The moment that I’ve been waiting for since I read The Hunger Games in April of 2009 (yeah, I was kind of ahead of the curve, but didn’t read it RIGHT when it came out) finally came. I went to a midnight showing of The Hunger Games.
I hadn’t anticipated on going, but Penelope from The Reading Fever organized a great event, and I couldn’t not go with my blogger friends. Jenni Elyse has a great recap up on her blog if you want to know how the pre-party went.
So, here are my thoughts on the movie with as few spoilers as possible. There will inevitably be spoilers for the book, so you may not want to read my review until you’ve either read the book or seen the movie.
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. Jennifer Lawrence was Katniss. Yes, she’s too old, curvy, not starved, whatever. But, none of that matters to me. She channeled Katniss and even without the inner dialogue that we were privy to in the book, she was absolutely convincing. Things that stood out to me were how she was really cold, but the chemistry between her and her sister Prim, and Cinna, just popped off the screen. Loved it. I also thought she was extremely convincing at showing fear. The moments before she entered the arena were very intense.
Liam Hemsworth as Gale. Eh, he was okay. I thought he really needed to learn to close his mouth though. He looked like a total mouth breather.
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark. I really liked him! I thought he did a good job as Peeta, and though he didn’t blow me away, he wasn’t Robert Pattinson.
Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman. I could not get enough of Stanley Tucci. He is to Casear Flickerman as Alan Rickman is to Snape. Born for the role. I WISH he was in Mockingjay so that I could see more of him.
Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. I was not expecting much from Lenny Kravitz. But, he really knocked it out of the park, particularly in his scenes alone with Katniss. Very well done.
Pre-arena stuff was done really well. The CGI for the flames on Peeta and Katniss were a little hokey. But, everything else looked great, especially the capitol citizens. There was a stark contrast between District 12 and the Capitol, which was great.
The arena didn’t make me quite as tense as it did in the book. But, things like Rue’s death, the tracker jackers, and the muttations were nicely done.
Overall, this is one of the best book to movie adaptations I’ve seen in awhile. But, it should be noted that all I wanted was to get the same feeling from the movie that I did from the book. And it definitely delivered.