General Gist: In the post-apocalyptic world, a battle is held where a boy and girl, between the age of 12 and 18, are chosen from each of the 12 districts to compete in a televised battle where only one person will survive.
So the long awaited Hunger Games finally got here! I was so super excited, and a little nervous. Anyone who has been following us for a while knows I am often disappointed in a movie that was a book I read first. I will never change my opinion that a book is always better than a movie. Books allow you to get inside the head of characters and hear what they are thinking, you don't have to rely on the actions and spoken word to relay a message.
Finally, a movie worth seeing! We've seen so many bad movies this year so this came at such a good time. Of course this was much anticipated as well. When I was reading the book I thought that this would make a great movie. First of all, it's action packed. There's so much going on. Secondly, there's not a whole lot of inner dialogue that was impossible to convey in a movie. Of course, there is always going to be some detail that you just won't get in a movie but this one wasn't too bad.
So my verdict? It was so so good! The casting was great. Jennifer Lawrence had Katniss' attitude down pat. Really well done. Hutcherson and Hemsworth both looked the parts of Peeta and Gale. Although, as Deb mentioned, I would have liked to see more of Gale. And who could play a drunk washout better than Woody Harrelson?
I loved how the Capitol came to life in the movie. All the crazy colors and outfits versus the drab lives of the districts. Very much how I pictured it in my head. This was such an enjoyable movie to watch all around. (Other than the teenagers getting killed for sport thing.) I was emotionally invested right off the bat. Well done. Can't wait for the next two!
Tiff's Rate: Opening Day. But I agree with Deb. If you hadn't read the book would it be waiting in line worthy? Still going to say yes.
Preview: Have to look and see what is out there! Any suggestions?