Thursday, June 16, 2011

Collider Weighs In: The Hunger Games Movie Adaptation

Free Image Hosting at has a new article up examining how the Hunger Games novel will translate onto the silver screen. The piece, which discusses everything from casting Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, to the Twilight comparisons, to the PG-13 rating, gives a good overview of what will work on screen, and what might need to change.

"But toning down the violence and tweaking the costumes isn’t a big deal. While they do help color the world, they’re not essential to the plot. A larger question is can a director like Ross introduce the brutality and bleakness required of the story. His specialty up to this point has been feel-good pictures like Pleasantville and Seabiscuit and The Hunger Games doesn’t live anywhere close to those two movies. That’s not to say he isn’t capable of doing a strong adaptation, but it will most likely be completely unlike anything we’ve seen from him before.

The biggest challenge is the romance between Katniss and Peeta. The two tributes know they have to put on a show of romance for the viewers and sponsors, but Katniss’ internal monologue lets us know that she’s actually starting to fall for Peeta. But because this is a movie, how will Ross make the distinction between Katniss playing towards the TV cameras and playing towards the real camera? My first thought is to cut between a “TV feed” when she’s faking and the actual movie when she’s being authentic, but that approach may be a little too obvious and distracting."

You can read the rest of the article here
via hungergamesdwtc

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