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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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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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Book Review – The Hunger Games

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Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction

Length: 454

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 23

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

May the odd be ever in your favour.

Winning will make you famous. Loosing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, twelves boys and girls are forced to appear in the live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I loved this book. Though some bits of it were not the most well done, I could not help but caught up in the story and the world.

Im a sucker for dystopian or post-apocalyptic worlds, and if they are done well, which it is here, its just knocks my socks off. The world of the differently struggling and functioning districts controlled by this all mighty Capitol was really interesting. There were some really good little details added to the story about them as well, like how they each had their own style of bread that represented each of them. I also liked the idea of mutated animals to serve a certain purpose.

You don’t get to really meet many characters throughout the book very well, but I liked what I did get to know about each. Of course because the book is from her perspective, you got to know Katniss pretty well. At first she is pretty much described as someone who has it all together because she had to, because she had to grow up too quickly. But you also see cracks in the shell, which I thought was a nice change. While I believe that a girl in her situation could have it all together and be an adult in a younger body, but then I can also see how a girl in her situation could appear completely with it but have moments where the teenager comes through, specially if she has pretty much been handed a death sentence. For the most part she has it all, but then there are moments where she does teenage tantrums and breaks a punch of stuff. I do however that she was a bit too much of an ice queen the rest of the time though. I didn’t really get the feeling that she cared about anything, however I think this had more to do with the writing style however than the character, she did and said a lot of the right stuff, but I just wasnt getting the feelings behind it all. I also thought that she thought too much sometimes. There were parts where I felt that too much information was given that really wasnt given.

Peeta I thought we got a really good look at the kind of person he was, and at the end when they are going home and Katniss is being really a typical confused teenager, I really got the feeling of how crushed he was that everything he thought was actually happening was just a ploy to get them through the games. And even though we did not get to spend a lot of time with Gale, I also felt I know who he is and what he wants. Really, the love triangle that I see coming is one that I dont know how I want it to end up. On one hand Peeta and Katniss share a moment from when she was little and they have had a life altering experience together. On the other we have Gale who has has grown up with and shared many a moment together, though not nearly as significant as being in the games together.

The other characters I felt I met them well enough, but I would have been happier if I had gotten to know a few of them better. I also would have liked to be given other perspectives at some points. Like for the Capitol, what the hell was going on there, what were they thinking? I kind of felt that I was in a black box and new nothing about the people who put me in there or what was on the other side. Im hoping for more information in the next two books.

So all in all I thought the theme, plot and the character were all well done, however the writing style was a bit flat and lacking depth at times.

(On a side note, it has been too long since I have done a review. I had serious issues writing this so I am sorry if its not really up to standards.)