I've never done a movie review before, but I decided to make an exception for The Hunger Games movie because it was SO AMAZING (and it was based off the awesome book series, which makes it definitely book-related). I went to see it on opening night and had to wait over an hour to get it, but it was so completely worth it. I'd do it all over again if I had to! ;)
(And don't worry, this is all SPOILER FREE!)
First off, I have to start with the cast. When they first announced the actors playing each of these characters, I have to admit that I wasn't thrilled. I didn't hate any of them, but they just didn't fit how I pictured the cast in my head. But now I don't think that anyone could've played these characters like they did!
Jennifer Lawrence is a very subtle actor, and that's what made her so great and Katniss so real.I can't believe I doubted her for a second! Liam Hemsworth as Gale was a great match (even if he didn't have many lines — but hey, you can tell these things!); Wooly Harrison played Haymitch's irritating-arrogance-that-somehow-makes-you-love-him perfectly (although a lot more sober); and Elizabeth Banks as Effie had to be one of my favourite things! (She offered comic relief in those tense times with her ridiculouslness!)
And I have to admit that my friends and I used to harbor huge crushes on Josh Hutcherson when he starred in Bridge to Terabithea, and he did an even better job as Peeta in this book! He was charming and sweet and absolutely adorable, which is just how I pictured him in the books.
Isn't the Capitol fashion awesome? x)
Admittedly, the movie did cut out some scenes from the books that I wish had been included — like the fact that Madge wasn't in the movie, Peeta's dad didn't visit Katniss before she left, etc. — but that's only to be expected since they had to compress 374 pages of awesomeness into a 142 minute film.
But the movie still stayed very true to the books! There are no grand surprises — like making one of the guy characters into a girl or something, which would've been really strange — and it's almost as if Suzanne Collins was sitting right next door while they were filming it.
The characters, the scenery, the districts, the Capitol, the TECHNOLOGY (holy wow, was the technology of the games so cool to see!)... They were all interpreted in an awesome way! :)
Isn't President Snow creepy?
If I had to rate it? Undoubtedly 5 out of 5 beautiful stars! It didn't disappoint one bit, and if you haven't seen the movie yet, then you should definitely make time to go soon. It's definitely one of the best books-to-movies out there!
And if you haven't read the books yet, then I think I might have to sit you down and force-read them to you. Seriously! This series is one of my absolute favourites and it's probably going to stay that way for a really long time! ;)
(You're probably tired of the hype about it now haha, but I wholeheartedly believe that the hype is all well-deserved!)
Have you watched the movie yet? What did you think of it? Did it live up to the books for you? What was your favourite part?
Do you think you could survive The Hunger Games? :)