‘The Hunger Games’ movie: Rue and Rushed

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2:00 pm EDT, March 24, 2012

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As many lucky readers got a chance to do, I got to see The Hunger Games at midnight yesterday. The movie was spectacular and lived up to most of my expectations, except in the case of little Rue.

The actress that portrayed Rue certainly did a good job, my main problem was that Rue was not shown enough. In the book, Katniss and Rue’s time together is a key factor, and in the movie, Katniss and Rue are only together in maybe three scenes.

It is important for the audience to get to know Rue, so that when she dies, we really gain the emotional feeling. They did not do Rue justice in the movie, and since the audience did not get enough time with her, the feeling of sadness wasn’t as great when she died.

Rue and Katniss got two short scenes and then it was off to destroy the food. I was sitting in the theater with my friend at midnight, watching this movie, and when they started with the stacks of fire wood for the fire signals after only four minutes of interaction, we looked at each other like, “What the heck?”

And sure enough, ten minutes, later Rue had a spear in her. But the killing itself wasn’t done justice, either. In fact, it didn’t even look like the spear was in her at all, because, when the camera turned on her, she had already taken it out! The fact that she was cut out of the net first and then was hit with the spear really angered me, for some reason. And, Katniss’ decorating her with flowers (although it was sweet) didn’t really live up to the expectations I had after seeing MainstayPro’s video. It amazes me that a fan video was better than the actual movie.

Now, there’s been a lot of hype lately about one of these books being split into two movies, and, frankly, I think it should have been this one. The Hunger Games was the best book out of all three, by far, and the movie seemed rushed. Everything happened so fast, and even though almost all the scenes were correct, they were faster than expected.

Not meaning to put a damper on the film, I just thought these things should be addressed, seeing as I have not seen anything speaking specifically about them. Overall, the movie was a job well done, with few things wrong or unlikable. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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