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From Book To Movie – Mockingjay Part 1

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Title: Mockingjay Part 1

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction

Rating: 5 Star

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4

Book Series Reviews: 123

Description/Synopsis:

When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I absolutely loved everything about this movie. I am going to assume everyone reading this review has already seen the movie or read the book so this will be your one and only spoiler warning. Towards the end will contain spoilers, you have been warned.

I don’t know about you guys, but when they announced that this last movie was being split up into two parts I was so happy. Some people where annoyed by this because they think that every series ever is now splitting things up into sections because Harry Potter did it, but I don’t think this is just a way to milk the series longer. The last book was not the best one, it was by far the worst in the entire series. You kind of felt rushed the entire time and it did not flow correctly. Lots of new random capital kind of things happen and when I read the book after the first movie came out my first thought was that there was no way they were going to fit that books story into one movie when the book was barely long enough to tell it correctly.

And I was so happy with what I got. I went and saw the movie in its opening week, and after the first few days I had heard from people who had not read the books that it was the worst movie so far and a lot of them did not like it. How pleased I was to find that I think they are all wrong and I actually think its my favourite so far. The first part of the book was slow because it has a lot of build up to the second half, so to those expecting fighting non stop like in the first two be aware that that is not what you are going to get. This part of the movie deals with how the first two games have affected everyone and the lead up to bringing down the capital in the next part.

There were very few changes to the overall story in this movie compared to the book. I have always loved the changes where they show things that are happening in the capital and the other districts that you didn’t get to in the books because Katniss was not there a lot of the time. I enjoy seeing the effect. I also loved the talks between Coin and Plutarch and their reasons for while they let Katnis do all the things she does like go back and visit district 12. I was sad that Finnick was not in their as much as I wanted him to be, but the moments we did get were both sad and touching at the same time. I also loved the inclusion of Effie throughout the movie and little comical tidbits. The part where Plutarch is telling her her door is not locked and she can come and go as she pleases but still acts as though she is in prison is great. It has always bothered me that her father is never mentioned considering that he was such a big part of everything she does, but I get why he is not there. Another thing we got that I was not really expecting was that they humanised Coin a bit and made us see her in a more lighter and sadder way. She still has to die so I am interested in how they are going to make that come full circle.

The things that were the same were all exactly what I wanted from them. Katniss was so so broken is was amazing, and the fact that the wig made her look a little ‘wrong’ I think made the effect better. I couldn’t not see the wig though. I also loved every moment with the cat, when it gets shoved into the bag was amazing. I think the entire theatre laughed there. I loved our moments with Haymitch as well even though he is notmy most favourite person anymore. When he shows up at Katniss’s horrible propo, and then when she breaks down with him after she realises what they are doing to Peeta because she keeps fighting back.

I think the part where Katniss sings The Hanging Tree was the best part of the entire movie. Jen did an amazing job. She doesn’t have a voice that I would describe as one that the birds would stop singing so that they could listen to her, but it was powerful and really captured the moment. I don’t know if I like the lyric change of ‘necklace of rope’ to ‘necklace of hope,’ but I suppose it was a little bit too obviously about death for the younger people if they started sing about necklaces of rope in a hanging tree, and a necklace of hope can have the same meaning so I guess it still all works. When we cut from Katniss singing to… district 5? singing the words with her heading to blow up the damn despite the fact they all know they are going to die if they do it was so well done. I also liked how Katniss singing was spliced into that final communication with the capital and Peeta looks a mess then hears her singing and starts crying and then warns them about the attack. I think this was a nice touch because Peeta had always loved to listen to her sing.

We can all take a guess as to where the movie ends. I really thought it was all over when they bashed the back of his head and everything black. I suppose that would have been a really nasty cliff hanger for those who don’t know what is coming however so they gave us a tiny bit more with much struggling and being tied down.

And there we have it folks. I loved this moving, actually really want to go see it again and I have been listening to The Hanging Tree on repeat since I saw it. This movie seems like it is going to be a far better presented and developed ending to the series. I think waiting a year might just kill me even if I am not ready for that level of sadness is my life.

