‘Hunger Games’ Movie Spoilers Discussion

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  1. So I’ve read all three books and can’t wait to see this movie tonight when I get off work. There is one scene in the book that we don’t get to read or see because Katniss is in the cave at the time with Peeta.

    Can anyone who has seen the movie confirm whether we get to see the fight between Cato and Thresh? That was the only thing I was disappointed about in the books, was not seeing that. My own imagination while reading was two heavyweight favorites battling it out to the death, in an open field, with pouring down rain and lighting in the background. That would be some good stuff.

    I’m only opening we get to see this, because from what I read, the movie is entirely in Katniss’ perspective.

    • hopeing not opening*

    • Sadly, we don’t. It’s just like in the books where they just hear the cannon go off and an image of Thresh is shown.

      • Yeah I was bummed about this too. You know that would have been an impressive fight!

    • In the movie it is implied that Thresh is killed by the dogs the game keepers released. The dogs get released and then you hear a scream, cannon and Thresh’s pic on the screen.

      • Also, weren’t the dogs supposed to represent those killed?

  2. Was I the only one not satisfied with Rues death? Like, it’s horrible a little kid is killed, but when it happened in the movie it didn’t have the emotional depth it did in the book. Her & Katniss’s whole relationship seemed kind of rushed in the film.

    • Yeah, there was no correlation between rue and prim and their relationship felt rushed

      • Yes, the Rue – Katniss relationship felt rushed. I think Rue’s last scene is the biggest flaw in the movie. (IN the net vs OUT of the net). The way they did it in the movie the career would have got a shot off at Katniss.

        After seeing the movie, and they it felt out of sync at times, I’m hoping that there will be an extended director’s cut when it goes to DVD. My bet is there will be an extended director’s cut in THEATRES over the summer.

        One change I DID like in the movie is the fact that the mutant-killer-dog-wolves did NOT resemble the fallen tributes. That was my only complaint about the book

        • @ Wally

          I believe I read an interview with Gary Ross, done by Collider, and Gary said that there will not be a Director’s cut.

    • Agreed. I was expecting to cry during her death, but it was cheesy, which really irritates me bc that is the catalyst for Katniss to fight harder and then help Peeta.

      • SPOILER ALERT FOR 3RD BOOK!!!!

        I completely agree with the rushed relationship. I did not cry either at her death scene. And I cry a lot during movies. I was a blubbering baby during Rue’s death scene in the book. And it really upsets me that they did not properly portray the relationship between Rue and Katniss. The fact that Rue reminds Katniss so much of her sister and then dies, is foreshadowing to Prim’s death in book three. To undercut the relationship and the death scene is to entirely eliminate the foreshadowing to Prim’s death. Which will make people cry at the wrong part. In book three, I did not cry for Prim’s death, because I saw it coming. I just felt numb. However, I broke down later with Katniss in the Buttercup returns scene. I have a feeling people are going to break down too early in the last movie. I guess I will have to wait and see how they do it.

      • I agree that the relationship between Rue and Katniss wasn’t as fleshed out as it should’ve been. It was missing a lot. Even so, her death and the uprising that started in District 11 over it, Katniss crying after that just before the transition into a completely different scene, that hit me way harder than I expected it too. When I read Rue’s death scene in the book I was sad, she was a great character, but I responded to it pretty well. It didn’t devastate me, you know? But there was something about Jennifer Lawrence in that scene that was extremely effective for me.

    • I agree completely about Rues death scene.
      1. The timing of events was better in the book. In the movie, Katniss gets there in time and then fails to protect Rue.
      2. That spear barely stratched Rue’s sternum! How could she die so fast from that?
      3. The placement of the arrow was not a kill shot either.

      On the other hand, the subsequent scene of an uprising in District 11 was one of the only changes made for the film that I felt added anything to the story.

  3. Ugh… so disappointing, but oh well, I’m sure I will still enjoy the movie adaptation.

    • Sorry that was meant for the response to the Thresh and Cato scene.

  4. The movie is far from being presented from the sole perspective of Katniss.

    • The movie was far from representing the true essence of the book…too many alterations and little grasping of the book itself…I’m not sure if I’m the only one disappointed with the movie but in little words, I wasn’t satisfied.

      • totally agree with you! not satisfied at all :(

      • I completely agree. I was very disappointed with almost all of the changes, and I spent the whole time shaking my head in disbelief. See my longer post below.

        • I didn’t like how shaky and rushed it was. I was dizzy the entire time. And I agree about Rue and Peeta for that matter, no emotional connections. Too rushed.

      • I agree totally. I thought they totally missed it on the cave scene. And Peta’s charater was weak in the movie compared to his charater in the book.

      • I would just like to say, I did not like the movie. It seemed really rushed, also a lot of parts were left out. Like, what about peeta’s leg? And I wasn’t even very sad when rue died, it wasn’t done really well. The cameras were very shaky, and the movie didn’t go into detail. I didn’t like the cave scene with katniss and peeta, because there was so much more in the book. Too much was left out and what wasnt was too rushed. I hope the second movie is better.

  5. How hard is it to find a yellow, flat faced cat?

    • WHERE IS THE “LIKE” BUTTON???? LMFAO

    • LMFAO that’s the best thing I’ve heard all day!

    • Agreed…!! What’s wrong with the movie makers that they think deleting or changing the “little things”…(which adds no time)….Is exceptable ?? My daughter turned and whispered..”That’s not the right color cat..!!??) The movie was all down hill from there….

      As for the Rue scene….Did the adapters read the book…???

      The movie is an Epic Disappointment !!

  6. Will a 44-year-old like this movie? From what I saw on TV, it looks like the premiere was attended mostly be teenagers. Also, from the commercials, the plot looks like it is attempting to stoke typical teenaged rebellion, i.e. old against young and rich against poor. So in other words, is this another Twilight?

