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Erich Jacoby-Hawkins
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a.k.a. Erich the Green
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My 12-year-old daughter just finished watching MJ2, after we finished the book together last week. (I read them years ago but she was just recently old enough for them). So I found your site as I was looking for some further discussion of the film versions.

I agree that most of the added scenes were well-chosen, and many of them draw from things that either happened then but Katniss only found out about or realized later, or we have to assume happened. Since the movies are not done in the unreliable first-person present narrator style, it makes sense to include things Katniss didn't witness, to help viewers better understand the developments. And I understand why so much had to be cut to fit into the time constraints.

I felt the worst adapted scene in the film was when Peeta gave starving Katniss the bread. In the book she is around 11 years old (if I recall correctly) and starving, so they should have used another pair of younger actors or done some heavy CG to put modified versions of Lawrence & Hutcherson's faces on younger body doubles. Lawrence is an Oscar-winning actress but it's already a challenge to play 16 at age 21, to expect her to play a wee 11-year-old is ridiculous. As a result, viewers won't understand how long ago this event took place (it looks like almost yesterday) or how desperate she was at the time, since they didn't put Lawrence on a starvation diet for the scene.

By failing to handle this, the scene is almost counter-productive. Instead of something from her distant, formative past (e.g. pre hunting), it becomes something that seems so recent we can hardly understand her indifference to Peeta when they are called as Tributes. I would think that a viewer who hasn't read the book would be confused, not enlightened, by this scene as portrayed by the adult actors.

If there were just one thing I could change about the whole film trilogy (or I guess, tetralogy), that would be it.
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Still a burning issue - those pants are still on fire!
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