Originally Posted by slide13
Someone buy them a damn steadycam, please!!! I understand that a little shaky camera work can add to moment....but not when it's used for the entire 2 hours! I hate that style of filming, it seems such a fallback when they can't seem to create enough drama and tension on their own so they resort to shaky handheld camera action instead.
Only thing I did like was the casting. Katniss, Haymitch, Peeta, Rue, Prim, Cinna were well cast I thought and I found them all believable as their respective characters.
I just think this movie could have been so much more.
Wasn't just the shaky cam that bugged me, but the production values in general. Aside from the scenes in the Gamemakers' control room -- which were legitimately cool, if derivative of Abrams's Star Trek and, to some extent, Minority Report -- everything looked pretty ho-hum.
I was thoroughly unimpressed with the design of the Capitol, for instance. It looked tiny. Like a winter ski resort in Utah or something. That scene where they pulled up in the train, and Peeta remarked about how "big" the Capitol was, coupled with the abject tininess of the Capitol in panoramic view, made me chuckle a bit. Where was the massive, pastel-colored, Huxleyesque monstrosity of a city that the books so aptly described?
It's not often that I notice things like art direction, costume design, set decoration, and so forth in big-budget movies. I guess I've come to expect those things, and to take them for granted. But here, for the first time in ages, I noticed their absence.