May 19, 2011

Ok, Now I'll Talk About The Hunger Games


There have been tons of cast speculations, rumored stars attached, and typical internet nonsense associated with what is sure to be a tentpole movie franchise, The Hunger Games. Based on a trilogy of novels (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) by Suzanne Collins and making its way to the big screen next year, everyone has been buzzing about this one. So why haven't I covered it here on CCD very much (if at all)? 


I haven't covered it because I hate the speculation game that the internet has become lately. They announce a movie and right away start attaching people to roles, bashing confirmed casting decisions, and criticizing something long before it even shoots in front of cameras. The tipping point for me was when they cast Andrew Garfield as the new Spiderman. People got mad at the casting and said dumb shit like he was to 'skinny' for the role. Wait... what? He is to skinny? He is playing a teenager, and the role was played by the elfish Tobey McGuire. Forget that Garfield is a proven actor who has had great performances... people wanted to bash the casting just to bash it. Since then I have made a concerted effort to steer clear of casting rumors and wait for concrete facts. In the case of The Hunger Games, we got that today.

Whats wrong with this? Nothing, that's what!

Jennifer Lawrence will be portraying the star of the book, Katniss Everdeen, in the movie version. When she was cast, people immediately got pissy. They whined that she was to blonde, and to old, and this and that.... yet they failed to acknowledge one thing: Jennifer Lawrence is a hell of an actress that was NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD LAST YEAR (and she probably should have one)!!!! Honestly, how can this be a bad thing? I want a good actress for the role.... this is fine for me. Here she is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly in the role. Judge for yourself.

EW of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.... nice!

Now, here are my critiques. First of all, I HAVE read the books and I loved them. Katniss is one of the strongest female characters I have ever read in any book, ever. Collins wrote her in such a way that you go from loving her to hating her to loving her again faster then you can turn a page. I enjoyed the books immensely, and when they cast Jenny Lawrence I was really excited. She is really hot, but she can fucking act. Watch Winter's Bone. That movie will change your life. Lawrence was nothing short of spectacular in that film, and it was a similar character to Katniss. So I am all in on this one. I can't wait to see this film. If you are a real fan of these books, you would love this picture and love Jennifer as Katniss. Stop being trolls and think before you type.

Ms. Collins, you killed it!

As for the rest of you guys and gals out there, you have at least a year before the film hits. I suggest getting the three books as soon as possible. They are fun and will be great summer reading, and Suzanne Collins shows authors like Stephanie Meyer how its done. They are only around 450 pages a piece, so make sure you get to these... you will not be disappointed. 

3 comments:

  1. I will still argue that she is too old, but she does have the look. She looks a lot like Emily Browning in that picture. Winter's Bone was awesome and she pretty much played a Katnisesque character in the movie, if Katniss was the daughter of a meth cooker.

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  2. Budd, I know Katniss is only 16 in the first book... but you have to take into account that if they cast a child (someone under 18) in the role then there are all types of child labor laws that can really gum up a movie shoot. It can be done, but if you can find a younger looking actress that is over 18, you miss all that nonsense. Lawrence is only 20. She is convincing as a late teen, and I think it helps the production since she is over 18.

    On the hand of her actually playing the part, she is perfect. It is very similar to her role in Winter's Bone, which she nailed. I like the casting. Not to mention that she will have to mature (both in age and character) in the future two films, so I am A-OK with this. I can not wait to see her in Cinna's opening night costume (that one is for all the REAL fans of the books, you know what I am referring too). That is when the choice of Jenny L will truly shine....

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  3. Damn! I'm so far behind on my reading. This sounds like a fantastic series. I can't wait to get into it!

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