Aging Expectations

OMG – The Hunger Games Movie

Last night (or I guess really this morning) I went to the midnight showing of The Hunger Games. It was…fantastic!

My son, my friend, and her son went along too. I bought the tickets in advance and even went to the theater earlier in the day to pick them up (I wanted to be prepared!). We were planning on leaving the house at 10:30p┬ábut some of my son’s friends were already there and said seats were filling up!

Wow!

So, we left – at 9:30p. Two and a half hours before the movie was scheduled to begin (and really it was three hours if you figure in the preview showing time). This is commitment, people!

It was crowded when we got there.

There were a lot of girls. There were a lot of girls dressed up. There were a lot of girls screaming “Team Peta.” I was always more on the Gale “team.”

We went in and got our seats. We didn’t have trouble finding four together. But, it was lucky we came when we did. Within the next five to 10 minutes, the place filled up and only the very front rows and a few single seats here and there were left.

Let the real count down begin. I say that because every 10 minutes someone would scream out how many minutes were left and everyone would start cheering. I was a little nervous the screaming would continue through the movie and ruin the experience.

As we were sitting there chatting (for the next two hours), I started to get less excited. I started to think — this isn’t going to be as good as I’m hoping for – I’m going to be disappointed.

But…once the lights dimmed (and the screaming subsided), my excitement started building again! We made it through the previews.

Side Note: Titanic in 3D is coming. I heard about this and thought it would be stupid. I mean, does everything have to be in 3D? But, after the preview, I’m in. I actually teared up during it. I know I’m a dork but in my defense, Titanic is my favorite movie.

Back to the Hunger Games…

It was AWESOME! From the first moment until the end, I was captivated! As movie reviewers are saying, they did stay true to the book.

Of course the book is always better. The scenes and characters can’t live up to what you’ve imagined. I mean I would be lying if I didn’t say I was disappointed when Jennifer Lawrence was chosen as Katniss.

But, this was really close. I think it is as close to the book as they could make it (without the movie being 10 hours long).

My only negative comment is some of the scenes are shot too close – you get lost. I believe they did it to put you more “in the center” of it but it seems the opposite happens.

In the end, Jennifer Lawrence won me over. Lenny Kravitz as Cinna and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch were both brilliant.

I don’t want to give anything away so I’m not going into more details.

What I will say is, you have to see it! Now, I’ve gotta take a nap!!

Have you seen it yet?
What did you think?

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