    • As a 25 year old, I can put myself outside of the teenage rebellion group. My mother, age 53, LOVED the books and read all three within two days. The series, and the movie, are nothing like Twilight. This is a dystopian society that sends children to murder each other as penance for a war. Yes, there are deeper themes about class structure and government oppression, but they are presented in the manner typical of most novels/books of this genre. This is not your angsty teen rebellion story–the main characters just happen to be 16. I would highly recommend that you read the novels and see the movie.

    • I’m not 44 but I’m definitely over the age of 13-18 and I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed the film, not only was it a good adaptation of the book but it was an exciting and enjoyable movie. I find the comparisons to twilight to be a little ignorant, the only similarity is that there is somewhat of a “love triangle.” however, this was not the focus of the movie at all and any serious comparison belittles the true message of the film.

    • Read the book. Book was great. Movie was terrible.

    • Well, it depends. I went with my dad (who’s 41) and he said that he loved it and that it’s the best movie he’d seen with me.

    • I’m 43 and my daughter introduced me to the Books – They’re fantastic and your suggestion is too far reaching for me as to teenage rebellion – I suggest you read the books – My daughter has never seen or read anything related to Twilight so I’m unable to comment on that – The movie is a horrible adaptation of the books in my opinion – The books are fantastic !!

    • I’m 43 and was introduced to the books by my teenage daughter -The books are fantastic..!! The movie is an epic disaster – I can’t speak to Twilight because my daughter has never read or watched anything regarding that series…

      As to the rebellion you mentioned – This story isnt about teenage rebellion – Read the books – They are fanrastic..!!

      The movie however is an epic disaster….!!!

      The first 30 minutes are blurry, rushed, choppy and annoying..!! The adapters missed the mark on the details, the true drama found in the story, the characters, the relationships and the Ending…!! I realize time is an issue when you make a movie – Which may explain why Katniss found water 30 seconds into the games (ridiculous based upon the book) but the wrong color cat, the mockingjay pin, madge, Rue and her death, the dogs, the cave, the cannon shots, the berries at the end, theyre transformation and interviews after the games….the movie pulled a short cut on so much that all we have is “the jist of the story” and for that, why make the movie..!!?

      • Of the shaky cam I will say this: the movie was PG-13, and shaky cam was the remedy to being faithful to the visceral brutality of the book without having to show all the blood and gore. But there’s more to it than that.

        The reason why I found the use of shaky cam to be acceptional is because it really put the viewer into first person mode. It made me feel as though I was Katniss running for my life, falling, stumbling, running through the woods. The book is told in first person narration while the movie is not by and large. But those scenes of confusion and chaos most definitely felt like a first person experience to me. They weren’t shot with the shaky-cam style just for the sake of getting a PG-13 rating or to follow the action movie cliche. My only criticism of the shaky-cam employed in this film is that it was employed a few times when it shouldn’t have been. Overall, the presentation and imagery was still very beautiful. It surprised me.

        • For the most part, I dislike the use of shaking cameras. It is over done in action films in general. I just enjoyed how raw it made the production look. I liked the settings and for whatever reason, this time that particular effect made it more real to me.

  7. Oh!! god I love The Hunger Games!! watched the movie at midnight it was a full pack theater … I wasn’t familiar with the books so I started to read the first one and it got me interesting so I will continue with the series…. I just have one question at the end what was the name of the person who got lock on the room and in front of him a cup with poison berries or whatever those were called it did he suppose to die or suicide cuz’ I don’t understand what he did wrong? …..

    • Seneca Crane (who was the head of the 74th Hunger Games) was being punished at the end because he was the one that yelled “stop” before Katniss and Peeta killed themselves, and made the decision to let them both live. This went against the authority and ideals of the Capitol, where they always maintain an appearance of control. So for ruining that persona, he was sentenced to death…. It just shows how rithless the Capitol and President Snow can be!

      • *ruthless

  8. the hunger games is amazing!!!!!!! it changed my life. the berries were left because seneca as the head gamemaker let them make the capitol staff look weak and vulnerable. they locked him in the room so he would have to take them at some point. hope that helps!

  9. He was the Gamemaster. The presidet of Panem spoke to him earlier about Katness and warned him to keep her under control. By both Katnss and Peeta eating the poison berrys at the end would have caused a rebellion against the Hunger game and Capitol City. He was ” let go” at the end.

  10. Am I the only one that thought the camera work was amateur and extremely poor? Closueps all movie!! It bugged me like no other. But luckly everything else was good enough to make me like the movie.

    • Agree with you on the camera work. Unfortunately for me, nothing else could really redeem the rest of the movie.

      • I agree I’m going to watch it again and see if my opinion changes. On my first viewing nothing really blew me away enough to make me forget about the bad filming

        • Me too. If they had captured more shots of the landscape and the character within the landscape, that would have helped a little, especially at the beginning with Katniss going for her morning hunt. That right there would have provided a better understanding of what Katniss is about.

    • yeah the fight scene on the cornucopia was horrible. i couldnt even figure out who was who for a while

      • A lot of the camera work for the fight scenes was rushed and scrambled on purpose to prevent showing too much. Since the target audience is younger teenagers they wanted to do what they could to make sure it remained PG-13. While I can understand it would upset many people, I can appreciate the decision. At least here shakey camera work can be justified unlike films like Quantom of Solace.

        • I understand the way they shot the fight scenes and actually enjoyed that they did that to keep the pg-13 rating. However, it was not necessary to do it shaky for the entire movie.

