@guitar74 --- I really don't get where you're coming from when it comes to "originality" and "predictability". What is wrong with movies that draw from similar works? There really aren't any truly original ideas in Hollywood anymore. Can you name a recent movie that is completely original? Probably not.Spoilers follow:And yes, of course "The Hunger Games" is predictable. It's uh... kind of established that "only one comes out alive", but it's also obvious from the start that two innocent "friends" are not going to kill each other if they're the last two standing. In the end, it's not about whether or not they'd kill each other... but rather "how will they get out of this?". Ultimately, it's like the original Star Wars, or any other classic good hero vs. evil movie. You know the hero will win in the end (i.e. of course they won't get blown up by the Death Star)... so the film ends up being about how and why they win. Is the ending of Star Wars any less exciting because you know the good guys will win? I don't think so.I also fail to see how this qualifies as a "kids" movie. Yes... teenagers are a target audience, but anyone younger than that really shouldn't be seeing it. The subject matter is dark and disturbing, an highly metaphorical. It's not "watered down" for kids in any way.It sounds like you went into this movie as biased as possible, and your viewing experience suffered as a result.
Iron man(bases off of a comic book, but that is not copying another idea, that is bringing a comic book to life)
I personally think writing the book in first-person present tense was a bad idea, and it was hugely distracting and occasionally annoying throughout the reading process. I hope shoe avoids that for the sequels, which I will probably get around to reading eventually.
The biggest complaint I have is that they removed the most powerful and poignant scene in the book. After Rue's death, and Katniss' act of defiance/respect in covering her with flowers, the people of District 11, in the book, send her a loaf of bread. It is unprecedented for an entire district to send a gift to a contestent from another District. It is a hugely powerful scene, in the way that it demonstrates their gratitude, it demonstrates their defiance against the Capital and the games (these are, after all, the Hunger Games, and they are feeding an opponent), and in the way it demonstrates the unspoken unity between the different districts. Instead, in the film, District 11's response is to break stuff. Lame.
On the other hand, the terrible, god-awful movie adaptation of Eragon and comes off as cheap plagiarism of Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. Whenever anyone complains about that movie, I immediately point them towards the book