 

Till Next Time…

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Possible Book To Movie – Frostbite Funding

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Hmmm.

Well today my friends I come to with the need to share some news and have that news shared by as many of you as humanly possible.

The producers who turned the beloved Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, into a not so beloved movie are seeking fan support and funding to turn the next book into a movie as well. They are aiming to raise $1,500,000 in fan funding by september 5th to prove that people want them to make the movie.

While support for the movie was well on target for the first two or three days, support has drastically dropped and it doesn’t really take that great big of a guess as to why. I think we all know that most people who enjoyed the books so much, were not such fans of the movie. I myself really really really tried to like it but they just tried too hard to make it funny or did things that were not needed at all that it really did put me off.

So if I didn’t like the first one why am I trying to spread the word of the fundraiser and gain support for the next book?

Because I want to believe the next one will be better.

I cannot promise the next movie will be any better than the first. Just from the brief clip at the end of the first movie you can see that things have already been changed from what we know as readers. However, just from the clip they have on the fundraising sight, and all the attention that they seem to be giving fans and the communication they are doing, I so badly wish to believe that they have learnt what they did wrong the first time round and now understand what way they should take the series.

While I am worried, so worried, that they may mar another book by producing a movie that was not up to par, I am willing to take that chance to see if my faith in the producers is worth it. I am willing to pay for that chance. I have already donated $150 and plan on doing more when I get paid next. I want to see what they do. I want to see Adrian! Don’t you guys?

I know many of you lost faith after the last one and have left the movie series and moved onto other things, giving it up for a lost cause. But we fans need you to come back and have that faith with me and the other supporters. They wont even try to do better if we can’t show them we want them to.

Donating doesn’t have to be ‘a waste of money either.’ You can pick a pack and get goodies for your money. If the money isn’t raised you shall get a refund and it will be like the whole thing never happened.

But we want it to, so give it ago. If enough people just donate $5 each we can reach our goal. So give it a chance to be better.

To contribute or check out the project just click here. Share this post or create your own so that others may do the same.

 

Till Next Time…

 

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From Book To Movie – Divergent

Title: Divergent

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance

Rating: 4.5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 123

Description/Synopsis:

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Hmmm. I have some thoughts about this movie. I enjoyed it well enough and I smiled through some parts but there were some points where I just wanted to yell at the screen cause it was all wrong. They are as follows:

  1. Character hight. Tris is supposed to be the shortest person at last in the transfers. So why oh why was she like miles higher than Christina?! Actually lets just say that Christina all up. She was horribly cast. I hate her.
  2. Tris didn’t go colder in personality as the story continued. She seemed to cry at every chance she got. She has a mental breakdown in the lunch room after all attacked her (so not the Tris we know!) and she tries to talk Will out of shooting her instead of just shooting then proceeds to have another breakdown and she totally breaks down when her mum dies, though that one didn’t bother me so much.
  3. Lack of pain. Tris, and a few other people, are suppose to just be made of bruises at some points but they barely ever got a scratch. I was so looking forward to seeing how they made Tris look after she nearly got thrown off that ledge cause that is suppose to put her back in everyones good graces but nope. They didn’t do that, she just had a tiny little scratch. But I suppose they didn’t need to bring her back into their good graces because she never left them!!!! The only person who got angry was Al. I mean really guys, you are trying to describe this world as cut throat yet they are still all lovely dovey at the same time? Doesn’t work.
  4. She barely got shot. I know you think this may fall under number 3 but I think it deserves its own spot. She isn’t really able to use that arm at all in the next book, yet she barely got a scratch from that bullet in this movie. It is also meant to be the reason why Jeanine sends her off to be killed, because she doesn’t think she will live with the amount of blood she loss, but in the movie she says she’s defective or something… which doesn’t even make sense… her being hurt would have no effect on her little mind control things or no one in the book if they got hurt would still be under her control… Stupid. Just so so stupid. You are probably expecting me to complain about about how she didn’t get put into the tub of water to die cause Jeanine made it special for her, which at first I was annoyed about, but when I think about it its ok that they were just going to go shoot her, the moment of salvation still worked.
  5. Key moment changes. Tris is the one to capture the flag, she only had 5 fears instead of 6 though thats not very big, Four isn’t computer savvy for some stupid reason and so at the end they change nearly everything! Jeanine isn’t suppose to help them! It was just so wrong. Molly was nice to Tris, she was never nice to anyone. Peter didn’t stab Edward and thusly I didn’t feel the hatred I was suppose to feel for him. He also wasn’t revealed as one of the guys that tries to kill Tris. He was just annoying the movie. Her mothers death. Though I will accept the way they did it cause it still kind of works, the moment in the book was more heartbreaking. As her mother runs off to distract and sacrifice herself she has a moment of my mother was all selfless and brave. It was beautiful. The way they went with was still touching, but not as much.

