Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Hunger Games movie
Our whole family read the book (and loved it, of course) - here is my review. Craig, our 14-year old, got to see the movie the first day it came out, with his entire English class on a field trip, but the rest of us hadn't seen it yet. We are visiting my father-in-law in Oklahoma and finally had some free time to go to the movies yesterday (a rarity for us!).
Within the first 10 minutes of the movie, I was already crying, and Jamie, my 17-year old son, was whispering to me, "I just have to read the whole series again!" (and of course, also making fun of me for crying!). In fact, I cried three times during the movie, even though I knew what to expect after reading the book.
I thought they did a fabulous job of adapting the book into a movie; it was obvious that Suzanne Collins co-wrote the screenplay and advised on production. The casting was perfect - every character just seemed to match my mental images. I especially liked Stanley Tucci as the MC, Caeser Flickerman, with his blue hair and wild enthusiasm. And, of course, the actors in the main roles of Katniss, Peeta, and Gale were just wonderful. Lenny Kravitz was an unusual but inspired choice for Cinna.
I loved seeing the Capitol and all of its superficial people brought to life - it was just amazing eye candy! And, even though I knew what was going to happen, the action in the arena was still horrifying and compelling.
So, overall, a big thumbs up from my family. Those two and a half hours passed by very quickly (other than my full bladder by the end!). We can't wait to see Catching Fire!
What did you think of the movie?