If you don’t know what “sweded” means then you must not have seen Michel Gondry’s film, Be Kind Rewind, starring Jack Black and Mos Def. They work at a VHS rental place and accidentally demagnetize all of the VHS tapes at the store. To avoid getting fired, they set off to re-film all the movies with low budget props and themselves as actors. They sell the movies at a higher price and claim they’re from Sweden that’s why it takes long before the customer gets it. Hence the term Sweded. Pretty dumb but apt for this blog post.
I would like to take this opportunity to swede The Hunger Games
Why am I sweding it? I did not particularly love the movie. If you haven’t seen it yet and would like to watch it, feel free to stop reading from now until this paragraph ends. The movie starts with text on a black background explaining what the Hunger Games is all about. WHY? It was so unnecessary. And I understand what the director was trying to achieve with the shaky camera but it wasn’t executed well and I just got dizzy especially with that horribly anti-climactic Cato fight scene. The build up towards the actual scenes inside the arena were pretty good but I questioned some of the things they left unclear to someone who didn’t read the books. In the book it was clear why alcoholic Haymitch did a 180 and decided to help his tributes: Peeta is sick of their supposed mentor’s lack of use and lashes out at Haymitch’s glass of alcohol, Haymitch punches Peeta, Katniss drives a knife into the table barely missing his hand when he tries to reach for a new glass. This makes him say “Did I actually get a pair of fighters this year?” In the movie I didn’t see much of a transition. Haymitch is an essential character in the series so I felt like they could have given him a better chance to show that he was an annoying alcoholic who tries to shape up in order to save the lives of these two kids other than drinking a bit then being a good mentor just because of that knife scene (why get rid of the Peeta punch?). Am I being too nit-picky? I probably am. Another thing lacking is the connection with the audience. I didn’t really see it as a reality show while they were inside the arena. I felt like they could have shown more scenes of Prim and the mom WITH Gale watching it from Katniss’ home. Gale should have been shown taking care of Katniss’ family and not just standing around in The Hob glancing at the TV or sitting so emo on a hill. I didn’t feel any connection with Gale at all when the book had me going back and forth and not being able to choose which boy I liked for Katniss. I would have liked more scenes of the sponsors having a screening party and laughing and drinking while watching it on TV to show that it was purely for the Capitol’s entertainment in contrast with the district’s sad screenings. Obviously I have these little rants because I really enjoyed the book and I felt like the movie didn’t do it justice. I’m not being irrational, I usually expect movie adaptations to be really bad before entering a cinema but I read a number of reviews and they were all really raving about the movie before it was even released here so I think that really got my hopes up. The ending was so bad. Like they ran out of time to shoot a better way to end the Hunger Games and the homecoming so they just squeezed it all in about ten minutes. It’s not all bad though. I really liked The Reaping scene. Loved the colors and the outfits and the acting was good (a.k.a. not Bella Swan, yay!). I didn’t get kilig with Peeta and Katniss in the cave though. Jim, who hasn’t read the book but whom I watched the film with, had the same so-so reaction to it. He says the sequel will probably be better since he has a theory that in trilogies, the middle movie is almost always the best. Thoughts? Of course I’m not a movie critic, duh, but obviously I should have written and directed the whole thing. Charice!*
If I were to direct a Pinoy version of The Hunger Games, I would be the best casting director ever simply because I will give the lead role to myself.
Move over, J. Law.
I was doing this casting thing with my friend, Carla, and she picked Mikael Daez as Gale. I don’t know if it’s because he really fits the part or because Carla and I just came from My Beloved taping when we discussed this haha!
Primrose Everdeen will be played by my little sister Clara who will have to go on a diet because district 12 peeps should not look so well-fed haha (look who’s talking) <3 Role goes to Clara because like Prim, everybody loves Clara.
Tributes! Glimmer the beauty from District 1 will be played by Anne Curtis because she’s pretty and this movie needs a lot of sponsors haha
*Charice = charot = chos= joke lang. Syempre isang malaking kalokohan lang ito diba kung di ka marunong maki-ride, FYI lang. May the odds… get even.