I cringe every time I hear about some big Hollywood studio buying the rights to a book I love. I shudder to think who they will cast, what parts of the book they will revise, edit, or totally botch. If they’ll bastardize a story that’s nearly perfect all on its own.
So when I heard The Hunger Games was set to be released, I hoped against hope it wouldn’t turned in another Twilight fiasco. Prayed to the script writing Gods they would be kind to Suzanne Collin’s vision.
Truth be told, I didn’t actually start reading the books until I heard it was going to be made into a movie, much like I did with Twilight. But based on The Hunger Games storyline, I knew it’d be better. Maybe.
When I walked out of theatre, hubby and friends in tow who have all read the books, we were quiet. Not sure what was going through the minds of my posse, but I know for myself...It. Was. Awesome.
Obviously, for time restrictions, different creative vision and the all mighty dollar, it wasn’t exactly like the book. However, it was close enough for me. And the scenes that weren’t originally in the book, only added to the story. I liked how they took us behind the scenes of the production of the games. Seneca Crane’s territory. Very cool.
The casting was spot on too. Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen with every hard look, draw of the bow and emotion she gives at the reaping. Josh Hutcherson, while not my first choice for Peeta Mellark, is charismatic, loveable and vulnerable. Liam Hemsworth plays Gale Hawthorne. Although it’s a small part, he nails Gale’s secret longing for Katniss.
Rounding out the cast, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, plays a convincing drunk and tortured soul. I love love LOVE Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, gold guy liner and all. And Elizabeth Banks gets Effie Trinket right down to her sing-song Capitol voice.
My only complaint is President Snow. I think Donald Sutherland is the shit, and of course he’s Canadian, but President Snow, while being older, is surgically altered to look decades younger with puffy lips and stretched skin. Another little point, more my hubby’s gripe than mine, is the outfits Katniss and Peeta wear at the opening ceremonies. He didn’t think there was enough fire.
Overall, this is a great movie. There’s a reason it’s broken a bunch of box office records since its release last week. Even if you haven’t read the books, or are thinking of skipping it because you fear Twilight suckiness, fear not dear readers. This story is meant to appeal to the actions lovers, underdog rooters and fighter in all of us.
This is NOT a movie, or book for that matter, anyone under the age of 14 should see, in my humble opinion. It’s violent, dark and at one part I actually let out a shout when I was scared. I also cried when one of the tributes died. Why? Well if you don’t know the premise here’s a brief synopsis...
The Hunger Games is a reality TV show put on by the Capitol in the nation of Panem. Once North America. It’s a game where 2 kids from the ages of 12-18, one boy one girl from 12 outlying districts, are picked to fight in an arena...to the death.
There can only be one winner.
Hence the violence, the darkness and why no child should see this. The movie makers didn’t tame down the killing Suzanne Collins wrote about, so keep that in mind.
In true Hollywood fashion, the next two books of the series; Catching Fire and Mockingjay, will be made into movies. Personally, I’m excited to see them, much like I was waiting for the Harry Potter films to come out.
I have a feeling The Hunger Games will be out in theatres for a while. Go see it. Its not just another young adult book adaptation. It speaks to our society as it is now- our love of reality tv and watching people fall from grace.
Rating (1 - 5)
Duckie - 4.5
Library Voodoo - 3