The Appeal of the Hunger Games

I went to see The Hunger Games last Wednesday, and now I understand the loads of money it’s making and the rapid sale of the original books. I personally never read the books, but after seeing the movie I’m giving it a second thought. When I first came into the theater, there was only two other groups of people. As the first real trailers started rolling (and not the lame commercials advertising tv shows I would never consider watching….) the room was filled with mostly young people.

Its the kind of movie that keeps people coming back again and again. Maybe not out of extreme, rabid fandom like the Batman trilogy, but very close. I think it presents very likeable characters, namely Katniss Everdeen. Katniss is very kickass in a feminine way- she can wear pretty dresses and also is a great shot with a bow and arrow. She can handle competition, her family, and Peeta (who is a weak male character…) with no trouble. Rue, another female character, is also very charming with her own special talents. The people of the Capitol are maybe not likeable, but ridiculous. Their crazy outfits and their acceptance of the Hunger Games as a sport instead of a barbarian practice is protrayed well and is important to the overall feel of the movie.

The only small problem is that at some points in the movie, I felt like the plot was stalling. It seemed like a long time to reach the ‘Hunger Game’ portion of the movie. However after that part, it felt like atleast half of the movie was spent it the ‘arena’. This film is not overdone with huge explosions and massive battle scenes-its a struggle to win a competition that everyone loses. Overall I think it was the best movie of the year so far. :) I recommend seeing to the Games if you haven’t already.

Rogue.

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Good Times at In Time?

I saw In Time last night, and it was good. I came up with so many bad puns its not even funny anymore.

I came in to see the concept of time as currency. I expected it to be like Robin Hood and the good guy gets the girl because he’s stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

It’s almost like that. Almost. The poor main bloke is suddenly given a huge amount of time from a rich man tired of living in a system where the rich hardly live and the poor die. After a win at poker and drawing attention from the time police, he’s chased and kidnaps a rich girl. Later they start stealing time to ruin the system.

I love the beginning and seeing how people exchange time and how it has a ‘natural feel’. All the characters walk around like this is how it has to be, and how it’s always been. Poor people live day to day and it sucks. Maybe I didn’t feel much ’emotional’ action between all the characters (there’s so many chases in the movie, no joke.), but I liked the premise enough to like the characters. Speaking of the characters, I felt like the actor choices were great. While I didn’t really come to see him or anything, Timberlake was good, except I object to the way he cries when his character’s mother dies. His sobs sound like laughter to me, and me and my friend were laughing at that part…..

All and all I probably liked it more than all the other movies I’ve seen this year. It’s a nice break that reminds me of the creativity of Inception but far easier to understand.

Rogue Out.

Books vs. Movies

Plinky- Is the book always better than the movie? Are there any exceptions?

Books

I always groan inwardly if I watch a movie based on a book. I always sigh when I read a book that later becomes a movie.

The problem is that I’m always torn between liking the book or the movie. Either I saw the movie before reading the book, or read the book before the movie was made. It tampers with my future opinion, and I become increasingly dissatisfied with both. It’s like they ruin each other.

Sometimes I give up entirely and say that each were ‘great in their own way’. Which is closer to a lie than an opinion.

I just saw the last Harry Potter movie; Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows (part 2). I sat in the theater, and almost fell asleep. I knew what was going to happen the whole time. I’d already read the book, and I felt like I was only interested in watching the white CGI dragon fly across the screen (which lasted….5 minutes?). The problem was that I came to the movies wanting to really LIKE it. After I walked out of the theater, I wanted to reverse time and waste my money on Cowboys & Aliens because at least then I would have had to pay attention to the storyline.

But the last movie I saw was Priest, based on a Korean comic. I thought the movie was cheezy. I thought the comic had a smoother blend of Priest vs. mutated vampires. But then I realized some of the movie’s action scenes were cool even without watching the 3D version. Then I came to the conclusion that the whole movie was too predictable.

Currently I’m reading the book The Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan. It’s now published as The Town, because it became a major motion picture with that name. Honestly I picked it up at the Borders Bookstore sales because I saw it while in line and I loved the movie. But now I can’t decide if I simply like the book because I liked the movie, or the book was better because it inspired the movie. Or I only like the book because the ‘best’ parts (like dialogue, robbery scenes) were put into the movie. Or the movie was better because I like Ben Afleck.

Ugh.

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Is it Just Me, Or Do I Hear the Sound of Sequels?

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Or maybe Hollywood is rolling out a lot of sequels this year.

After seening a few previews, hearing a few blurbs, I looked up upcoming movies in 2011. Here’s a list of titles that caught my attention:

I Am Number Four
Jane Eyre
Diaires of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Thor
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
The Hangover 2
Cars 2
Kung Fu Panda 2
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
The Smurfs
Final Destination 5
Paranormal Activity 3
Puss in Boots
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
Happy Feet 2 in 3D

I have to say I was a little surpized by the number of movies that were sequels or ‘the next part of the series’. I’m afraid that several of those movies are going to be terrible sequels -read:moviesmadetocollectthemonies-… I know I’m not going to see all of these movies, but the movies I have seen that are sequels/threequels/whatever can be awful. And a sometimes a waste of money. I’ll enjoy the first movie, watch it far to many times, and then see the sequel, and be unimpressed.

Cars 2? I’m not so sure on this one. What could they make a movie about? McQueen learned his lesson in the first movie, what other moral will we see? Puss in Boots from Shrek? In its own movie? HOW MANY SHREK MOVIES WILL THEY MAKE?
Sigh. I think I’ll wait for them to be rerunning on T.V.

Rogue Out.

What Would Be Best Movie of 2010?

 

It would be an ugly deathmatch.

I think it’s somewhere in between the creativitiy of Inception and the final installment of the Toy Story franchise.

Honestly I was fond of both in different ways. Inception literally pissed me off and blew my mind – sometimes at the same time. I can keep watching it over and over, but that could be a bad thing.

Toy Story 3 made me sad and feel that nostalgic. It was an end, unlike Inception’s, that made me feel good. For the most part it was a good family movie.

Either way, I think they’re both excellent movies.

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