    • I hated the camera work. The shaky handheld, while probably helped keep it PG-13, made me sick throughout the movie. And during the fight scenes we barely got to see any action because it was either so shaky, or so close that you couldn’t tell who was who. I really hope the rest of the trilogy uses better camera work!!! If they have to cut up the book so badly, could they at least make it enjoyable to watch? I’m worried that people might not buy into it, and they won’t finish the series.. it wasn’t great! :(

    • Agreed, I was so sick.

  11. they had so much to offer with the make up, sets, details and yet, they couldn’t afford a tripod for the camera so you could see it! In addition to the shaking, the focusing in and out was obnoxious. seriously let’s see some acting, don’t cover it up with bad filming. the movie was lacking some substance, but you got the jist of the book. unfortunately, they had some great actors, a great story, a great opportunity to build character and they missed the boat. I did like the relationship they built with katnis and prim, with katnis and mostly peata (should have let him talk and tell his story, instead of shushing him all the time), katnis and her mom, and for the most part katnis and rue. I really hope someone re-films the hunger games soon! by the way, did the director understand it was called the hunger games because the people were starving? 1 reference to food (a roll in the beginning) was not enough! This director assumed everyone had read the book.

    • BAM! My thoughts exactly. It seems like the director pandered too much to the existing fan base at the expense of making a quality film. There was no emotion and the lack of background music made the movie seem that much more un-excitiing. You never get a sense of what life is like for the districts or the capital. That easily could have been accomplished by a 1 minute voice over at least which would help to show why the hunger games were not right.

    • I agree! I felt a lot of the camera work took away from it. It was too shaky at some points, and Katniss’ relationship with Rue didn’t have the buildup non-fans need.

      • Completely agree with all of u they should portray the movie as to a person who does not know the book it seemed like they expected u to know the missing pieces because everyone has read the book too bad for directors they don’t understand that book readers hate filling in what they left out so what I’d it takes 2 movie do it right its owed to the author and the fans!!! For me I should be able to feel as emotional if not more with a movie and what they think are small pieces they are leaving out turn out to be HUGE like with Rue. Ugh

    • I think the purpose of the shaky cam was to give the effect of watching it as the viewers in the districts would be watching it. I think a factor a lot of the audience missed was that all of this was televised throughout the district so it’s not like it’s a sitcom with stationary cameras but using mobile cameras that follow the tributes around. I didn’t feel the shaky cam really took that much away.

      • I can see what affect they were trying to convey, but it felt random. Some scenes did deserve a shaky camera, for example, when she is walking out to the stage for her first interview or the fighting scenes. But even with the fighting scenes, there was no flow to them. It’s as if the director took the camera and was moving with them without a direct sense of how to capture the fighting without the gore, which I can appreciate how they handled the violence.

        • it wasn’t only the shaky cam that bugged me… it was the lack of wideshots and ctreative angles. It was all closeups I hated it

          • Agreed!!!!

    • I agree with the thing you said about the food. The starvation aspect played a big role in how Katniss looked so depleted at the games’ conclusion. In the film, she looked pretty healthy to me. While it made sense in the movie, considering her hunting skills were adequate to feed her in the arena in the film version, her condition was pretty crucial to the audiences perception of the character. The movie completely omitted that stuff.

      • Also, I enjoyed the lack of background music. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the music for this movie (it was beautiful) but it seemed perfectly placed.

        The lack of music, to me, made the tone feel as bleak and hopeless as it needed to feel. Some scenes played out like horror, which helped me to put myself into Katniss’s shoes as she witnessed the chaos and violence unfold in front of her.

        As for the close-ups and the camera work in general, I agree with Chiguy. But like I said earlier when I was talking to Peter, there were a few too many scenes that the director chose to portray with shaky-cam.

  12. I loved the movie. The rue relationship was short changed, and the point about hunger is VERY valid. One of the scenes that sticks with me the most in the book was the feasting and purging at the capital, and the revulsion towards the capital that katniss felt. There needed to be more enmity built up between katniss an snow…

    I gave the movie 4 stars. It was awesome and very very well acted, and adapted well to he screen.

  13. Having read all three books multiple times, I knew without a doubt I would be in line for the movie at midnight, and I was. I got to the theater at 6 PM, and the movie was well worth the wait. It was, in a word, outstanding. The graphics were absolutely beautiful, and the $9 billion spent in production costs were used perfectly.
    However, I feel that the book-to-movie adaptation lacked a little in the accuracy area. We all know that a book will always be “better” than a movie because it’s our interpretation. We don’t have a budget, actors, a time schedule to work with, and our mind adapts it to the way we want it. And when we actually see it on the big screen, we all freak out because it isn’t what we expected. The Hunger Games is a very long and extensive series. Including everything in the book would have no doubt made it 6 hours long. But I do feel that some important characters were cut, such as the avoxes, which are a huge part of Katniss’ memory, and throughout the series.
    Altogether, I enjoyed it immensely, and will be seeing it again on Sunday.

  14. I read all three books and loved them, I when to the movie last night at 12 with out question and I have to say I was very pleased! Although there were parts I was upset that were left out, I thought that the role between katniss and haymitch was very much short changed, they also didn’t show how katniss felt in debt to to many of the characters,I also feel that they should have put in peata finding out that katniss was acting in the arena(not sure how that will work in a sequel) along with what everyone else already stated. But all being said it was a great movie and I’m looking foreword to Catching Fire

  15. just saw the movie. liked it a lot.
    i have two questions, both, sadly, age related (my age, i’m 64).
    1. i had to leave for a short toilet break just as katniss was treed. i got back just before she cut down the wasp nest. What happened? Did Peeta help her in some way? And did their mentor get her some help from the sponsors then (i left just as he was lobbying them)?
    2. What did the guy from district one say just before katniss shot him in the hand. (i’m a bit hard of hearing.)

    thanks

    • All the careers fell asleep. Haymitch sent her medicine for her leg, but Rue was in a different tree and told katniss about the bees.
      im not sure what cato said to katniss before that. i know he said shoot me and you will lose us both and you will win.

