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Spend Your Money/Save Your Money Movie Review: The Hunger Games

Miss me guys? To be honest, there really haven’t been any movies I’ve wanted to spend my money on…so I’ve been absent for a little bit…but I’m back! I have been waiting for this movie for a long time and after reading the book for the fourth time, the hubs and I headed to wait in line for the midnight premiere.

I loved this book. I had VERY high expectations for this movie…especially after watching the trailers…I will say that Jennifer Lawrence was great as Katniss…which is huge. As for the rest of the movie, well…read on

Question time!

“What is the movie about?” – In the not too distant future somewhere in time and space, the country of Panem is divided into 12 districts and a Capitol. As punishment for rebelling years ago, each district has to send one girl and one boy between the ages of 12-18 to participate in The Hunger Games. These participants are called tributes.  The Hunger Games pits each child against each other in an arena where the children have to survive and kill each other. The last tribute standing is the winner and they, as well as their home district, will be given food and money. Katniss’ little sister, Prim, is selected as tribute and Katniss volunteers to take her place in the games. The rest of the story details the process of getting to the games and how the tributes fare throughout.

“Is this movie part of a series?” – They have already started pre-production on the next movie. Keeping up with the recent Hollywood trend, this three book series will be divided into four movies, splitting the final book into two movies…which, in my opinion, is unnecessary, but they didn’t ask me. The remaining books in the series are Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

“Does it stay true to the book?” –  In a way, yes. It follows many of the parts of the books…much better than epic movie-adaption failures like Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (still super angry about that one), but one of my biggest pet peeves is when Hollywood feels the need to ADD things to a movie that were not in the book. For example, in the movie, President Snow (the president of Panem) and Seneca Crane (the head Gamemaker) are in this movie throughout and are pinpointing Katniss as enemy number one, targeting her specifically in the games with events meant to kill her. This SO is not how it went down in the book, and I feel like it cheapened the games themselves…they are terrible on their own, they didn’t need an evil president behind the scenes making it worse by having him focus on one possibly rebellious girl. I have more rants about this, but to keep from posting spoilers for those who haven’t read the book, I’m gonna put my grievances in a separate post. Being a book purist as well as a movie freak is a hard life.

“Wait, don’t I know that actor from somewhere?” – Beyond the obvious faces of Stanley Tucci from movies like The Devil Wears Prada, Elizabeth Banks from 40-Year-Old Virgin, Woody Harrelson from Zombieland and Jennifer Lawrence from X-Men: First Class, a few other actors might jog your memory. Seneca Crane is played by Wes Bentley, who was the bad guy from P2. Peeta is played by Josh Hutcherson from The Kids are All Right and Gale is played by Liam Hemsworth (Thor’s little brother), probably best known right now as Miley Cyrus’ boyfriend.

“Anything I should know going in?” – I think that the violence is pretty toned down…the book has a lot of killing scenes and there’s probably 3-4 that I can remember from the movie…I also think the violence is hidden enough that younger kiddos might not even notice it. Also, if you are a person who gets motion-sickness, this movie is filmed with a little of a documentary feeling to it, so in the arena you’ll experience some bumpy camera shots. There were two times my husband had to look down for a few minutes to feel better.

“Anything that annoyed the heck out of you?” – Again, I have a few things I need to rant about, but I’ll do it in another post. There were no blatant accent problems here, so that was good cuz I sure was listening closely to Gale to see if the Aussie slipped out.

The movie was good. It was. I wish they hadn’t added the things they added, and there were some people, events that I really missed (Madge? Where are you?) but it was interesting and engaging and fun to watch.

Spend or Save? Absolutely a spend. This is gonna be a huge movie franchise, so might as well jump on board now…it’s a very interesting and different story and Catching Fire will be a great movie too, so I’m looking forward to where they take the series. My advice? If you haven’t read the book by now, go to the movie first. Watch it, enjoy it. THEN, get the book and read it. You’ll see what I mean. Happy Hunger Games!

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Dissecting the Hunger Games Trailer

Is it March 23rd yet? No? Dang it. I cannot WAIT for this movie to come out…I’ve read the trilogy and am OBSESSED with the first book. It’s so well-written, such a great story and is one of those books you just can’t put down.

Now, I realize that not everyone out there has my same obsession. Many people are probably wondering what all the hype is about. Allow me to help. Watch the preview below. At different parts of the preview, I’ll give you some insight on what is going on…maybe this will help everyone to get excited!

:13 – Meet Katniss Everdeen. She lives in District 12, which is a part of Panem…a country that sprung up in a land formerly known as North America. The hottie she’s with is Gale…her friend…and maybe something more? They hunt illegally together in order to feed their families

:24 – The scary aircraft you see? That’s the police, essentially. They’re trying to catch people who are outside of the fences, trying to escape.

:33 – In Panem, every year there is a lottery of sorts…each district has to send one girl and one boy to The Hunger Games…these children will literally fight to the death until there is one left. The children competing are called Tributes. Whichever district the winning tribute comes from will receive food, money and other luxuries for a year. The woman calling the names is Effie Trinket.

:46 – Meet Primrose, Katniss’ sister. Prim is scared (naturally) but since she is young, she only has her name in the drawing once. Of course, Prim’s name is called…and Katniss volunteers to take her place. I’m not gonna lie, this scene gets me EVERY SINGLE TIME I watch it.

1:10 – Meet Peeta Mellark, chosen as the male tribute. Katniss is not thrilled with this since she kinda owes Peeta her life.

1:23 – The Capitol. This is where the rich people live. These people do not have to send their children to The Hunger Games.

1:26 – Each tribute has to be made beautiful…they have to try and make an impression on people because they can be sent helpful gifts while in The Hunger Games that can help them win. The more people like you, the more help you’ll get.

1:28 – Meet Cinna. He’s assigned to help Katniss with her look and her presentation to the audience. He comes up with concept of making her “The Girl on Fire”.

1:33 – Meet President Snow. He’s the bad guy. You won’t see a ton of him in this movie…but remember him for later.

1:40 – Meet Rue. You’ll fall in love with her. Sorry.

1:41 – Meet Cato. Big tribute. Katniss’ main competition.

1:42 –  The tributes get to train how to use various weapons and survival techniques before they actually enter The Hunger Games. At about 1:55 you can see that Katniss is awesome at archery…which is super important!

1:50 – Meet Haymitch…District 12’s only Hunger Games winner. He acts as a mentor to Katniss and Peeta. He’s also a drunk. So naturally, he’s played by Woody Harrelson.

2:09 – The Mockingjay Pin. The Mockingjay is a sign of rebellion to The Capitol. This pin that Katniss has will become SUPER important later on in the series…so keep an eye on it!

2:12 – Not gonna tell you EXACTLY what’s going on here, because I don’t want to give a major scene away, but this is a symbol of respect and is ALSO a very important part of the story and Katniss’ character.

2:17 – Awesome. The tributes each start out in a tube and have to stand on the platform until time is out. They don’t really show this, but the platforms are surrounding a pile of weapons, tools and other goods that can be beneficial to the tributes. The tributes have to decide if they want to risk going for something in the pile, or if they want to take off for safety. Can’t wait for this scene!

Can’t wait for this movie! Got questions about The Hunger Games? Ask me in the comments!