Well, I finally got to see The Hunger Games in the theater! DH and I wanted to go together, and it was hard to find some spare time together without the kidlet. I had bought movie tickets online from BuyWithMe (now apparently defunct), and we couldn’t use them on the opening weekend. I don’t like going on opening weekend anyway, especially for something that’s been so hyped up, since it’s always so crowded. So we finally made it last weekend.
Overall, I was very happy with it. The cast was wonderful. I thought Jennifer Lawrence captured Katniss’s awkwardness and naivete, as well as her resolve and courage. Liam Hemsworth was perfection as Gale; I can totally see him as the future Mockingjay-era Gale already. Elizabeth Banks’s Effie was also dead on, as were Donald Sutherland’s President Snow and Stanley Tucci’s Caesar Flickerman. Woody Harrelson was an excellent Haymitch Abernathy, and I just wish he had gotten more screen time. They seemed to cut out some of the depth of his character in the movie. Same complaint about Cinna, even though Lenny Kravitz played him perfectly. The weak link for me in the cast was Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. Not that he was bad or anything, but I just didn’t feel like he had a very inspired performance.
The other complaint I have about the movie is the clothing. Specifically, Katniss’s clothing. The clothes that she wore at the Capitol were described in such detail that I had a very specific idea what they should look like, and the movie didn’t even come close to living up to it, particularly the dress she wore for her interview with Caesar. I can see her jeweled dress very clearly in my mind’s eye, and the orange number that she wore in the movie is just blah in comparison, flames or no.
Overall, though, my complaints are pretty minor in the scope of the movie. I laughed and cried in all the right places. I cheered for Katniss, but I still felt sympathy for the other tributes, even Cato, for being just as much of a pawn of the Capitol as she was.
I’m very much looking forward to the next book coming to life on the big screen. Catching Fire is my favorite book in the trilogy, and there are quite a few new characters to meet.
So if you’ve read the book, go see the movie. I don’t think that you will be disappointed overall. If you haven’t read the book, still go see the movie. DH hasn’t read any of the books, but he enjoyed the show just as much as I did, and we spent quite a bit of time talking about it later in the day. Either way, I think this is one movie that’s worth seeing on the big screen.