  16. Not sure why they replaced all the dialog from the book. The new dialog is terrible, and the acting was only believable in a couple of scenes. Almost every character had one of their defining characteristics eroded away by changes to the plot and dialog that just did not make any sense. I was left shaking my head and cursing Hollywood. Read on for spoilerific details on all of the character degradation. Katniss, who in the book can not stand to owe anyone for anything, takes the mockingjay pin for free? Haymitch is more like a land-locked Cpt. Jack Sparrow than a broken old slob haunted by darkness. Effie was spot on, but her greatest line in the book (where she tells the tributes from 12 that she might finally get promoted to a decent district) was left out. Katniss immediately stumbles into drinking water 5 seconds into the games. The scene between Katniss and Thresh did not connect because they simplified the discussion of Rue down to a brief mention. The missing dialog between Peeta and Katniss about why she was spared could have helped make up for it. Cato’s drawn out speech at the end was straight character assassination, turning him from the biggest bad ass in the games to a wimpering p*ssy. The whole romance story was streamlined and simplified down to “two guys like one girl, and she picks one of them.” That could have been rectified if they had simply kept the original dialog from the train ride home to district 12. President Snow was poorly cast, and failed to project all but the faintest hint of evil. If they weren’t going to hint at danger when Snow speaks to Katniss at the end, then they should have cut the scene completely. I have plenty of other gripes about changes I felt were detrimental to the story or just pointless. Thresh was supposed to grab two packs, including Cato’s in the scene where he spares Katniss. Cato was supposed to hunt and kill Thresh, not the muttations. The muttations just looked like dogs with roid rage, not intelligent, organized pack hunters with the eyes of the fallen tributes and tags with the district numbers to match. Nothing is made of Haymitch’s decision to put all of his sponsor resources into keeping Katniss alive while giving nothing to Peeta. The book continually engaged me emotionally, but the movie only had a couple of scenes that connected. Most of the acting was uninspired, but it’s hard to fault them with such awful dialog to work with. Was the author of the screenplay afraid of getting in trouble for copyright infringement? Why did he scrap all of that good writing? Did anybody involved in this film other than the actress playing Effie Trinket even read the book?

    • i second all of that!

      • I second that secondly.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more. Such strong points touched upon in your comment. The change of dialogue was very disconcerting. It ruined some very precious moments. I’m curious as to whether anyone else felt that the end of the movie was rushed? From the time Katniss finds Peeta to them going home on the train? This section of the book was over 150 pages, close to 1/3 of the whole book, however it seemed compiled into a crappy 20 minutes. Also did anyone else feel as though Peeta came off as a creeper? “I watched you walk home from school everyday…EVERYDAY.” Where the heck did that come from? I fell in love with the internal struggle of Katniss deciphering her feelings for Peeta and think the film missed out on a lot of subtext by not having any voice over. Haymitch is rarely drunk and is not supposed to be an endearing character to Katniss. That really bothered me because I feel as though Haymitch has so much depth as a character and now all that is lost.

      • I’ve always felt that both the book and now the movie feel very rushed from about the announcement of the feast to the end. In the book it almost felt the Ms. Collins felt she was starting to get a little long winded and wanted to wrap it up and the movie kept with that feeling for me.

      • Completely agree with you! I loved this part of the book so much because I felt I was falling for Peeta the same time Katniss was. But in the movie it was so rushed! I didn’t believe their romance. I really hope that in the next film they spend more time on the relationships, which are the drivers of how Katniss reacts! I also felt that they should’ve added the part where Peeta feels betrayed, I felt so bad for him.

      • *** BOOK 2 and 3 SPOILERZ ***

        Totz agree with ur Peeta character criticism. One of the Peeta’s most marked traits throughout the first and second books (and what makes his “hijacking” in Mockingjay soOooOO significant) is that he is light, and funny, and kind, and as Katniss says many times throughout the books, “knows the right thing to say when nobody else does” (paraphrasing). That Peeta was ABSOTOOTLY lacking in the film. He made like 1 sorry joke. I’m still SEETHING about the cutting of “You here to finish me off, sweetheart?” and “Remember we’re supposed to be madly in love so feel free to kiss me anytime,” lines. (Again, paraphrasing). 2 SECONDS IS ALL IT WOULD’VE TAKEN. TWO SECONDS.

        IS THAT REALLY SO MUCH TO ASK!

    • CalebGT- Suzanne Collins(who wrote the hunger games) also wrote the script for the movie. Just saying, I didn’t expect it to leave out so much vital information when I heard she wrote the scripts original draft herself and then help with final copy also.
      http://hungergamesdwtc.net/production/

      • Justin – Thanks for telling me. I don’t know what to say. I wanted to believe she was pushed out of the process because that script just isn’t up to the quality of her books. Now that I know she wrote the first and last draft, I’ve lost a lot of respect for her :(

        • I enjoyed the book (haven’t read the last two yet, I plan on starting soon), but I thought that the dialogue for certain characters felt a little off. In that respect, the movie wasn’t too far off with the style of the characters’ speaking. A lot of important dialogue was omitted though, I agree with that.

          As far as Woody Harrelson goes, I enjoyed him as Haymitch. As someone who hasn’t read the last two books, I get the impression that his character’s past will be explored much further as the series continues. The first book gives you hints of how good of a person he actually is, but to be honest, if the movie had portrayed him as he was portrayed in the first book, he wouldn’t have been all that sympathetic of a character. We’re not supposed to understand him entirely in the first book, and in my opinion the movie does a good job at teasing his good qualities without telling you everything there is to know about the character.

