Saturday, March 24, 2012
The Hunger (en bref)
I feel like I should have seen The Hunger Games in a movie theater full of screaming teenage girls. Instead, I've seen it like I prefer to see movies on the big screen - in an almost empty movie theater. Not surprising for a first 2 p.m. screening at the former Republica, though. The quietness of the movie theater was actually very appropriate because, unexpectedly, The Hunger Games is a very quiet movie. At a certain point I realized that they had barely used any music.
This is one of those strange cases in which I've read the book before seeing the adaptation. It's also the reason why I find it quite difficult to conclude if the movie can stand on its own or not. It is a solid effort, there's no question about it. But I keep wondering with what eyes I would have seen the movie had I not read the book.
The movie's biggest weakness is that it cannot be separated from the marketing campaign. The excessive marketing campaign. I wrote a bit about that for DV. Fortunately, the movie lives up to its hype. But that wasn't my concern. My concern is this: what is the value, how do you measure the value of a movie which is so enslaved by its marketing campaign?
The Hunger Games is really the first YA franchise I can allow myself to enjoy from start to finish. It has its flaws. I'm not going to ignore its flaws. But despite its flaws, I can still say I love it. And no, I'm not going to file it under "guilty pleasures". Fuck "guilty pleasures".
I'm really glad I went to see The Hunger Games (even though that implied taking a very slow and dirty train). The trouble is: I already want to see it again. Meanwhile, I think I'll challenge myself to write a series of posts on different aspects of The Hunger Games. Yeah, I know, there's already a ton of stuff written about it, more stuff being written right now. But I need to write sth myself because I feel like I don't get to properly digest all the pop culture I consume.