Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hunger Games

A couple nights ago Billy and I had the pleasure of attending the world premiere of The Hunger Games with my sister Kaisa and her husband Matt Janzen. Matt is the vice president of development at Lionsgate (I think I got the job title right?) and has worked on The Hunger Games from the very beginning. I remember talking with Kaisa about the book years ago and I remember her saying "Yeah, I think Matt's company just signed a deal with the author" or something along those lines. It's been exciting to talk with him about it the past few years and get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the making of such an epic movie, and my sweet brother-in-law rewarded my enthusiasm with tickets to the show. My birthday is in a just a couple of days, so the timing of the premiere worked out very nicely. I am so grateful to Matt and Kaisa for treating Billy and I to the time of our lives. Billy says it was the funnest night he's ever experienced, and quite honestly, in terms of good old fashioned giddy excitement, I think I have to agree.

Now on to the good stuff!

First of all, the movie: AMAZING. I know it's hard to convey my sincerity when my opinion is obviously biased, but it is truly a very well-made, true-to-the-original-format, book-to-screen movie. The acting was superb, I loved Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, and Josh Hutchinson did an excellent job playing Peeta. Their chemistry is vital to the plot (in my honest opinion) and they work very well together. The cinematic quality of the movie is beautiful. It has an artistic, tasteful skew on what could have been just plain cheesy (i.e.-- Hunger Games is nothing like the cheese-town USA Twilight movies) and I loved the soundtrack. It switches from haunting to exciting throughout the movie, and really adds that special touch. The director, Gary Ross, was also the director of Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, and Hunger Games is definitely as good (if not better) than those films. Whether you've read the book or not, you really should treat yourself to seeing this movie in the theatre. You will be on the edge of your seat the entire time. I'm so happy the movie was so good, because it would've been awkward having to pretend I liked it. SO-- I am being completely honest when I say: I loved the Hunger Games! Lionsgate and all involved did a great job. GO SEE IT!

One of the funnest things about seeing the premiere (besides the premiere itself), was seeing all the famous people. Billy and I are your regular small town parents who don't get out much, so to find ourselves just feet from Hollywood stars was thrilling. We had to act "cool" and "nonplussed" about the whole thing, but inside our heads and occasionally in frantic whispers to each other, we were screaming like little Justin Bieber fans. The most treasured encounter I had was when Matt introduced me to Suzanne Collins (the author of the Hunger Games). We were at the After Party, and it was really noisy, so I leaned in so I could whisper in her ear, and she kissed me on the cheek! I told her "I've loved you from the very beginning." Which I have. Matt also introduced me to Gary Ross, the director, and I tried very hard to act normal and casually tell him I enjoyed the movie and that I "couldn't wait to go home and tell all my friends to watch it." If you're curious, here are some pictures (from the internet, I didn't take any pictures) of some of the people we saw Monday night:

 Kato--- tribute
 Fox face-- Tribute

 Donald Sutherlund
 Baldwin brother

 Effie Trinket played by Elizabeth Banks

 Two youngest Kardashian sisters (who btw look nasty and gross in real life)

 Woody Harrelson

 Jennifer Lawrence (who, btw, looks gorgeous in real life)

 I made eye contact with her! She smiled at me :)

 Liam Hemsworth

 Made eye contact with this girl too

 She's one of the makeup people from the capitol 

 Benjamin Bratt

This little girl plays Rue. Kaisa and I actually talked to her in the bathroom before the movie. We had no idea who she was but she was wearing a darling dress and we told her we loved it. 

I don't have a lot of pictures of the four of us from  yet, but I'll upload what I have, and I'll upload more later as soon as I get them from Matt :) 


Kendra said...

Squee! That is so so cool! And I'm so glad to hear they did a good job of it and it's not cheese like Twilight. It looks amazing and I just get chills from the previews. Why didn't you take pictures of the people on the runway? Not allowed or not cool? Either way, what an amazing experience!

BrieStott said...

you guys are so cool! i hope to get your autograph now that you're big movie premier goers...:) i have loved the hunger games and can't wait for the movie...what a fun bday gift! ps, Rebecca, you're hair is darling...

gardeniagirl said...

You're the coolest. I tell every person I talk to about you going to the premiere.

Amanda+Jonathan said...

Hey, first of all, you two girls are the prettiest, PRETTIEST sisters ever. You looked really, really beautiful and fresh-faced Becca. Now that I'm a mom I know that it's hard to look fresh-faced, but you looked young, and vibrant, and perfect. I love you. I can't wait to see the movie. Your recommendation gives me the nudge I need to find a sitter asap!

Brandon and Angela Hoopes said...

That is awesome! I'm so jealous! I have been looking forward to going to this movie since I found out they were making one, and now with your review I can hardly wait!!!