So yes, if you ignore all those things that really annoyed me I thought it was a pretty good movie.

There was some moments when she was the Tris I thought she should be. Like when she threw the knife at Jeanine’s hand, that was awesome. Her reactions to people doubting if she would actually shoot them was funny.

I thought Four was pretty well done cast wise. I thought that his fears didn’t seem to bother him as much as they should have, but I till let that slide because in his fear landscapes he was training her on how to do it in a way that Dauntless people would do things. In terms of changes I thought this was a really good one. I always thought that someone should have told her a few things not to do so that she didn’t stick out like a sore thumb so much.

The romance felt a little forced to me but I was satisfied by it none the less. I think the best bit of this relationship was when they were eating lunch. You go Tris, put him in his place.

One thing I didn’t get but can let go of because I think it would have been pretty hard to do was the glass dome thing inside of the Dauntless headquarters. I would have loved to see that, but I get why they left it out. I completely loved how they showed the zip-line thing though. It went of for ages and looked so much better on screen than it did in my head. I was there flying with her in the movie, it was totally awesome! The cracks she went through in buildings and the extra things they threw in was awesome. I loved the way that all the factions were introduced, I loved the Dauntless, they looked awesome!! I would want to join them too. I was so sad that they left out the bit where Christina is scared of moths, that was an awesome scene.

The fear landscapes were done and awesomely introduced. I loved the one with the dog scene the most. When she leapt at that dog was awesome. The birds were scary, I was like NO NOT THE EYES! the entire time she was dealing with them. I have always loved when she shatters the glass tank. They pulled that scene off perfectly.

Though Eric and Peter were not the ones I was used to, I still hated them. Even though, that moment when Tris is running after the train to play in the war games even though Eric said she was out, and then she gets on and kind of tells him off a bit and you kind of see a bit of respect go into his eyes and he lets her stay. I am really interested to see if that moment kind of changes anything later on. (I was so happy when I saw her running for that train. Awesome, awesome scene.)

One other bit that actually annoyed me was that Tris didn’t seem to hate contact the way she is suppose to, so Four was like a rapist in her fear landscape. Not good!

The soundtrack was really well done.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet don’t read the next bit it might be really distracting.

Some funny thing that I was kind of giggling about the entire time thanks to TheBookTuber, Jeanine’s actor is preggers while filming so the entire time, she has like folders or laptop bags in her hand always moving them to try and hide it hahaha. I really hope you have seen the movie before you read this, because you can’t unsee it.

So yes, I did actually love this movie despite all my book loving complaints. It was good. People who read the book should at least give it ago, but if you nit pick too much you might not like it. I’m interested in seeing how they do the next one, cause all the books are very different from each other.

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From Book to Movie – Vampire Academy

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Title: Vampire Academy

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal (Vampires), Comedy

Rating: 3.5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 123456

Description/Synopsis:

Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Hmmm. I have waited a long time to see this movie, I’m pretty sure I went to the last screening at my cinemas. I am not quite sure it was worth the wait.

