Okay, so if you’re reading this and have not yet read The Hunger Games or seen the movie, I warn you that there are definitely spoilers ahead.
And with that warning safely in place, let’s talk Hunger Games.
First, let me set the scene: I went to the midnight showing, and maybe I am just getting old, but I was really worried about falling asleep during the movie. I had worked all day beforehand, and as I sat waiting for it to start, even with the adrenaline rush that comes from anticipation, my eyes were getting heavy. That changed quickly, though, as the lights dimmed and the previews started. As I waited for the movie to start, I could barley remain in my seat because of all the excitement.
There were moments during this two-hour and 20-minute movie when I was disappointed, but overall, I loved the experience and think the movie isn’t half bad for having started out as a book. Jennifer Lawrence did an amazing job bringing to life main character Katniss Everdeen; she played the role almost exactly how I pictured the strong, scared, and tortured heroine.
However, I think one of the downfalls of this film was that it did a weak job of building up Gale and Katniss’ relationship. If you did not read the books ahead of time, you might completely miss that there is supposed to be an intense love triangle between Katniss, Gale, and Peeta. In the books, Gale played a huge role in Katniss’ life; before the games, Peeta was practically a stranger. But the movie put forth almost no effort making Gale an important character.
The thing I found most disappointing, though, was the lack of world-building moments in the film compared to the book. One of the coolest parts of this story is the world Suzanne Collins created, and it took a backseat in the movie when, in my opinion, it should have been front and center. In the book, District 12 seems almost haunted by pain, dirt, and desperation. Although the movie began to touch upon the horrible environment Katniss was raised in, I think it falls short in expressing how awful things are in the districts.
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie and would recommend it both to people who have read the books and those who have not yet been sucked into the world of Panem. (If you haven’t read the series, you should go right now to your local library to check the books out. Then, cancel all your plans for 24 hours so you can read them.)