Katniss is a difficult character, actually, in the book. I think Lawrence's version is more likable than the book's version. That might actually be my only complaint about her portrayal-- I like her as Katniss too much. In the book, I found Katniss frustrating much of the time... which I appreciated, since it takes courage for an author to create a somewhat unlikeable protagonist.
After I posted here, I went to do some online wiki reading about the book and movie to refresh my memory, and reading about the dress scene again really choked me up. It was very powerful in both mediums., how good is Lenny Kravitz in this film? 'He hit all the right tones' is EXACTLY how I would describe him. And that dress scene was EXTREMELY intense.
I really didn't know much about Kravitz before this, actually, except he was in music. I guess he's done an occasional movie role from time to time. There was just such a warmth, honesty, and sincerity to his portrayal; I feel in love with him, and I understood why Katniss immediately warmed up to him while keeping everyone else at arm's length. There was no superficiality or boastfulness or "false marketing" to Cinna. He was exactly what he appeared to be, and Katniss herself is that kind of person as well, and she HATES all the superficiality she was forced to indulge in to promote herself and win sponsors. She knows Cinna knows who she is and is more interested in honoring her than in promoting his own career; every one of his designs that he had control over is meant to promote her as she is.
He seems to be the kind of guy that can just look at someone and see exactly who they are.
I really agree. I was shocked at how good it was, as a "series" picture. It was very textured, and I didn't really have the typical moments of incredulity that pepper most movies. (I found Ender's Game far less textured, in comparison.) It's easily one of the best 4-5 movies I've seen all year.After watching the first movie, I didn't really know much about Hunger Games, but I thought that they were sort of action/adventure books (and, eventually, films) for young adult women with very shallow depths and only a bit of character development. This movie completely changed that view.
I absolutely love how it's main character is a powerful woman. It really sends a good message to young girls everywhere. To me, however, one of the most powerful moments, though just a small detail in the grand scheme of things, is when that little girl tells Katniss "someday, I want to volunteer, just like you." This movie is full of moments like these. A lot of deeper messages like "how the state brainwashes you and keeps you down," power structures, and relationships are all covered.
Ahhhh I can talk about this movie for days. When people tell me a movie is "intense," I go and watch it, and usually don't think it's so intense. This movie, ladies and gents, is INCREDIBLY intense.
It's interesting when you mention the girl telling Katniss how she wants to volunteer. And how Snow's granddaughter was mimicking Katniss like all the other girls in school (like with her single pigtail, etc.) Katniss just isn't the face of the rebellion and example of how to stand up against the Capitol (and again, I would note that in that sense it's COMPLICATED because she never wanted to be this figurehead for the movement but just protect her SISTER and otherwise is very solitary and private, she doesn't really like it; so in essence she is being used by the rebellion just like the Capitol is using people for its own purposes), she is also being emulated by girls younger than her as an example of womanhood for their own lives. Snow even recognized it and hates it; it's one reason why he wants Katniss dead so badly, he recognizes the threat.