watch your step
by: James Connelly
I sat in the theater with the rest of America this weekend, with a hoard of pre-teen girls in front of me, and geared up for the movie inspired by the novel by Suzanne Collins. Now this blog is not about a full review because, in a nutshell, I would say go see it. Maybe even see it twice, but this is more critical, and I would like to point out some of the differences that really stood out to me from the book that I think they will regret during the trilogy. If you have not read the books or seen the movies and plan on it, turn back now and thanks for the page hit.
The movie does so many things so well. This movie nails the casting choices. Not one role should have been done differently because no matter who they cast I was always going hate Peeta. The music is spot on, and from a production standpoint there was not one thing wrong with how the movie looks.
Here’s what’s wrong in Panem:
1. Suzanne Collins wrote the book and co-wrote the screenplay. With this being said, one think the mastermind behind the games would not want to leave anything important out. I understand that you have to squeeze it all in, but I was a bit disappointed with some of her choices.
2. Right off the bat, why did Katniss buy the Mocking Jay pin herself? How is it luck at that point? And what is up with the exchange of the pin between Prim and her- does that not seem like bad luck? The pin is so important, and oh by the way movie watchers, she did not have to sneak it in the pin but it did make Cinna even MORE likable (Gotta love that Lenny Kravitz).
3. No Avox. No red head, lack of tongue, servant, Avox. Come on you need the Avox. It adds so much more depth to Katniss who has it so bad in District 12, but not as bad as an Avox. Especially the Avox, which Katniss and Gale let get taken by the hovercraft. The Avox would have brought much more depth to the story, and more importantly Katniss’ inner thoughts would come out like they do in the book.
4. Not enough Haymitch. That’s more for me, but can’t wait to see him featured more down the line.
5. The wild dogs are just that, wild dogs. I cannot believe they missed out on this. The audience should have been reunited with the fallen victims of the 74th games through the 21 dogs and they just omitted it completely.
6. This was the most important. Showing the District 11 riots that should have been saved for Catching Fire. The film was fine and could have got away with the bread being sent down from the district to show the connection. The riot was too “in-your-face” and should have been saved because they blew it. This leads up to the rest of the story after the first book, and everything else in this film stood on its own.
See, six things wrong. That’s nothing. If you did not read the book you will not care at all with any of these. If you did read the book, you may not be as critical as I have been. Overall, I think this is a must see and a must read, if only for Haymitch and Caesar Flickerman. Oh, and Peeta doesn’t loose his damn leg in the movie! Come on Collins, did you forget?!