For those of you that haven’t read or seen it, goodreads.com describes the story as follows:
“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.”
I read the series of novels before I saw the film so I was a little skeptical going into it. In my experience, books are always better than the movies. Though, I would still say that in this case, the movie definitely stands on its own. The director of the film, Gary Ross, choose an amazing cast. Those I thought were of note included Stanley Tucci as Cesar Flickerman, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy. However, Jennifer Lawrence, who played Ka.tniss Everdeen, was by far my favorite actor in the film. A lot of character development from the book had to be left out of the film but Lawrence was able to convey so much of Katniss’ character through her eyes and actions.
I completely agree with “Jimmy’s Sweet Blog” when he says, “The emotion and spirit of the books is what shined the most. It was obvious that Gary Ross gets it. The handheld camera technique really captured the way Katniss was feeling: overwhelmed by everything, fighting for survival. Also since we weren’t in Katniss’ head, some other scenes were added to clarify those things that were merely implied in the book.”
I’ve heard many reviews of people saying they were disappointed with the movie, and these reviews usually come from people who had already read the book. Although I was disappointed with some of the parts of the book the film left out, it isn’t possible to fit everything in to a two and a half hour movie.
Like Jimmy said, the film captured the spirit of the book, which is what’s most important to me. The fear, anger and confusion displayed in the book was brought to the screen. On the other hand, some of the things left out, I think, make it more difficult for anyone who hasn’t read the book to understand the movie at parts. For instance, when the three-finger kiss is shown in the movie, there is no explanation of it being the “kiss of death” and the implication it has.
I also agree with “Books: The cheapest vacation you can buy” when she says “Two major issues I had with the movie were that Rue wasn’t present enough and the cave scene was shaved down too much. These are two extremely important episodes within the novel, and they really needed to be played up more because many of the events rely on them, and I expected them to be a huge portion.”
Overall, though parts of the book were left out, I think the film did a great job and I am definitely looking forward to the next one. I would absolutely recommend seeing the film and reading the book. You just may want to see the movie first.