I would normally round a review up or down if I rate them point something but I can’t do that here. I’m really torn up about this review actually. I would let it sit with me more so that I feel better about the whole thing but I really don’t think that would help here so I am just going to go ahead with it.

The reason I am torn up about this review is because my mind has the section in my brain where I base my review on the movie based on the book(s), and then in the other part of my brain tries (very hard) to like the movie just for the movie. I tell you guys, reviewing things has made me much more judgemental of things haha. When I go to the movies now or even just watch an old one I can’t really just sit back and watch it. In my mind I am ticking things off and noting things to comment on later. My book related brain is telling me that it was far below where I wanted it to be. The other part of my brain thought it was enjoyable enough, wouldn’t pay to see it again but if I got it on DVD or something I would pick it up and stick it in the player.

Really its just difficult because it was so different to the books in a lot of ways and they did that on purpose.

I think its very clear that the movies were trying to go for a more funny Mean Girls kind of vibe compared to the books which are rather serious. I think this was a good way to market it to the public since people tend to just want to avoid vampire movies these days. It also gave a chance to let Rose loose with her funny and witty personality. However, I think the movie fell a bit flat because they were trying just too hard to make it funny. That scene in the beginning where Rose (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa (Lucy Fry) are talking about plastic surgery and Rose makes that face… So pointless. Why oh why would they put that in there. Also, one of the lines in the movie and the trailer is “We all think we will live forever” which there was no point in having in there because Rose says that Moroi and Dhampir don’t live forever, so why would they say something like that? Pointless. So pointless.

Because the first book is one of the weaker ones due to the fact it is setting up the story here, the movie had a lot of info to cram in. They didn’t do it well. A lot of the conversations felt forced and rushed, and just generally the whole plot of it did too. We don’t get any explanation as to why Rose is training by herself with Dimitri, we don’t really get any before or after when Rose breaks into Kirova’s office, and we cram in everyone finding out they Lissa and Rose have a bond (something they didn’t find out till the end if not the second book) and have big scenes about it yet for some reason still don’t know that Rose is shadow kissed. That whole scene and series of events just seemed really poorly thought out. I assume they did it this way because its very unlikely they would have gotten to make each book into a movie so smooshed a couple bit from each into it. Though it did kind of slow down and get better paced at the end, things like that just didn’t work and you could have cut them out. Just like the plastic surgery scene, and just like the Queen Tatiana scenes. The first one was fine I spose but not needed, but the second one was just stupid and I didn’t connect with anything Lissa said. Not to mention that she would never have treated the Queen that way. We also skipped over just how hurt Rose was about the blood whore stuff. I do understand why they put in that extra scene at the start with the Strigoi though, they didn’t come into the story until much later and you couldn’t leave out a whole race of vampires from the movie.

I think Zoey Deutch did an amazing job. She wasn’t quite the Rose I had pictured in my head but she was great. She has some awesome lines which Rose would totally have said. Though I felt at times she was a bit lapsed in her duty which was all she was about. I also thought Dimitri was great, even if I thought he was a bit fat to be a ‘god.’ I loved the scenes with him and Rose the most I think. I love the fact they kept the scene with Rose trying to sneak attack him in, and I love the fact it became a running gag. My heart fluttered and went wild when he said Rosa, my Rosa when he saved her from Natalie and she was hurt. That’s it Dimitri, scoop her up in your arms and never let go! I do wish that when he walked in on Rose and Jesse that he had thrown him around more. When Rose and Dimitri wake up from the lust charm and Rose freaks out and doesn’t know where or how to cover herself up, just so funny.

