(sorted alphabetically, as always):
It’s official, I’m now a fan of Miss Stone as well. :D
I love the movie, by the way. It’s- Well, it’s kind of predictable in its own way, but I’m still a sucker for stories like this. I love Skeeter, I love Minny and Aibileen, and I love Celia Foote to my surprise, hahah.
(And boy, I did tear up a couple of times during the movie, dammit.)
And in my mind, Aibileen goes together with Skeeter to New York at the end of the movie, and then she becomes the first ever African-American writer to be hired by Mrs. Stein. Skeeter and Aibileen become flatmates, obviously, before Skeeter finally finds a perfect New York gentleman and then she gets married.
I’ve got a guy on my staff who got hit in the head with a glass door Thursday. His forehead wouldn’t stop bleeding, but he wouldn’t go to a doctor ‘cause I got another guy who got beat up covering Cairo. And the first guy wouldn’t see a doctor until the second guy saw a doctor. I’ve got a producer who ran into a locked door ‘cause he felt responsible for the second guy.
I’ve got an 18-year-old kid risking his life halfway around the world, and the AP who sent him there hasn’t slept in three days. I’ve got 20-somethings who care about teachers in Wisconsin. I’ve got a grown woman who has to subtract with her fingers staying up all night trying to learn economics from a PhD who could be making 20 times the money three miles downtown.
Come after me all you want, Nina. Come after me every day. Look through my garbage. Invent things out of thin air. That’s what you’re paid for. But you touch my staff and you are walking into a world of hurt. I have an hour of prime time every night and I will rededicate my life to ruining yours."
Not bad, not bad at all (as in: I don’t hate it), but still the book is superior.
But that’s just the way it is with book to movie adaptation. You lose the main character’s inner monologue. It’s just that one of the reasons that I like the trilogy so much is precisely that, Katniss’ inner monologue, especially the part when she’s conflicted about ‘owing Peeta one’ but fully knowing that she might have to eliminate him later in the game. Instant conflict! And I became the fan of Katniss right there and then, because she isn’t ungrateful but merely a realist, and she just doesn’t have the luxury to be a hopeful person.
And I grow to like Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. His Peeta looks so harmless and kind, and that’s the way I always picture Peeta to be. I still cringed when Josh delivered the ‘I don’t want to be a mere piece in their game’ because it’s such a cringe-worthy line, IMO, but at least he tried.
I just wish that the movie takes its pace slower, because I’d like to feel Panem as a world first. And of course I’m hoping for more elaborate back stories of Katniss, Gale, Peeta and also Katniss’ family. Things just got lost or misunderstood when you cut some of the book material to fit them into the movie. For instance, they never explain why Katniss behaves the way she is towards Prim and her mother, and it’s only when you read the first book that you understand why. And why Gale doesn’t volunteer as tribute. And why you also root for Peeta alongside Katniss.
But I like the action. Cato is chilling, the way he can so easily break another boy’s neck - snap! - just like that made me shudders. Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss, she feels distant - just like how Katniss should be - but yet you feel for her. Gale is, well, Liam isn’t given a lot to work with, because even in the book the character fades into the background as the game progresses, but the viewers in the cinema react strongly when Katniss kisses Peeta and the camera pans to Gale, so I guess everyone does like some love triangle story.