          His role as a seeker of funding was actually expanded on in the movie; that made the character a lot more endearing to me than anything I read in the book.

          • Which isn’t to say that the book is bad, I enjoyed it very much. It’s just that the author is timing how she reveals different aspects of the character. No harm in that, but I understand why the character was tweaked for the series’ film introduction.

    • CalebGT- Suzanne Collins(who wrote the hunger games) also wrote the script for the movie. Just saying, she wrote the scripts original draft herself and then help with final copy also.

    • We don’t get to see anything! No fight is good, except maybe the bloodbath, but even that is weak. The cave scene is laughable. In the books when the announcement is made that two can win, Katniss starts screaming Peeta’s name. Not in the movie, she just walks a little up a river bed a Voila! there is Peeta, in the stupidest camouflage you’ve ever seen. I understand that time is an issue, but the little things they left out that have nothing to do with time, like her yelling Peeta’s name, are just lazy. When she gets Clove’s knife to the head it was like Clove had scratched her with a fingernail. No blood or anything. The picnic scene was totally omitted. Actually the entire cave scene is laughable, especially the fact that Peeta is a whiny little wimp instead of a funny, in love badass who doesn’t care about his leg as long as Katniss is there. And one of the most poignant and devastating parts at the end when they talk on the train and Peeta finds out that Katniss was doing it all for show, non existent in any capacity. The tracker jackers were cool, but the muttations just looked like giant rottweilers, they didn’t have collars with the district name on them, and they certainly didn’t stand up on their hind legs and figure out how to get onto the cornucopia. Gale just looked like a giant jerk when he scoffed and Peeta and Katniss’s kisses because you didn’t have any clue that Katniss might have feelings for him. But the most annoying part wasn’t the shaky camera work or the stupid adaptation of the Rue scene, or the laughable Cato wah wah scene, it was when Katniss volunteered for tribute and the crowd put all their fingers on their mouths and saluted her. This undermines the entire point of the movies/books. That Katniss is just a pawn in a game, that she is not choosing to be a revolutionary, but it is what naturally occurs. Devastating to the story line to make her seem like it’s her choice, they even made her snarky towards President Snow at the end, yeah…right. I say boooooooo.

      • Very good points, Luci, especially the parts about her not screaming Peeta’s name without thinking before realizing how dangerous it was to give her position away like that. District 12 saluting felt very wrong to me too. District 12 is one of the most cowed of all the districts. In the book, the fact that they stayed silent when Effie called for applause was the most rebellious act they could muster. Their silent dissent was all that they dared because an act like saluting could get you killed. That salute should have been saved for the victory tour to District 11 in what is sure to be a terrible sequel.

        • Also, they did not show that Peeta got the sword wound on his leg defending Katniss from Cato. Things like this don’t take extra screen time to show. It happens at the same time as he’s telling her to run.

          • precisely.

    • I felt that Katniss’ motivations were very vague in the movie. For example, in the book she’s kind of cold and calculating. She was never sure whether or not to trust Peeta. I didn’t get that in the movie. After Cato dies and Crane announces that the rules have changed again, she didn’t draw on Peeta with her bow like she did in the books. There was no spite or anger at the Capitol or the Games when she decided to eat the berries. The Rue/Prim relationship has already been touched on as far as there being no connection between the two.. So much of what drives her character was glossed over in the movie that I was sorely disappointed with the movie.

      Still a better movie than most adaptations though, but I think that these are core things that should have been included.

    • Agreed on every point ya’ll made. One scene that I find un-needed is when Haymitch goes to the head game maker and tells him to show the audience a star crossed lovers story, not bc it wasn’t in the book, but bc it completely undermines Katniss and essentially changes the story. Now Haymitch is a softy and so is the game maker. Although a drunkard, which wasn’t portrayed well, if at all, Haymitch was one of my favorie characters bc he was a broken individual, but charistmatic and deep down really cares for Peeta and Katniss. He gave them tough love and kept it real. Now for the movie him and Katniss are best buds? I just can’t get down with it, especially since he is jack@ss the whole series. It’s like they tried to use the movie to portray scenes that weren’t in the book, to enhance the story, but failed miserably.

    • Actually, the author of the book, Suzanne Collins, was so extensively involved she got credit as co-screenwriter and an executive producer. She not only signed off on every detail, but helped craft the movie!

      • Msb, thanks, Justin pointed that out already. I stand by all of my complaints. She did a crap job of bringing the emotional impact of the book to the big screen.

    • lest hupo loses my reply i’ll do it here as well. i agree with you on all, it’s kind of thin , the reason i liked it is because i expected much worse and i’ve been against the casting of lawrence from the start.
      the fact that she looks so healthy and well fed throughout is already a sign that this is a hollywood version of a book .
      compared to my expectations the film was good. it did not show the real hardship of district 12 or the games , or develop the characters enough. if i hadn’t read the books i’d not have got a few things.
      having had low expectations can be a blessing.
      it seems you feel about this much like i feel about ” winter’s bone ” where lawrence also plays someone in extreme poverty who looks glowing with health.
      harrelson was sexy, i enjoyed that. it’s hollywood, what can you say. did you ever see ” tell no one ” ? harlan coben refused to sell the rights to hollywood , the french did a superior job with it.

    • The “author of the screenplay” was Suzanne Collins herself. Do your research before you do your bashing.

      • That doesn’t make the movie any less disappointing.

