What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Hunger Games, a Movie Review

Who went to see The Hunger Games at midnight? My sister and I went along with some friends, and sat in the theater for 4 hours waiting to see the premiere of this highly anticipated movie.

So if you've seen it now, what did you think? Here are some of my SPOILER-FREE thoughts!

First off, I thought the book-to-script adaptation was WONDERFUL! We all know there they can't put every piece of a book on film, otherwise movies would start running 4 hours at a minimum. I know that those of us who read books before they are turned into movies, we tend to feel personally affronted when there are pieces missing. I know I am guilty of that. But I bet if a movie studio made a movie from a book and put every single tiny thing from the book in it, we'd have complaints about that too! But I was pleased with how closely this movie did come to the book, and I think we could live without the things that were missing.

The Cast - I could just go on and on about how well this movie was cast. Jennifer Lawrence captured Katniss perfectly, and Josh Hutcherson managed to pull off Peeta's soft but strong essence. And then there is Liam Hemsworth as Gale. I honestly was surprised when I didn't hear that Australian accent. I don't know why. I know Gale isn't Australian. Though what a twist that would have been. Elizabeth Banks was perfect as Effie. She was the comic relief that I was expecting Haymitch to be. And ah, Haymitch. Woody Harrelson played Haymitch differently that I would have expected, but it was still great. This ensemble is really what made the movie for me. I don't think that any other ensemble would have played it quite as well.

I cried a few times in this movie. I don't think anyone whose read it is surprised, the book is an emotional wreck! But those scenes were done so well that I don't think there was a dry eye in my theater. My sis was sitting next to me sniffling.

Probably one of my favorite aspects of the movie was that we were able to learn so much more about what going on during the Games. Instead of being in the Arena the whole time, we got a chance to see the reactions of the crowd, the reactions of the Capital, and even some of how the arena was controlled.

For anyone who hasn't read the book, this isn't one of those feel-good movies. There is a lot of tough stuff going on, a lot of violence (though thankfully not that gory) and it's very emotional. My parents asked me about the movie yesterday before we went, because obviously I was excited and had been talking about it a lot. I'd already told my Mom about the book, so she knew a little about it, but if you had seen my Dad's face when I was describing the plot. It was almost comical how in disbelief he was that myself or anyone would enjoy a movie or book for that matter about kids killing kids. Which I know that's not really what it's all about, but once someone hears that, it seems like that's all they hear. Anyone else had that reaction?

Overall, I thought that The Hunger Games movie was one of the best book to movie adaptations I've seen in a very long time. It was pretty EPIC, and I can't wait til I have the chance to see it again! If you haven't seen it, I hope you try and get to the theater to see it. I'm sure you'll ultimately enjoy it. For those of you who have seen it, (or read this, then see it and come back!) I'd love to know what you thought!

Cheers and Happy Hunger Games!


  1. OMG OMG OMG I can't wait! I had some some reservations about Peeta but I've heard he does an awesome job!

  2. OMG HG was really really awesome! Loved it! I agree with you, it was the best book adaptation ever, and I adored both Katniss, and Peeta, and Seneca Crane's beard. Oh, freaking out. Forgive me, I JUST GOT BACK from the cinema, not over the adrenaline rush! (Seneca Crane's beard! Swoons)

  3. I agree with you about it being such a great adaptation, unfortunately I didn't get the same emotions I got from reading the book, and I don't know if that is from me being so tired, or all the stuff left out. Here are my thoughts:

  4. JuJu - have you had a chance to see it yet? Peeta does do a great job. I had some hesitations at him too, but he pulled it off pretty well.

    Varsha - I know! Seneca Crane's beard deserves it's own commendation, doesn't it? I'm sad that he won't be back.

    Lisa - Oh, I know I didn't get the same emotions from the movie as I did from the book. But I just decided that's because I already knew what was going to happen. I DID practically jump out of my skin when the mutts came out!

    Thanks for stopping by!!


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