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So this is more of a “my impressions” review than a straight review. Proceed with caution, because I’m assuming you’ve read the books.
- I loved the settings, especially district 12 and the arena. They reminded me a lot of the area around Pickerington, OH, where I’ve grown up. You drive twenty, thirty minutes, and you’re in the foothills of the Appalachians (and Appalachia, if you’re going to SE Ohio). This is exactly as I pictured it when I was reading, since District I2 is, essentially, in Appalachian America. I felt like I was in my own backyard.
- I thought the Capitol was pretty neat. I liked how they took ideas like the National Mall and implemented it as part of Panem’s capitol.
- Loved how the POV was broadened to include the game makers, the citizens watching at home (ohhh, especially Gale watching Katniss and Peeta kiss!), and interactions with Haymitch and the sponsors, and seeing President Snow.
- I was REALLY happy with the ending. I was hoping they wouldn’t leave us with Katniss and Peeta being mad at each other, like they do in the books. (Well, OK, actually Peeta miffed at Katniss…)
- I cried. That makes only the their movie in my ENTIRE LIFE where I’ve cried watching it. I cried when Katniss and Prim said goodbye, and when Rue died. Oh, man.
- THe actress who plays Prim (Willow something)—fantastic. Pitch-perfect.
- I thought all the casting was really well done. Josh H.—> adorable! Wow. I just wanted a lot more Peeta. 🙂
- The Mutts—I was angry when the game makers came up with those. And I even knew they were coming! The film does a great job of bringing home the savagery of the games.
- The crazy camera work annoyed me. I was glad for some steadicam! I know that the effect was probably supposed to be showing us Katniss’ POV, but wow, it was a little dizzying. Let’s have less of that next time, please.
- Katniss’ final interview dress was gorgeous! Loved that color on her.
- The orchestral soundtrack was excellent. I would love to have that. It really captured the moments of the film well.
- Did they ask Jennifer Lawrence if she could sing? I thought she did a nice job, but I remembered how her voice was what got Peeta when they were kids, and there is more singing in the next few books, so I just wondered. (This is my vocalist mindset coming out.)
- I especially liked how the filmmakers explained things without it being ridiculously “bashing over the head” in obviousness. For example, a film instead of the Treaty of Treason being read, and Caesar’s commentary during the games. Well done.
- Can’t wait to see it again. 🙂