So I went and saw the Hunger Games. It was not what I was hoping for. In fact, I was disappointed. Please don’t misunderstand me, the storyline was great and stayed fairly true to the books, but it was the cinematography that angered me. The camera was so shaky that it made me nauseous almost instantly. I paid $13 to watch a movie with my eyes closed for more than half the show. I was tempted to leave in the first 10 minutes, but I really wanted to see this movie.
I understand the shakiness of the camera in the actions scenes. That makes sense. But why at the beginning of the movie during the reaping and other “calmer” scenes would they not use some kind of tripod to steady the camera?! The creators of the movie knew, even before the movie was made, that they were going to make millions of dollars on this movie. The book is a phenomenal success, hence the movie. I just don’t get it. Somebody else said to me that it was the new thing to hand hold the camera. Supposedly it gives the feeling of being more real. They are trying to place the viewer in the action. I think it’s a ridiculous idea.
I have talked to some of my friends and most of them didn’t even notice the camera moving at all. I really wish I wasn’t so sensitive and that I wasn’t prone to motion sickness.
Oh and I really dislike the choice of actor for Peeta. He was just nowhere near what I imagined him to be. On the other side of the spectrum, the actress chosen for Katniss was perfect!
Despite the shakiness, I will probably watch the next 2 movies whenever they are released. I will be forewarned about the cinematography and so hopefully I won’t be as disappointed.
Ugh, sorry for the whiny ranting post.
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