The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins (written by)
2008 (book) 2012 (movie)
Synopsis by IMDB
In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.
The Hunger Games movie was completely awesome! They stayed pretty true to the book, only changing some minor things, that to me aren’t that big of a deal.
Note, I’m assuming that you’ve read the book, so this will probably be spoilerish if you haven’t read the book.
1. I read the book right before the movie and I was really pleased that I didn’t keep thinking “It didn’t happen like that!” throughout the film. That happened with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and I didn’t enjoy that movie as much.
2. The movie was not a gruesome as the book, which was good because I didn’t really want to see some of those killings.
3. I pictured Haymitch very differently from Woody Harelson in the book. I picture him much older, but now that I’ve seen him played by Harelson it makes more sense.
4. In the book I teared up when Primrose’s name is selected, I maybe had a tear or two role down my face as that scene played out. In the movie I cried. Thumbs up to the actors/actresses in that scene because I had more than a few tears rolling down my face in the movie. I also had some tears for Rue, especially the district 11 scene.
5. The Capitol people were very similar to what I expected in their outrageousness. I loved Caesar, played by Stanley Tucci, he was the perfect choice!
6. The fire neither disappointed me, nor wowed me. When I read the book I didn’t really have a clear picture of it formed in my head (how does one picture that?) so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.
7. I wish that they would have showed all of the tributes a little more during the parade. They had some interesting looking costumes but they went by so fast you couldn’t really get a good look.
8. From a movie making standpoint it was awesome. Those 2 hours flew by!
9. I loved that they showed the Gamemakers side of things. Obviously that side of things is not in the book but I found it fascinating and a good way to explain to those who had not read the book.
The next two items could potentially be considered spoilers by some, so read at your own risk!
10. I loved that they brought in a little bit of Catching Fire at the end to deal with Seneca Crane. And I LOVED the way they did it.
11. I really liked Effie’s character, but I do have one complaint. And this, for me, was the one thing that bugged me about the movie. Her line “May the odds be ever in your favor!” was not at all pronounced they way I thought it should. Ever is italicized so it should be stressed in the sentence and every time it was said, except once, it was just said normal.
That’s about it from me. Let me know what you thought about the movie!
Ashley from Ashley Loves Books has some really funny Hunger Games humor that you should check out too! –> Hunger Games Humor