Viewed: 3/23/12 With: Mom, Rachel, Rachel’s Mom.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
So I know this post is kinda late, but better late than never! :D
So the Hunger Games was AWESOME! and if you haven’t watched it yet, stop reading, and go watch it. NOW! Seriously! Because there may be spoilers ahead!
I really liked in the movie how well they stayed with the main events and details in the book. Now I understand they can only put in so much for a movie, but as always, I’m kinda disappointed they changed a few minor details, such as cutting Madge out entirely, so the Mockingjay thing is a little off. And what was up with the finger pricking at the check in of the Reaping? Thank goodness for this futuristic technology (hopefully) so that nobody catches any DISEASES!
Anyways, I was also really happy with all of the performances by the actors. When I first saw Jennifer Lawrence was casted as Katniss, I wasn’t sure how well it would work out. But she nailed it! Even though I wanted to strangle Katniss in the book half of the time, I thought Jennifer did a pretty good job. And may I say it’s so REFRESHING to see a strong female lead! (I’m looking at you Bella from Twilight!)
Josh Hutcherson did a nice job as well. :) Definitely can’t wait to see him in the upcoming movies.
Liam Hemsworth, ah, :). I was just slightly disappointed that they didn’t show very much of Gale. I mean, I get he wasn’t really there in the action, but I felt that Katniss thought about him a lot more than what they showed.
Another thing I really enjoyed was how INTENSE it was! Come on, I read the books and I was still holding my breath as Prim’s name was called at the Reaping!
The only thing I kind of worry about is how well this movie would come across to viewers who haven’t read the books? I, once again, get that they can only put so much into a movie, but there is so much more detail and backstory in the books!
Overall, I’m very happy with the movie, and super pumped it broke box office records with a $155 million opening weekend, and still did well with a $60 million second weekend. Horray Hunger Games! :)