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#21 Posted on
The reason they didn't show those things is because they made a movie, not a miniseries. You always cut a lot of the book out of the movie. It becomes a problem if there's also stuff left in that sucks.



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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.00
    Originally posted by MoeGates
    The reason they didn't show those things is because they made a movie, not a miniseries. You always cut a lot of the book out of the movie. It becomes a problem if there's also stuff left in that sucks.


But the 2 parachuting things I mentioned, in my opinion, NEEDED to be in there
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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
    Originally posted by ecwfan4life2004
      Originally posted by MoeGates
      The reason they didn't show those things is because they made a movie, not a miniseries. You always cut a lot of the book out of the movie. It becomes a problem if there's also stuff left in that sucks.


    But the 2 parachuting things I mentioned, in my opinion, NEEDED to be in there


I disagree. Seeing District 11 salute Katniss back more than makes up for the lack of bread. I loved that moment and it's an improvement on the book, which has some limitations being from Katniss' perspective.

The sleep syrup is a minor matter. To cut for time, it's believable enough that Peeta would just sleep through the morning due to exhaustion/stress, etc.




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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.45
I think the book did a better job stressing what a long shot Katniss/District 12 was to win, as Haymitch was their only winner in 74 years. ( I had pictured him older and grayer, but Woody was fine)

My only confusion was when the boy from District 11 thanked Katniss by saying "This is for Rue". If he was busy in the game trying to survive, how would he have knowledge of her friendship and kindness toward Rue?
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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.67
Because the girl who was about to kill Katniss was gloating about how "they" killed her friend Rue, not realizing that the boy from 11 was behind her.

(Keep in mind that he was probably also pissed because with the rules change he probably realized that if Rue had been alive, they would have formed a great team and he might have been able to save her.)



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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.97
Great, great film that lived up to the hype. I do wish they had left Madge in the movie and had her give Katniss the Morningjay pin, but it's a very minor point. Jennifer Lawrence was amazing, and I really like the girl that played Rue.

Bring on movie two (although book two was, IMO, easily the weakest of the three books).



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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.68
    Originally posted by CruelAngel777
    Maybe it's just me, but this movie looks like a prettier version of Battle Royale judging by the trailer.



I found the movie dull, droll, and lacking compared to Battle Royale. It also harkened back to the Running Man, which again, was a better movie.

I might be in the total minority, but I found myself checking my watch every so often while watching it.

Great job of world building, zero resolution. And, any movie I pay $10 to see when one of the themes is 'take caution in your entertainment' makes me feel dumb after I've watched it and thought the violent parts were cool.



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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.85
Never read the book series or even heard about this until I saw the trailer. My impression was that was some cheap dumb throwaway thing (and truth be known, the first half DOES look and feel like a Corman flick).

Then the theater group I do a website for planned a midnight show and was making a really big deal out of it. And I was like "Huh?"

Then the hype turned up and I quickly learned this was a really big deal to a lot of people.

So I did go see it, and I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed it. It's the first movie release of the year I wouldn't mind seeing again.
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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.15
Gary Ross reportedly not returning to direct Catching Fire. (empireonline.com)

A shame, though I do have some qualms about some of the stuff he did in shooting The Hunger Games. The Alfonso Cuaron name drop is intriguing and I'd flip for him directing Catching Fire, but isn't Cuaron still in production on Gravity?

Interesting too that Matthew Vaughn and X-Men: First Class 2 moved their shoot to January to allow Catching Fire to shoot with Jennifer Lawrence in the fall before she slathers on the blue paint again as Mystique.

Whoever does step into Catching Fire is pretty much guaranteed to helm a mega-blockbuster.

Oops, everyone, including what I linked to, was wrong. Gary Ross has NOT left Catching Fire. (deadline.com)

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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.26
    Originally posted by ecwfan4life2004
    To be honest, I was kinda disappointed. The very 1st thing I was upset they didnt show that was in the book was the character of Haymitch (played BRILLIANTLY by Woody Harrelson) falling off the stage, I wish they would have put that in there.

    They didnt show district 11's delivery of the bread to Katniss to say thank you for taking care of Rue and laying her to rest so beautifully.
I saw this yesterday, and we all enjoyed it. We agreed that is was true to the book enough.
    Originally posted by ecwfan4life2004
    To be honest, I was kinda disappointed. The very 1st thing I was upset they didnt show that was in the book was the character of Haymitch (played BRILLIANTLY by Woody Harrelson) falling off the stage, I wish they would have put that in there.
I agree with this. In the book, the character was known to be constantly inebriated because of the horrors he lived through during/surrounding his own victory, so the little they showed of him drunk changed (IMO) how one would view Haymitch. As far as the bread delivery, I think the writers decided that it was more important to show/tease the D11 uprising than to further convey their gratitude.
    Originally posted by Lexus
    I found the movie dull, droll, and lacking compared to Battle Royale. It also harkened back to the Running Man, which again, was a better movie.
This is total blasphemy, as The Running Man might be the worst book-to-movie adaptation in history. HISTORY, I say!

FWIW, I enjoyed the second and third books. I think that I could see Catching Fire broken up into two movies, more than The MockingJay. I haven't seen Battle Royale (will check it out, though), but THG reminded me a lot of The Long Walk, written by Stephen King back in the late sixties (published as Bachman in '79).
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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.39




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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.16
Breaking: Gary Ross not directing Catching Fire after all! (deadline.com) WTF?



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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.67
Gary Ross: As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule.

Since he is walking away from a boatload of cash, I think we have to take him at his word.





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#34 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.15
Looks like it'll be Francis Lawrence (deadline.com) whom Lionsgate picked to direct Catching Fire. A choice I'm happier and more excited about than when Gary Ross was announced for The Hunger Games. I like Francis Lawrence's movies Constantine and I Am Legend (I've not seen Water for Elephants) and I really liked his TV series KINGS. I think he's a good fit for multi-genre of The Hunger Games.



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#35 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.54
I like that the movie took its time and really built up this world, rather than just make it wall-to-wall action. We were halfway through before The Hunger Games actually began, which was a great opportunity for character-building.

Damn, that was Elizabeth Banks?



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