Lissa though, she was a big sack of sad. I thought she looked ok if not a bit odd, but the actress just didnt do it for me. Not to mention that her entire character was pretty much destroyed. I didn’t like Lissa at all in the movie if I compare her and everything I know from the book. How dare she ever call Rose a blood whore and ask if Rose killed her cat. (On a side note I thought it was super wrong for them to introduce a cat into the story just to kill it and make Natalie look worse). That scene at the end also was a huge character flaw for Lissa. Lissa would never compel someone to jump out a window and kill themselves. She would compel them to leave the room if anything! I did like her relationship with Christian though, I thought his character was well done. I even liked the fact that he didn’t get torn apart by the hounds but got shot and got to burn them. That whole not being able to perform thing was funny and actually worked.

Natalie was done really well. I don’t remember much about her form the books but I loved her in the movie. She was so cute and despite the fact she turned out a bit messed up and evil I still felt bad for her. That scene where she was talking about not being able to undress in front of anyone and had to turn a pot plant around once so she could change was funny and awesome despite it being pointless. I also loved when she was licking the wall, though that whole scene was stupid. Why would they bring something like that into it, it wasn’t needed they and could have spent that time working on things that were in the book. The character was great though. I loved the way Sonya Karp was done, you really needed more of her in the movie than you did the book. I felt so bad for her, it was great. I for the life of me cannot understand why they put her at the end with all the other Strigoi. In the book she goes off and builds herself a place all by herself and doesn’t give a damn about the rest of them. All the rest of the characters I thought were pretty good.

By the looks of the end they are either going to skip book two and just go onto book three, because the cave stuff doesn’t happen till then and that is where the movie ends, or they will moosh them both together. If they get to make another movie that is. It didn’t do that well. I know a lot of VA fans praised it because they want a second movie, and I do too, I think it would either make it or break it in terms of how good the movie series would be, but if its going to suck I don’t want another one. This movie was different enough from the books that it has left them unblemished to me, and more movies gives them more of chances to make me start being sad that everyone bashes the books cause of the movies. I spose we will see wont we?

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From Book to Movie – Looking For Alibrandi

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Title: Looking For Alibrandi

Genre: Drama, Coming of Age, Young Adult, Australia

Rating: 2 Star

Book Review

Description/Synopsis:

A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the disapproving nuns at her strict Catholic school, the acceptance of her schoolmates,and romantic dilemmas over two very different boys.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This movie kind of went by without me noticing much about what was happening. This is the reason why it got such a low rating, that and the fact that I don’t think I will watch it again. I’m not saying It was all that bad, I’m sure some people would love it if they liked the book more than I did.

The casting choices in the movie I thought were very good ones. The only one that I really had an issue with was Kick Gurry as Jacob Coote. Compared to all the other kids in the movie he just looked so much older than all of them and it was just weird.

I liked her Nonna and her father much more in this time round. They came off less harsh and mean. I still didn’t like her Nonna though.

In terms of plot they did leave out a few things, but that’s to be expected. I didn’t even notice they had left out certain scenes until I was sitting here writing this review so clearly they didn’t matter all that much.

The only thing that really bothered me about the movie was the fact I feel like they downplayed John Baton’s death a bit. I don’t feel they played up all the signs of distress and sadness he expressed to Josie before he committed suicide. I think they also downplayed everyones reaction to his death. I really connected with Josie in the book at this section, but here I didn’t so much. I think they also skipped over her section with Carly after his death, where they kind of connect, and that made me a bit sad.

So yes, I don’t think this was a bad movie. Those who love the book will probably love this movie. But like the book this movie was just not for me. If I had of been doing my HSC when I first saw this movie I think I would have liked it alot more. My own preference is why the rating is low, not because I don’t think people will enjoy it.

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From Book to Movie – True Crime

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Title: True Crime

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rating: 4 Star

Book Review

Description/Synopsis:

Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate’s innocence just hours before his execution?

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

In terms of a book to movie adaptations this movie did a very good job at following along with the story that was given to us in the book.Of course a few things change, but they didn’t bother me at all.

