Late in March, the first installment of the much anticipated ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy finally made its way to the big screen, earning a whopping $364.9 million dollars globally to date.
As an avid fan of the books, I was a bit hesitant about going to see the flick during the opening weekend, partly because I was scared I would get smashed by a swarm of teens but mostly because I thought I’d be disappointed in the movie adaptation. So I waited. I didn’t read other reviews because I didn’t want another critic’s opinion swaying my own.
This weekend I finally made my way to the theater and I am more than delighted to say that it wasn’t disappointing at all, although I feel I would’ve enjoyed much more if I hadn’t read the books first.
In a nutshell, the movie is based in a post-apocalyptic world where as punishment government officials select two “tributes” from each “district” to compete in an annual, nationally televised gladiator-type arena called ‘The Hunger Games’. This is where the chosen fight takes place and only one surviving teen is declared the winner. While rated PG13, I feel the movie is still a tad too graphic for young children.
The film’s protagonist ‘Katniss Everdeen’ is played by ‘Jennifer Lawrence’, 2011 Academy Award nominee for her work in ‘Winter’s Bone’. While Lawrence has proven that she is a phenomenal actress and I honestly can’t think of anyone else who could play Katniss better than she, she won’t be earning an Oscar for this one. She’s good. But not great.
The movie slightly veered off from the book in a few cases while a few scenes were omitted. At a running time of 2hrs and 30 minutes, things could have been better with some good editing. Overall, the flick stayed true to the book as well as it could. The significance of the Mockingjay (the pin) that Katniss wears throughout the competition is played down substantially and rarely addressed at all. Hopefully its meaning will shine through in the other installments. ‘President Snow’, played by actor ‘Donald Sutherland’, should’ve been a lot scarier in my opinion. Perhaps his character will evolve as we move to the other installments. But other than that no complaints.
My favorite character by far was ‘Haymitch’, Katniss’s mentor played by ‘Woody Harrelson’. He was given the best lines and stole just about every scene.
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