figure.

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Saw it last night. Overall very good. They made some changes I did not like, some I did like. Some of the omissions will impact the next movie however. Harder than I thought to fit a book into a movie as it felt very compressed.

JL was excellent as Katniss. A lesser actress could have ruined the entire movie as she is in nearly every scene. The shaky cam did not really bother me, not sure what all the fuss is about.

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