For example our main character Steve’s child is a little girl instead of a boy. Im not quite sure why they changed this, perhaps it was to make it more emotional when he kind of lets the child down. Thats just a guess though because the whole movie seemed to be made more emotional than in the book. For example I found our main character much more likeable than in the books. I don’t know if this is because I really like the actor who plays him Clint Eastwood, despite the fact that the character is portrayed as just as much as an dick in the movie as he was in the book. Another slight changed they made that I didn’t mind was they made Ray’s child Grace have her meltdown about the green crayon at the prison and the Warden had his men go out to the car park to look for it. I think this was a good way to go cause you get the more of a feeling that the warden really cares about whats going on and that he is not completely happy about it.

They kept some moments in that I was really glad stayed the same. One of them was the relationship between Steven and his boss and the conversation they have about him sleeping with the editors wife. They were both such dicks in this scene with the things they were saying and the way they act, but you totally get the feeling of them being good friends and the scene was just as funny in the movie as I pictured it in my head while I was reading.

Now because its a movie they altered the ending to make it a bit more dramatic than it was in the book. In the book our guy doesn’t get injected with anything before the call that saves his life because our caring Warden delays giving the go ahead for the execution because he doesn’t feel right about it. But in the movie they made it more dramatic with the Warden giving the go ahead and the injection process is under way when the call comes through. This was to give the audience a moment of “is he going to die because of how much he was injected? Was it too late?” but then we see Steve and Ray’s final visual of each other at the shops at Christmas and we know that everything ended all happy and well. I think this was a good way to end with the movie. I think because of how much more emotional the movie kind of was the audience couldn’t really just have been left with the ending that was in the book. I think it would have been a bit anticlimactic.

So yes, it was a very good adaptation of the book. Really enjoyable to watch and seeing how well its done I don’t feel I would have missed anything or lost any feelings about the story if I had of just watched the movie and didn’t have the book to compare it to. The only reason it was a 4 star and not a 5 was because of my own personal preference for movies. If we are judging purely on how well they turned it into a movie its a 5 star for sure.

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From Book To Movie – Catching Fire

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Title: Catching Fire

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction

Rating: 3.5 Star (Rounded up to 4)

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Book Series Reviews: 123

Description/Synopsis:

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Well well well! The other night I finally got to go out and see Catching Fire at the movies, and though I got in free I think I would have spent the money on it. I don’t think I’ll see it in cinemas again though.

The movie is pretty much just a summary of what happens in the book. This is why I gave it such a kinda low rating, its not that it was all that bad, its just that there was a lot missing. They just focus on the major things that happen throughout the book, and in the movie directors defence, SO much happened in the book I knew there were going to have issues with the movie. I have series doubt of them being able to pull off the third book. But now I’m getting a head of myself.

So the movie starts and bam we are on the train getting ready to do the victor tour. Ok it wasn’t quite that fast, you get a minute or two of everyone talking about leaving but it did happen super quick. I found this a little disorientating, there wasn’t any easing into the storyline because of the quick start and you never get a breather from then on.

The tour happened pretty much how I thought it would, Katniss was pretty blank face the entire time and If I was Snow or anyone else I wouldn’t have believed she was in love with Peeta either. In the book I got the feeling she tried just a bit harder than that but I’ll take what I was given I suppose. They did alter one bit at the end of the tour though. They introduce Plutarch to Katniss but they left out the bit where he shows her his watch which caused her much thought and confusion throughout the book and helped her work out the trick behind the arena. I get why it was removed, but they could have left it in and everything would have been fine.

They also gloss over how the smell of roses and bloody on Snow is sickening to Katniss and why he smells that why. They hint at it at one point but that’s it. They also leave out most of all the wedding stuff which I didn’t really mind all that much.

Then we move onto how the remove everything surrounding surrounding the lake. The people Katniss tries and fails to help, how her dad taught her to swim there, all the talk about District 13 possibly still functioning. This results in everyone at the end just declaring they are going to 13, and the fact that Katniss can swim when she gets to the arena. In the book it was made of point of that not everyone from every district can swim because there isn’t really great big bodies of water for the to do it in. In the movie they just know how to swim. Both annoying but also understandable I guess. They should have put the bits about 13 in there though, because Katniss just accepts that district 13 in functioning just too easily for my liking.

