Originally Posted by jwebb1970
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.