  17. I had read and loooveed the books but was disappointed with the movie. The books had so much potential but the dialogue had almost no substance, the camera work was shaky, and the director cut out so many crucial parts. SPOILER ALERT!!! With Lavinia the Avox they did not explain how she was important to Katniss, the relationship with Rue was OK at best, and they completely cut out Madge! They didnt explain the importance of the mockingjay or why Katniss hunts. AND after I finished watching the movie I realized that next to none of the songs on the album were actually in the movie. This was a disappointment to me considering the potential it had. I might not bother to see Catching Fire unless something changes.

  18. I loved this movie greatly, and to all the haters of the movie, SUZANNE COLLINS HELPED WRITE THIS!!!! So she obviously knows the book better than anyone, so the decisions she helped make for the script are GOOD. I’m happy with the movie.

    And I didn’t mind having the cat black and white, I mean, it’s not a major plot point….

    And IMHO, Rue’s death was changed for the better. It showed that there was a hope that Rue would survive, and live a little longer.

    And Seneca appearing in the movie was cool. I liked that they didn’t JUST focus on the games. I liked they showed what actually goes into making the games so great.

    • Ok, there was as much substance in your comment as there was in the movie… Zero. Just playing, kind of. Rue’s death was not changed for the better, as is mentioned and discussed in the thread. Rue’s death is important on Katniss is a sant turning point for

      • Nice job finishing your comment.

        And I guess it’s only a matter of personal opinion. I think that Rue’s scene was just as good as it was in the book, it may have not been your eyes, but in mine, it was.

    • why don’t we put Santa in a yellow suit and Rudolph with a red nose – Darth Vader can sport a white outfit – None of that would change the story line…..It’s not just the cat….it’s the entire movie – We all realize there would be differences…But this was beyond changes…It’s an abridged version that nailed an outline of the book…at best!!

    • I don’t know why everyone keeps pointing out that she helped write the script. It doesn’t change the fact that it turned out worse than horrible. Maybe she shouldn’t give up her day job, and just stick to writing amazing books.

  19. Update and expansion of my earlier post:

    I hated this movie. Perhaps if I had not read the book, I would have seen a movie that was just okay. Having loved the book and the characters, this movie left me severely disappointed.

    Not sure why they replaced all the dialog from the book. The new dialog is terrible, and the acting was only believable in a couple of scenes. Almost every character had one of their defining characteristics eroded away by changes to the plot and dialog that just did not make any sense. I was left shaking my head and cursing Hollywood. Read on for spoilerific details on all of the character degradation.

    I could tell from the preview that they changed the origin story for the mockingbird pin, and that helps them drop the Mayor’s daughter to save some time while also setting up that Katniss cares for her sister. However, Katniss, who in the book can not stand to owe anyone for anything, takes the mockingjay pin in exchange for nothing. Somehow I just don’t see Katniss picking up gold jewelry in the hob. At that point in the story she’s much more concerned with keeping her family and friends from starving to death. Even so, she hates owing anyone for anything, and always repays a kindness. That whole gripe evaporates if she gives the old lady a squirrel for it.

    The Haymitch in the movie is more like a land-locked Cpt. Jack Sparrow than a broken old slob haunted by the darkness of his own games and the 46 dead children he personally mentored and failed. Effie was spot on, but her greatest line in the book (where she tells the tributes from 12 that she might finally get promoted to a decent district) was left out. They did not show that Peeta takes the sword wound defending Katniss from Cato. That one wouldn’t even take any extra screen time as it happens at the same time as yelling at her to run. In the book, when they announce the rule change, Katniss immediately starts yelling for Peeta, disregarding the danger of advertising her position; in the movie, she just whispers his name to herself. The scene between Katniss and Thresh did not connect because they simplified the discussion of Rue down to a brief mention. The missing dialog between Peeta and Katniss about why Thresh spared her could have helped make up for that. Cato’s drawn out speech at the end was straight character assassination, turning him from the biggest bad ass in the games to a wimpering p*ssy. President Snow was poorly cast, and failed to project all but the faintest hint of evil. If they weren’t going to hint at danger when Snow speaks to Katniss at the end, then they should have cut the scene completely.

    The whole romance story was streamlined and simplified down to “two guys like one girl, and she picks one of them.” That could have been rectified if they had simply kept the original dialog from the train ride home to district 12. That’s when Peeta learns that, to Katniss, the romance angle was all an act for the cameras, and he starts to resent her a little. She shows no sign of having feelings for Gale in the whole movie, which makes Gale’s character completely disposable. We don’t even really see them hunt together. They just have a picnic in the woods, and at the reaping he promises to look after her family. If I haven’t read the books, do I even know Gale has value beyond looking a lot like a certain spurned werewolf from another popular teen love triangle?

    I have plenty of other gripes about changes I felt were detrimental to the story or just pointless. Katniss immediately stumbles into drinking water 5 seconds into the games. Dehydration was the first major challenge of the game, and it almost killed her. Water is completely taken for granted once again when the career camp isn’t guarding the lake. Thresh was supposed to grab two packs, including Cato’s in the scene where he spares Katniss. Cato was supposed to hunt and kill Thresh, not the muttations. The muttations just looked like dogs with roid rage, not intelligent, organized pack hunters with the eyes of the fallen tributes and tags with the district numbers to match. Nothing is made of Haymitch’s decision to put all of his sponsor resources into keeping Katniss alive while giving nothing to Peeta. Instead of Peeta pointing out that he has not received anything from Haymitch, his new line says he hasn’t received “much.” That leaves the viewer to believe that maybe he got a little something, but not as much as Katniss. The completely vapid change of one word from “anything” to “much” erases Haymitch’s cold but practical strategy of committing to protect only one of them.