The next big things that happen before they enter the arena that annoys me are the fact that they don’t go into why everyone is kissing and stripping in front of Katniss, its just random in the movie Peeta never explains it to her, and the fact that we don’t get to see them watching old games and studying their opponents. I was soo looking forward to that. They barely touch on how people won their games. They also skip over how Finnick  won the last quarter quell. Just wasn’t acceptable. They also kind of gloss over how everyone of them are Haymitch’s friends.

Now we enter the arena. Most of what happened here I thought was pretty satisfactory because its the bit with the most action so of course they left everything in. One thing that really did annoyed me that they left out was the section where Peeta slams into the forcefield. It still happens, but no one questions why or how Katniss was able to scream a warning right before it happened. They completely gloss over this part and its all because of the poor planning on the first movie. They left out the fact that Katniss is pretty much deaf for half of that book/movie and thusly it seeped into this book. The reason she gives as to how the hell she knew that forcefield (because she doesn’t trust everyone she is with) is that when the Capital fixed her ears they did something that let her ear it, but nope. Its just glossed over. No questions of how she can magically tell were the pretty much invisible forcefield was.

The only other thing that I didn’t like was how it ended on Katniss’ eyes, that screen shot has been done a little too much for my liking.

They did do some things well. I loved the bit were Katniss breaks down when they announce that she will be going back in. They down play it a bit, but at least they put it in there. They also up played that she doesn’t get to say goodbye to her family which was downplayed in the books. Well done movie. Peeta is alot stronger in spirit in this one I think. He was soo angery at Katniss, I’m glad they didn’t downplay that. They also showed how much Prim had grown up very well,and how much Katniss wanted to kill Haymitch by the end of the book despite the fact they left out sections. All of the other characters were done very very well I think, Mags was awesome and I was so sad when she died. The rage they showed each of the victors felt about having to do the games again was also very well portrayed. The Monkeys were completely horrifying as was the fog section. The section with the birds was also done well, I believed how much that mind fucked Katniss.

So in conclusion it was ok, a total summary but ok. I don’t have high hopes for the third.

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From Book to Movie – The Hunger Games

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Title: The Hunger Games

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction

Rating: 5 Star

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Book Series Reviews: 1, 23

Description/Synopsis:

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Normally Im against books turning into movies or other such things because they just dont live up to their written counterparts, however I was please with out they turned this book into a movie.

Im not saying by any means that they did everything well, there were a number of things I did not like that they changed, but they were mainly little things, so the movie still got a 5 in my opinion.

Here are some of the changes they made:

