*Spoiler Alert...Don't Continue Reading If You Haven't Watched The Movie Yet*
Like Many of you I Read and Loved the Hunger Games Trilogy along with my Co-Workers and bought tickets to see it in IMAX (it's only in IMAX one week) a month before the movie actually came out. There was a big group of us that went to see the movie and Stacy made us these Awesome Mockingjay pins for our group to wear :) We got to the movie and waited in line a hour early and couldn't wait for the movie to begin!
Have you been to AMC Theaters? They have this awesome soda machine where they have so many strange combinations of drinks to try 106 options it's awesome! I had cherry vanilla coke but wanted to try the Raspberry Coke (I heard it wasn't great) and the Orange Coke which I heard was Awesome...anyways go check it out sometime. We bought tickets for the IMAX at the Block in Orange and it didn't even seem like IMAX...the screen wasn't that large and I was disappointed the Regal theatres have HUGE screens and theaters for IMAX I will not buy another AMC tickets for IMAX...now if I could only get Regal to get the Awesome coke machine
Back to the movie....all in all it got good reviews from all in attendance with our large group. There were many changes in the movie from the book and some of them were MAJOR. I found a website that listed 31 differences and the one that bothered me the most was number 1. I know they had to change some things to make the movie but the mockingjay pin was a huge deal in the book and shouldn't have been changed. I also know alot of the book was narrated by Katniss or in her head so they couldn't exactly have her talking to herself so if you didn't read the book you really miss out on alot so GO READ THE BOOK.
1) Mockingjay Pin procurement
Book version: Katniss is given the pin by the Mayor's daughter, Madge. This comes as a surprise as she thought Madge didn't like her. The pin is explained to be a subtle dig at the The Capitol, as Mockingjays were the comical result of a bio-genetic spying program that the general public gradually became aware of and used against the government.
Movie version: Katniss finds the Mockingjay pin at a rummage sale, but there's no explanation of why the pin would be considered inflammatory towards President Snow and the ruling class.
Level of Change: Rather large as it doesn't set up District 12's Mayor as being somewhat human, and doesn't show why the Mockingjay symbol matters. Furthermore, it makes Katniss the driving force behind the symbol as opposed to the simply the wearer of it, making her complicit in its power throughout, as opposed to being swept up by events larger than her.
Good or Bad Change: Overall, not great. I get wanting Katniss to be in charge of her destiny right off the bat, but this cribs some of the momentum from the next two films.