    I fully understand that they had to tone down the gore to get a PG-13 rating, but the scene where Rue is killed looked painfully fake. Which is to say, it didn’t look all that painful. The spear barely went deep enough to scratch Rue’s sternum, and the arrow didn’t look like a believable kill shot either. This is Katniss we’re talking about here. Headshot, please! Neither wound looked more fatal than Katniss’ burn or Peeta’s leg wound, but we are supposed to accept that they both die within seconds. Others will complain that Rue gets out of the net before the spear hits which isn’t how it happened in the book. I care more that in this version, Katniss gets to Rue in time, but fails to protect her even though she’s standing between Rue and the spearman. That change makes our heroine look weak. One very important, split-second shot was missing to cement Katniss’ feelings toward Rue: a shot where she looks at Rue, but sees her sister Prim instead. Without that connection back to the emotionally charged scene where she volunteers for her beloved little sister, the death of Rue holds little emotional impact.

    The book continually engaged me emotionally, but the movie only had a couple of scenes that connected. Most of the acting was uninspired, but it’s hard to fault them with such awful dialog to work with. Was the author of the screenplay afraid of getting in trouble for copyright infringement? Why did he scrap all of that good writing? Did anybody involved in this film other than the actress playing Effie Trinket even read the book? It turns out that Suzanne Collins herself wrote the first and last draft of the script. I am still in disbelief of that fact. She did a terrible job of translating the emotional impact of her own work onto the big screen.

    • I completely agree! That said everything! Did anybody notice that president snow had one crown and gave it to katniss? Maybe I would have liked the movie better if I hadnt read the book. The movie was just missing too much. Actually I’m sure I would have enjoyed the movie more if I had never read the book

    • i agree with most of your comments here. the one that i think you missed is the responce of the people in district 12 to katniss after she volunteered. in the book it seemed like this crowd, expected to applaud, rather extends the show of respect towards katniss. i imagined a slow responce. first one person does it, then a few more, then more, until the crowd all has their fingers up. that’s emotional, that’s respectful, that is realistic. in the movie it was like “1, 2, 3 – everyone give the signal!” completely insincere. like they throw that signal out every day, not like it was something that had the potential to insight riots.

  20. Never read the books and left the theater thinking, what’s the point of the kids killing each other. For entertainment and to keep control in the districts, but i didn’t really see how it kept people in control since a riot broke out. Didn’t really buy the love story of it either, first he wants her killed then she helps him afterwards when both can go home. This movie was a mess, didn’t really buy the relationship with “Rue” either, they met, ate dinner, did a whistle and “Rue” died, seemed more of forced plot device then anything. The apples setting off the mines….ok, then she’s out in the open and the main bad guy(can’t even remember his name) can’t even see her standing in the open of the field. It was ok, i bet for those who have read the books will get “it” more but i was lost and thought it was way to rushed, all the other tributes had no development, a girls with knives, and a blonde haired bad guy. The wasps were cool though and the dogs at the end felt as if they needed to wrap up the movie quickly, i was hoping Katnip and Blondie would fight it out after Blondie killed Baker Blondie for an epic fight and climax, but we got dogs to rush the ending. And I’ve done better camera work in film classes, i still have a headache.

  21. Good first draft, how about finishing the movie? Get some pace at the start, grab attention, develop some characters, establish the key parameters? Where was the awesome futuristic soundtrack promised by the theatrical trailer? How about more of the timely cuts to Ceasar Flickerman filling in the blanks? Loads more character development on relationships would be amazing, second comments on Katniss and Rue said elsewhere on this site. Was rather amazed that within 63 seconds running time their whole friendship had gone from “hello” to sleeping together. What was the relationship with Gale all about? The only characters who shone Effie, and Seneca Crane. Any comments on time pressures really did not count, I was bored and thought this film failed to grab up till entry to the arena. More blood and gore – not sure what classes as a US PG13 but over here in Brit Land there is more blood and violence in the average unclassified episode of South Park. Shame this was not released and funded by an A-Grade studio with AAA Grade director who could properly transfer the key elements of the book onto the screen without broiling the meat of the story into a can of sterlized spam. The concept is harrowing, the reaping almost as tortuous as the games itself, this was so badly lost, in fact the trailer told the story better!

  22. I actually was disappointed with it.

    They made the Games seem easy compared to the book. I know that a lot of the difficulties wouldn’t be fun to watch on screen (dehydration, difficulty finding water, freezing cold nights), but they seemed a lot faster and simpler in the film.

    I missed a lot of the “strategy” of the book. Going to all of the training activities as a pair, etc. Lessened the impact of Peeta being trained separately for his speech. I thought the whole romance in the arena FOR sponsorship gifts was lost.

    I also thought they made Katniss seem less ruthless. Less willing to do anything to survive. Primarily when they announced that there could only be one winner of the Games, and she didn’t point her arrow at him. She just stood there looking dumbfounded and unwilling to kill him, same as Peeta. So this totally took away the significance of the berries, in my mind. Because then the berries didn’t seem like a ploy to survive. They seemed like a cop out because she was too weak and afraid to kill him (not because of love, but because she wasn’t a killer).

  23. Having just read this book only a week ago, it was exciting to have the movie available ‘so quickly’. My poor kids had to wait ‘forever’ for the movie to come out since they read the book eons ago.