  1. This one is a negative to me. They made Peeta seem weaker in spirit that what he actually was, and they downplayed all the things that he did. Right from the get go, he is supposed to grab a glass out of their mentors hand and smash it against a wall, but instead he gets a foot in his face. They also dont mention that he was wounded saving Katniss, they just show him telling her to run which you never really know is just part of her tripping out. Also at the end we dont get him being all angry because he finally works out she was acting the whole time, they dont go into that fact at all really. They also made some of the other characters which are supposed to be the strong willed and strong weak at the end. That annoyed me, someone with that kind of mentality wouldn’t change.
  2. Im going to put this change down as a plus. They made Katniss more emotional, you can tell she is actually feeling things, rather than just seeming like an ice queen the entire time. Though, because we are no longer in her head we loose alot of emotion as well and things that she is feeling. Like her thoughts on Peeta and Gale, and how in the beginning Peeta was the one rooting for them to train together and thats why it hurt so much more when he decided that they should train separately.
  3. Another negative. They removed the section were district 11 sent Katniss their bread for what she did for their girl. They replaced this with images of the district going ape shit, but that doesnt happen in the book. We dont know that that happened, and I thought that was going a bit far. The whole reason why the games are happening is because stuff like that went on back in the day and I don’t think a district would start rebelling so lightly. I did like the fact they showed bits of what was happening in other places than the arena though.
  4. I dont know where I stand on this one. The time frame was seriously altered, thusly they removed stuff like Katniss being deaf in one side for most the book is ignored because it wouldn’t work into the shorter time frame, and why exactly Katniss is able to go through a fence that says “High Voltage” on it. I understand why they did this though.
  5. Im going to say this is a good thing. They added perspectives from the Capital people. Though we have no idea in the book how these things went down in the book, if they had skipped that stuff in the movie it would have been wrong. I wanted this in the book so I’m glad I got it in the movie.
  6. Im going to go negative on this one. Though I understand why they did it, they removed alot of small character bits from the movie that were in the book. Her father was mentioned tones in the book, but we get a only a little flashback of him in the movie, to me I think it probably would have been better to just leave him out of the movie because the little flash just wasnt helpful. He was the driving force to why Katniss is the way she is in the book, and the flash doesnt do that justice. They also altered who gave Katniss the pin. She originally got it from someone (the district mayors daughter) whom she spent some time with but didnt know if she was friends with or not right before she goes off to the games. It meant something then because of the uncertainty of their relationship along with other reasons. It lost something with that whole back and forth between Katniss and Prim in the space of few hours.
  7. Another plus. I feel they chose good actors to play each character, they each embraced the role they were given and connected with that character. Images of each were not all that different in my head than they were to what actors I was given.
  8. Another negative, the blasts to tell if someone had died were completely random. Sure you didnt hear them all the time in the book but there were reasons for that that were not mentioned in the movie. It just made it seem like they were not as important as they were and it was really annoying.

As you can see a few things annoyed me with the change, but I did really enjoy the movie. I understand the need to change how some things go down so that it works in a movie setting. So with what they had and keeping that in mind they did a great job here. I actually saw the movie first before I read the book, and I thought it was a pretty good movie then, but after I read the book I liked the movie a whole lot more because they really did try to keep to the book as much as they could.

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From Book to Movie – The Host

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Title: The Host

Genre: Post-Apoctalipctic Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction

Rating: 2 (maybe 3) Star

Book Review

Description/Synopsis:

When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I don’t remember much of what happened in this movie. This is not because it has been about 2 weeks since I saw the movie (I saw it the night it came out), but thats the way the movie was. I didn’t really remember anything the second I stepped out of the cinema. It was hysterically terribly and completely forgettable.

So why the maybe 3 star? Well if its not so bad that you have been scared for life because of it, then its borderline right? I dunno either… There were seconds in there where I grew really quite angry at the changes they made, despite the fact that I was trying really hard to not take what was happening seriously. When I succeeded in the not taking it seriously, It was hysterical just h0w poorly some things were done.

My friend and I were probably the loudest people in the cinema. We laughed our butts off, and so did other people there who obviously read the book too. I felt a bit sorry for the guy a row in front of me who was obviously taking it seriously and hand’t read the book.. but there was no stopping the hysteria.

It was done better than Twilight I feel, ans this I mainly chalk up to the actors being better than those in Twilight, though I don’t feel that they were well chosen for the characters they were supposed to portray.

For lack of a better word, from the bits that I do remember, the love scenes were a bit… rapey. Everything was over dramatic and most the time it just seemed like it was being forced and at least one of the people apart of the scene was not enjoying themselves. Though this kinda happened in the book, you get info about why and what not which is not offered here. Really they just didnt do the depth of the love issues at all. It was looked over, but I suppose they couldnt do a 600+ book which is pretty much just complete development of the love between everyone they just couldn’t get it in there and tried to cover it up with over dramatic lines that never happened like “Sleep with me!”

I think the most ridiculous thing that happened though was at the end. They are in the desert and Mel and Jared finally get to be together and they go outside to have a happy ‘yay us’ kiss, and it suddenly starts to rain so they can kiss in the rain. All, if there was much, respect for the movie was lost at this point. You already had them kiss in poorly constructed rain scene earlier, the rain didn’t sudden need to happen for this last kiss… completely unbelievable.