With the 8th death, I thought when will this end? When can I leave? Jennifer Lawrence is so amazing, but so many strange close ups? Smiles or not? Great visuals, but very video game. Great book, so why this movie? Harry Potter 'wanna be. Mediocre acting overall with a lot of close ups to make people look purposely stunning while they were dirty or sick. Touching turned sappy. Don't go with the crowd. Read the book and imagine. Look through the movie tricks and remember fascism and the Kardasians.
Signed, The Lone Teenager
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The Lone Teenager is a strong vote against the movie, but a second reason I’ll not see it (at least yet) is fear that the movie will soften the novel’s powerfully realized depiction of absolute power corrupted absolutely (Lord Acton), and metaphor for benighted parts of the world now and countless times in history.
In the novel, mention is made of a 13th District wiped out for some transgression, as Hafez-al Assad (father of the present tyrant) wiped out residents of Hama in 1982, and as tyrants past, Pol Pot to Mao Tse Tung, to Josef Stalin to Adolf Hitler, to Caligula, to Mephistopheles were indifferent to mass murder.
Imagine the U.S. with a narcissistic Newt Gingrich or Herman Cain in power. How glibly they would rationalize 99.9% relegated to survival mode while a fawning bubble-wrapped blood-sucking passel of sycophantic retainers feed like zombies on their substance, everyone kept in a state of emotional numbness by grisly distractions which are also warnings to be grateful for whatever crumbs fall their way.
Must buy the next book in the series.