Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 at 10:47 pm.
As a huge fan of the Hunger Games trilogy, I was super excited for the movie to come out. I expected that it wouldn’t be as good as the book (because, are they ever?), but I have to say that I was seriously surprised.
The movie opens with Katniss and Prim on Reaping Day…and that’s about when I started boo-hooing. Katniss’ love for her sister is obvious in the movie, and one of the best emotional connections I’ve ever seen in a movie. As Katniss goes out into the woods to hunt, we’re introduced to Gale. I like Liam Hemsworth as Gale, but I will say that I don’t think he was in the movie long enough to portray the bond between him and Katniss. Something to look forward to in the next, movie!
During the Reaping, no one expects Prim to be chosen because her name is only in the Reaping ball once, but lo and behold, she is chosen. There’s a scene in the movie where Prim is walking slowly to the podium and tucks in her shirt in the back (her duck tale) that I thought was incredibly moving. I’m glad little details like this transferred over to the movie. Of course, Katniss volunteers as tribute and goes off to compete in the 74th annual Hunger Games.
In the book, detail is given about Peeta Mellark (the boy tribute) and his relationship with Katniss. I love how they did it in the movie, in a series of flashbacks where Katniss remembers the boy with the bread. The relationship is tumultuous because Katniss likes Peeta but doesn’t want to get close to him or trust him; after all, there can be only one winner.
Without giving away too much, I think the movie was incredible. It was very moving and I thought they stuck to the book really well. There were things I noticed that they left out, but there’s only so much you can stuff into a 2.5 hour movie. That said, I was the only one in my group who had actually read all the books, so some of my friends mentioned a few things they wished would have been included.
One of those is a better explanation of the process, or why some people have their names in the Reaping ball so many times when others only have their names in a few times. District 12 is a poor district, and every so often, the people have the opportunity to get food from the capitol – grain, oil, etc. If they take this option, they have to enter their name an extra time. Poorer individuals who have to accept the food or starve will naturally have their name in more than the kids who are more well off.
Another thing is during the Hunger Games, when Katniss sees Peeta with the career tributes, it’s not fully explained in the movie that he was trying to help Katniss. To those who hadn’t read the book, it seems like Peeta was really trying to rat Katniss out to the tributes, but that she forgave him anyway.
Aside from those things, I absolutely loved the movie and I think everyone should see it whether they’ve read the book or not! I’d rate it a 9.5 out of a 10.