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I went and saw The Hunger Games, and good god I should always see movies on Sunday mornings. There's no people! The help is cheerful! It's awesome!

So I have a ridiculous amount of Feelings about this book, and thus I am utterly incapable of being objective about anything regarding it. I watched the first trailer and I started crying, so, yes, I was probably going to enjoy it regardless. But as always with film adaptations, I was wary that it wouldn't stay true to the spirit of the book. Thankfully, that was something I didn't need to worry about (Having Suzanne Collins around to adapt the screenplay and giving her a co-executive producer credit certainly helped, I'm sure.)

Um, thoughts:
  • The movie benefits a lot from being pulled out of Katniss's head, and it makes the worldbuilding much stronger. Moar of this, plz.
  • The actor who plays Gale has amazing eyelashes. I want them.
  • Panem looks a lot like Vancouver, BC, and that somehow seems appropriate, heh.
  • CINNA. Oh god, Cinna. I was initially quite dubious about Lenny Kravitz being cast in the role, but I take it all back. I loved Cinna in the books, and I love him so hard in the movie it's ridiculous. But I kept watching him and thinking ahead to Catching Fire and oh god. :(
  • RUE. It was a pretty emotional crowd in the theater already (I heard quite a bit of sniffling during the Reaping scene), and I would be very surprised if there was a dry eye in the house when she died. And then they started showing the rioting in District 11 and I just fucking lost it. And then there was more Katniss crying and, and, aughhhhh. I'm still kind of disappointed they didn't keep the scene in with District 11's tribute going to Katniss, but I guess they needed more Foreshadowing or something, I guess.
  • I did not expect to find Seneca Crane quite as interesting as I did. SOMEBODY WRITE ME ALL THE FIC PLZ.

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Date: 2012-04-09 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] roaratorio
CINNA. Oh god, Cinna. I was initially quite dubious about Lenny Kravitz being cast in the role, but I take it all back. I loved Cinna in the books, and I love him so hard in the movie it's ridiculous. But I kept watching him and thinking ahead to Catching Fire and oh god. :(

I was dubious too, only having known Lenny Kravitz as a singer, not an actor. Then I watched him in Precious and I was like "he is going to knock Cinna out of the PARK." And he totally did. Plus he's pretty hot with the gold eyeliner. XD

I did not expect to find Seneca Crane quite as interesting as I did.

Obviously it was the beard.

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Date: 2012-04-15 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] roaratorio
I don't think I made that assumption about Cinna (though I certainly have at other times, sadly) just because I didn't get a sense that gay/straight stereotypical roles were necessarily the same in post-apocalyptic Panem. (It wasn't really addressed, if I remember rightly?) That said, I saw an very interesting interview with Lenny Kravitz in which he basically said Cinna could be any orientation -- sure, he can be read as gay, but also not.

Thanks for linking me to that Malinda Lo post! She's someone I've always liked and I keep meaning to read more of her than the odd essay I'm linked to. This is just another reminder. :D