    My overall feeling is that while the movie is entertaining enough on a superficial level and the major themes were addressed, there are so many unanswered questions. If I hadn’t read the book, I would have walked out of the theater saying, “why this, why that, why did?” Good ploy in order to sell more books because now you have to read the book to understand the rest of the movie. Must be Collins’ intention =/

    Most of my feelings have already been expressed by others but here were a couple of minor things that irritated me:
    1. the cat (need I say more?)
    2. the pin/Madge – significance – hello? This omission is HUGE!
    3. Katniss’ clothes – the firey dress spin @ the interview. Did I miss something? Did it have fire in the book? Thought it was a sparkly pink with jewels. Also, her exit interview dress – thought it was supposed to be innocent so as to depict more the ‘the facade’ of the ‘romance’ b/c that’s the way Haymitch wanted it to be. It was too glamourous and over the top.
    4. didn’t get to see the ‘body extractor’ once
    5. Katniss didn’t actually ever look hungry
    6. Where was Haymitch falling off the stage at the Reaping?
    7. thought Foxwise getting to the ‘goody pile’ was too easy. Thought it was supposed to be more of a complicated series of steps than just hopping over piles of dirt.
    8. never got the feeling that Katniss was putting on a show during Peeta scenes to get the sponsors.
    9. Never got the feeling that Katniss was doing Cato a favor by killing him with the arrow in the end.

    What I liked was:
    1. the bee scene. Like the use of shaky camera to depict her wooziness
    2. the scene of chaos in District 11 and the show of unity.
    3. liked that a lot of the book was relatively true to the book compared to other book/movie remakes

    Now that I’ve seen the movie, I can start reading the next book.

  24. Listen, I for one have read all three books, and ‘when I heard there was gonna be a movie, i was like —- yh!!!’ (tell me where that quote is from)ANYWAY, i went in to see the film already reading some bad reviews, and believe me, I WILL NEVER listen to those people who gave bad reviews of this film ever again. The film was PRACTICALLY FLAWLESS, only minor hitches–> The way Katniss obtains the pin is ridiculous, the film did seem a bit rushed at times, other than these two things, the film was amazing and highly enjoyable! Honestly, the crap I heard about the camera shaking is ridiculous, it was a type of filming, and it’s not like it lasted the WHOLE MOVIE anyway, if you have not read the books (not just the 1st but all three) then clearly you will have an issue with this film because it is targeted to people who HAVE READ THE BOOKS FIRST!! So screw all the haters and enjoy the Hunger Games film ,which I for one thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you :) (P.S hardly any dialogue was changed, if you read and remembered the book you would see that.)

    • I read the books and I have a problem with it…. 1. Peeta’s leg never got amputated like in the book (which mite I add is a huge thing and a disadvantage going into the quarter qwells) 2. They mentioned nothing about the genes of the contestent going into the wolf mutations which looked like fat dogs which was also important

    • Also a movie shouldn’t be aimed to only the readers. And even tho I did read it I feel it didn’t do the job of explaining the characters and situation like it should

  25. Lmao @ the purist comments.

    Guys the adaptation was marvellous, it was very close to the book. I enjoyed the movie very much.

    • Thank you, it really was a great adaption.

  26. honestly, i hated the camera work to be honest.
    everything was shaky, as if the director couldnt keep his hands still.
    and i think that the movie didnt show as much feeling than the book did, katniss was so open in the book and described each character with more emotion, in the movie they didnt really describe the character as well.
    also, i think the rue seen wasnt as i expected, i was hoping to feel sad but it was better in the book.
    and the peeta & katniss relationship shouldve had more scenes like in the train and better cave scenes……….
    overall ,i wish it couldve been better, but it was still amazing.

  27. There were definitely some parts I was mad they omitted (first major disappointment was haymitch not falling off the stage) but I was glad they showed the games control room and I liked the commentary of ceaser and claudius.

    As much as I liked the movie though, I can’t help but feel empty. I became a huge “team peeta” fan when reading. I LOVED their love/faking of love in the cave scenes in the book- cuddling in the sleeping bag, the rain and all. In the exit interview- them cuddled on the love seat, her head on his shoulder. I was getting goosebumps waiting for those scenes while watching the movie- and those scenes/body language didn’t happen. I’m trying to be positive, because I did enjoy the movie (glad I read first though!) but I can’t shake this feeling of emptiness with the missing peeta and katniss moments. Any “team peeta” people feel empty too?

    That all said, the 2 guys that went with me and had read were both for “team gale” and the lack of mushy peeta scenes made them like him more (the lack of gale’s relationship may have also helped that too). Any “team gale” people like peeta better after seeing the movie?

    • I agree, I just don’t see how their relationship is going to be believable going into movie 2 and getting to Peeta’s change in the 3rd. Just left way too much out to make that seem possible. The only thing I can hope is that since Catching Fire doesn’t have as much going on in the beginning as Mockingjay, that they’ll build their relationship in the 2nd movie. I hope that a lot of the train scenes will be about them while on their tour… otherwise, I just don’t think they’ll be able to finish up the movie believably.

      And I just have to add that just because the writer of the books was behind the movie, does not make it ok to omit so much of what is critical to the story. If someone hasn’t read the books, it doesn’t matter who’s writing the story if they can’t follow it! :/

  28. There were definitely some parts I was mad they omitted (first major disappointment was haymitch not falling off the stage) but I was glad they showed the games control room and I liked the commentary of ceaser and claudius.
    As much as I liked the movie though, I can’t help but feel empty. I became a huge “team peeta” fan when reading. I LOVED their love/faking of love in the cave scenes in the book- cuddling in the sleeping bag, the rain and all. In the exit interview- them cuddled on the love seat, her head on his shoulder. I was getting goosebumps waiting for those scenes while watching the movie- and those scenes/body language didn’t happen. I’m trying to be positive, because I did enjoy the movie (glad I read first though!) but I can’t shake this feeling of emptiness with the missing peeta and katniss moments. Any “team peeta” people feel empty too?
    That all said, the 2 guys that went with me and had read were both for “team gale” and the lack of mushy peeta scenes made them like him more (the lack of gale’s relationship may have also helped that too). Any “team gale” people like peeta better after seeing the movie?

  29. Sorry for posting twice!! My bad :/