All of you should know that the four of us couldn't possibly make it past opening weekend with heading to the theater to catch the premier of The Hunger Games. And as you should all have divined, we each had our own very emotional and very personal reactions to the film; which, we will proceed to share with the entire world here on Victorian Swag. You don't have to agree with our thoughts and postulations but you must promise to take them to heart when either seeing the film or analyzing your own recent Hunger Games experience.
Sarah's Reaction - The Cautious Optimist:I was both highly excited and highly nervous about seeingThe Hunger Gamesthis past weekend. It was the old emotional roller coaster of "Oh! I can't wait to see this! I loved the book!" and "I loved the book! I hope they don't screw it up!" I don't envy the pressure that those poor actors were under to portray such characters. I was pleasantly surprised by how well acted and true to the book the movie was. I was even won over by Josh Hutcherson (which is saying a lot considering his casting was the most...unlike what I had in mind, I guess). Seriously, how could you not love him after his interview?
Sally's Reaction - The Negative Nancy: Surprise, surprise, yet another movie fails to replicate the awesome-sauce treat that was reading the original text. I realize we're talking about tweens and teens in aGladiatormeetsJungle Bookfight to the death here, but a shaky killing montage at the Cornucopia... REALLY? So much for suspense, realism, or, hey, even conveying what characters are going through (I'm talking to you, lack of explanation for Peeta's "betrayal" joining the careers in the arena!!!). While individually I loved Katniss and Peeta, which was a surprise considering how dead set against Josh Hutcherson I had been (I get v. protective over my fictional boyfriends, alright? at least I admit I have a problem), together they just... ohhh... did I just come to on my fainting couch after a boredom-induced chemistry-free napping sneak attack and not actual swooning? That's so not cool, but I'll just sit here and stare at Gale's flawless face till I'm filled with enough sappy FEELINGS to get over my general hey-that-was-a-letdown-WTF melancholy... because... I really like his face, ok?
Ali's Reaction - The Emotionally Underwhelmed: Well, I didn't hate it; I'll go as far as to say that I liked it. There were few highly offensive plot changes and overall they did a pretty good job of visually conceptualizing the scenery and the characters, but I have to admit that it did not live up to my extremely high expectations (and I even tried to lower them this time knowing that no one could ever possibly reach them after reading the book). I will applaud the film for it's loads-better-than-it-could-have-been acting (I've got to give JL and JH some mad props for their KE and PM portrayals); however, I weep for the fact that it did not hold a candle to the amount of drama, suspense and shear TERROR created by its printed word version. Don't get me wrong, I was highly entertained for those extremely short 144 minutes and found myself covering my eyes and cringing in my seat at certain points. What I am saying is that I needed 144 minutes of life-or-death-swoon-inducing, can't-open-my- eyes-because-they-are-about-to-stab-someone-in-the-face-goodness (did that come out wrong?) and in the end it didn't deliver. Sally so aptly pointed out the lack of bloodshed at the cornucopia and I couldn't agree more; I felt they dumbed the movie (and the violence) down for the perceived audience. Is it worth watching? HECK TO THE YES! But I must admit that I am left sweeping my shattered expectations up off the floor and trying to convince myself that I loved instead of liked it.
Mariah's Reaction - The Standing Ovation:I need to get this out really quick: ASJKLEHSHHSSH!!!!! That's my quick one-word reaction to The Hunger Games, which I must say, exceeded my expectations. Jennifer Lawrence was PERFECT as Katniss- I might have a slight girl-crush on her now, and I was surprised with how much I liked Peeta. The scene I was most worried about, with Rue, was totally handkerchief worthy, and the score is out of this world. In other words, the film definitely had the odds in its favor.