First off, I want to say that I really enjoyed The Hunger Games, and would most likely go see it again. I thought it was a really creative idea and did a great job of bringing the book to life. Did I read the book? No. All I had to do was find a 13-year-old girl who explained it to me in every detail.
However, I’ll admit that there were 3 things I didn’t like about The Hunger Games. Not all of them have to do with the movie, but mostly the overall experience.
3. I was sitting in a sea of teenagers- I remember what it was like to be a teenager. In fact, I use to be one. But for some reason, I felt so out of place seeing The Hunger Games. Maybe it’s the fact that I can grow a beard or drive a car?
What it boiled down to was it felt like I was in a conversation where I knew nothing about the topic. Everyone was talking about the book and I had no idea what it was even about.
What was really odd was that when the movie started, everybody started clapping and I felt like I was in high school all over again. All the cool kids were clapping like it was an inside thing, and I felt left out.
It was a very surreal experience to be in a theatre with so many young people. They were full of energy, life and excitement. All those things started to fade for me around the age of 18.
My initial thought was to run away, but luckily, an old man and a few people my age walked in later, so I didn’t feel that badly.
2. The movie should have been rated R– Think about that for a second. Okay, good. This is the one big complaint I had with this movie.
If the Hunger Games had received an R rating, there would have been so much more violence and blood. Which, let’s be honest, that’s what most people wanted to see anyways. I didn’t care anything about the romance or back story, just get to the part where it’s every man for himself!
I understand that if the movie was rated R, then the target demographic couldn’t have gone to see it. But now that I’m over the age of 21, I don’t care about the people who are too young. I’m old enough! If it had been rated R, maybe the camera wouldn’t have been so shaky during the fight scenes and I could have left the theatre without a headache.
If the movie had an R rating, I think the actions scenes would have been a lot deeper and realistic. I mean, how often do you get to watch kids in an arena engaging in combat? It’s a pretty rare occurrence.
1. I had to sit through some crappy previews- Unfortunately, there were some pretty horrible previews before the movie started. I also believe that I was in a theatre with every Twilight fan in the county.
As soon as they showed the Twilight 20 second preview, all I could hear was high-pitched voices squealing. I’m just glad that they are finally putting an end to the series. Even though, 3 or 4 years from now, they will most likely do a reboot.
But then, I started thinking. Will the Hunger Games take over and be the new Twilight movies? This is a real concern to me because I think I’m going to enjoy the series, but I don’t want to be surrounded by squealing tweens when I decide to go to the theatre, but I digress.
Luckily, there were some previews to make me feel more comfortable. The Avengers and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter were two of the exceptions, but if I see the preview for Battleship or GI Joe: Retaliation one more time, I might just lose my mind.
Anyways, what did you think of the Hunger Games? Are you a bigger fan of the book or the film? Let me know in the comments section!