The Hunger Games has been out for nearly a month now! How did that happen?!
For the most part, we all loved the films, though there’s a fair share of haters out there too. As our buddy Adam pointed out on Hunger Games Fireside Chat last night, a lot of critics think it’s good, but not great. We totally believe in critiquing. “Critique” is my middle name (actually, it’s Mary… but whatever!) No human being has ever watched a movie and agreed with every single thing they see. Even most directors wish they’d made certain changes to their films after the fact.
We’re cool with people having some problems with the film. We’re not going to kill anyone for wishing for less shaky cam or wanting to see certain scenes from the book added in. What we’re NOT cool with are the people who complain about every. single. detail. that changed between the book and the film. The day the movie sucked because of these insignificant details.
To these people, we say “QUIT YA BITCHIN’!”
For instance, here are some of the types of complaints we’re talking about:
- Josh Hutcherson didn’t wear blue contacts.
- The Cornucopia wasn’t gold.
- The number of tributes killed at the Cornucopia changed.
- Hovercrafts didn’t immediately pick up the bodies of fallen tributes.
- We didn’t see Prim’s goat, Lady.
- There was no lamb stew in the Capitol nor the Arena.
- Lionsgate did not starve hundreds of children, so they didn’t look as emaciated as described in the book.
- Katniss did not spend nearly a day in the Arena on the brink of total dehydration.
- Peeta did not get half-naked when Katniss looked at his wounds.
- Caesar Flickerman did not wear extremely heavy blue eyeshadow and lipstick.
Repeat: We have actually seen people say the movie SUCKED because these elements were different. As in the change/exclusion ruined the whole movie for them.
We have a bone to pick with complaints like these simply because, while very cool, they are not in any way essential to the storyline. Was Josh Hutcherson a less effective Peeta with hazel eyes? Did we care less about Prim because we never see her goat? Is District 12 less desolate a place because the film production didn’t encourage anorexia in children and teens? The answer to all of these is NO.
If we could make the movie, it would feature ALL THE DETAILS no matter how inane. It would also be 7 hours long and painful to watch.
While the movie, like all book-to-film adaptations, did leave fans wishing for more, let’s all given them a break on the stupid, extraneous details. You are not going to die just because Cato’s final speech took place on a silvery-black Cornucopia structure instead a gold one.
Breathe In, Breathe Out.. LET IT GO.
The Girl With The Pearl