I need to just stop reading books, period. It only leads to heartache.
Believe me when I tell you that I understand 100000% that changes must be made to adapt a book for the big screen. I DO. I went through this with Potter and I made it out unscathed. But when you make nonsensical changes that rob scenes of their dramatic power, that's when I gotta bust out the FUCK YOUS. So....
FUCK YOU for not explaining what the Muttations were. Or even having them as what they are in the book. What are they, you might ask? Well, those fucking Hulk dogs near the end are actually meant to be mutated forms of the dead Tributes. OH YES. Katniss looks at one of them in the book and realizes that it looks just like Foxface, and she puts 2 and 2 together. Here? RANDOM ASS HULK DOGS. Way to go, hiding their shitty CGI forms under cover of darkness. GOLF CLAPS FOR YOU FUCKS. That moment was horrific and terrifying in the book. Here? RANDOM ASS HULK DOGS.
FUCK YOU for not clearly delineating that Katniss is not in love with Peeta by film's end. Remember the moment right before the final interview where Katniss is coached by Haymitch on what to say, and we see her looking at Peeta adoringly? FOR SHOW. On the train, Peeta is fucking GUTTED when Katniss reveals that it was all for show, that she did not love him, and Katniss is shocked as hell when she finds out that Peeta truly did love her, that he wasn't lying, that those stories he said were the gospel truth. When Haymitch is coaching her at the end, she asks what Peeta is going to say and Haymitch answers, "Don't worry, he's already there." she doesn't figure this out until the end. Already there=he's in love with you and he won't have to act like you will. Removing that made no damn sense to me, and I can't convey in words how disappointed I was that they chose to let that plot thread just slip away.
There's other changes here and there that honestly didn't bother me, and even enhanced the story, but two big moments that I was excited to see got dicked. Jen IS Katniss. I was worried about Lenny Kravitz, but he's the perfect Cinna. Woody is the perfect Haymitch. Banks is great as Effie. Neither Lego Head or Thor's Brother made any impression on me.
P.S. The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter trailer got laughed out of the theater. Vocal shrieks of "Are you KIDDING me?!" I was sitting back, waiting on that title to come up, and the audience did not disappoint.
Edited by HarleyQuinn22 - 3/23/12 at 12:47am