Hold on for a second…
It’s here! It’s finally here! I’ve been waiting years for the Hunger Games movie to become reality and on Friday I ACTUALLY SAT IN THE THEATER AND WATCHED IT AND WAS NOT HORRIBLY DISAPPOINTED AND ACTUALLY KIND OF LOVED IT!!!!!
Ahem. I meant for this to be a diplomatic review, but, well…. I’m allowed to squee a little, right?
So, because I know not everyone was as anxious to see it on the day it came out as I was, this will be a movie spoiler free review. Just saying.
When I first heard some of the casting I was disappointed and worried. I love Josh Hutcherson but didn’t think he could pull off who I considered to be Peeta. He went above and beyond my expectations. Same goes for Haymitch (a.k.a. Woody Harrelson) and Cinna (Lenny Kravitz). I’m so completely happy that they really sold their parts and proved my assumptions wrong!
Some of the scenes from the book that I found most important were translated beautifully to the screen and made me a very happy fan. Others were excluded for no reason that I could see and that made me sad. Some of the camera work was odd; at some points it was shaky constantly and it really messed with my eyes and detracted from my enjoyment because I was obsessing over everything that I was missing. I wanted to be able to see the entire thing, not just choppy bits and pieces!
Overall, though, I don’t have much more to complain about than I already expected. I mean, the book’s always better than the movie, right? I knew they’d have to cut a lot out and change some things. I really liked some of the differences I could spot. It made it easy for people who never read the book to understand what was happening, to make all the right connections without being forced to fill in the blanks for themselves. Because while reading we can see exactly what’s in Katniss’ mind, we can’t exactly show all of that on the screen. Being able to manage most of that . . . That deserves a round of applause!
Also, I liked being able to see outside reactions to the Games, because it isn’t all from Katniss’ point of view.
Overall thoughts? Go see it! Whether you’re a fan, haven’t read it, are still indecisive . . . It’s more than worth your time. I think I’ll need to go see it again soon.
If you’re up for a laugh, check out these youtube videos. Still no spoilers about the movie, though the one does spoil the book a bit if you haven’t read it yet!