[quote="JodieO"]OK... KK tweeted me this article and it kind of made me all defensive of THG, so I wanted to get out all my words and not be hampered by tweeting... I got really defensive of THG too!!! However, I agree with what he said for CF. http://io9.com/how-catching-fire-fixed- ... 1470964789
1. THG did do world building, but the scope was SO much smaller in that book, so what they did with the movie was appropriate. I had a good sense of what life was like in District 12 and The Capitol. Though I appreciated seeing more of it, and having our knowledge expanded. I was impressed with District 12 in both movies! Better than what I pictured. And how are they supposed to Build a World in a movie that only takes place in 3 places hmm??? He's an idiot.
2. Did the author of this thing read the books? The Capitol wasn't humanized until the second book. At least not that I remember. THEY don't lose anyone they love, so it's all just a big game to them. It's not until they actually stand to lose someone that the brutality of the Hunger Games touches them.
3. I'm so glad they recast buttercup, though now I feel bad for the poor black and white kitty who has had to face the Buttercup wrath.
4. I don't like how the author is insinuating that there was no hunger in the first film. There was. Every instruction Katniss was giving when saying goodbye to her loved ones was about how to keep her family from starving. Sorry if you didn't catch on, Blogger! BUT, that scene in CF does really punch you in the face with how vastly different things are in the Capitol than in the outer districts. I'm glad that they kept that scene too. It's one of the few times we see Peeta as outraged as Katniss instead of infinitely "good" or whatever I'm trying to say.
5. Oh come ON. THG didn't look so terrible. I will admit I was unimpressed by the costumes in the first chariot ride, but I didn't feel like Ceasar was on a 'ramshackle' stage. THG was a pretty big budget film... it's not like it was some plywood disaster loaned out by the local community theater... Exactly. I LOVED the costumes for this parade too and I remember the biggest complaint of THG were the flames. But I'd hardly call the whole movie low budget. I don't think he's ever seen Twilight so he doesn't know what low budget looks like.
6. The only nudity I missed in THG was when Katniss had to pull off Peeta's pants because it was just too damn funny.Right??? I love that scene. But elevator Katniss makes up for all missed awkward moments for any movie ever.
7. I didn't find the action in THG difficult to follow at all, though I am glad the shaky cam is gone. I liked the shaky cam. I feel like it wasn't necessary in CF because nearly everything she does is filmed so we can be a "spectator." But it many parts of THG, we're just WITH Katniss and I liked the intimacy of it. Especially in the opening credits.
8. ZERO CHEMISTRY!? Them's fighting words. Any lack of chemistry was intentional by JLaw. But I thought Josh BROUGHT IT in the cave.
9. OH HELL NAW. SOMEONE HOLD MY EARRINGS.
10. Things like the electrified fence, Darius, and the avox are good details in the books, but not especially necessary to tell the story in the movie. SOME things are going to have to be sacrificed and those details can be let go without losing any of the feeling of the movie.
11. Gale gets whipped for a different reason. BFD. I think the blogger may have missed the point of that scene... I thought in the book Gale DID refuse to run away with Katniss because he wanted the join the revolution... am I making that up? That makes more sense to the character other than 'Awwh, she doesn't lurrvvveeee me, I'm going to stay here in this hell hole then!'I thought that too! Doesn't he get all fired up when he heard about rebellion is one of the other districts? The one Katniss overhears in the Mayor's house? Doesn't he shame her a bit when she pretty such says "IDGAF about anyone but us and ours."? I mean, maybe Gale *also* made a lame attempt to trap her into a relationship-type thing that he kept trying to do over and over but that is NOT why he stayed in 12.
12. Did anyone else get confused by Snow's granddaughter?? I was like "WHY IS PRIM IN SNOW'S HOUSE?!"
13. Bonnie and Twill.. again.. again, good foreshadowing in the book, but would have been too heavy-handed for the film, and they weren't really needed.
14. Maybe we'll learn more of Haymitch's backstory in Mockingjay. They should have plenty of time as it's split into two.. I'd guess it would come out when Finnick is revealing how the Victors are essentially passed around as prostitutes. I think they also set up the edge of the arena enough that the HOW Haymitch won wasn't necessary. In the book, her motivation to try to damage the arena needed more set up. As far as Haymitch being a drunk, I think that can be bumped to the next movie without going into how he won the games. Although I do wish it had been stated what the other two Quells were. They're just too deliciously awful.
I still thing THG was a good movie, though I agree that CF was better. But they had to start somewhere, and then build up on it. It's hard to go first. Cut them some slack, Blogger! Sheesh!haha! I still think THG was perfect. I had more issues with CF it really got so so so much right!