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"And then the game starts, and almost immediately, everything is softened. The violence – Katniss’ primary source of fear – is hidden from us, the pacing speeds up to gloss over the darkest moments, exposition is delivered in lazy, pandering ways, and we keep cutting away to the Capitol and other characters, losing our established point-of-view with Katniss."I agree 110%. I really just wish it had an R-rating (though I understand why they went with PG13), or really wish he pushed the boundaries with the violence. It was too pathetic, especially for a movie centralized on kids killing each other. btw, LOVED your comparisons of BR and THG. I'm a fan of both (more-so of BR), and completely missed the part on how they both ended with boy-girl winners, each romantically involved! DUH! How could I miss that?
I wish I went into the film with lower expectations because it really did come off as a PG ish film (which I guess was the studio's intention). My boyfriend heavily disliked the movie as predictable and superficial (he did not read the either book, but did watch BR). I have not read the HG books yet (watched and read BR)- but I guess my comment is that HG is more 11-14 age range and entertainment focused and good addition to the Young Adult section, while I won't recommend BR for anyone younger than 18, it deserves cult/classic status. Entirely different core audiences. Greatly enjoy your analysis.