The Hunger Games movie obviously could not have matched up to the book, but it came very close in replicating a lot of detail from it, making it quite a treat to watch for someone who has read and loved the book. To see the physical manifestation of the picture one creates in the mind when reading is one of the reasons why it is always so exciting to watch the movie when you have read the book.
3 things stood out for me.
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen of course – perfect casting choice in my opinion. Not the dainty, helpless or staggeringly petite girl one would imagine going by the trend these days – but a very real, grounded, agile, strong girl who completely represents the district she comes from – where life is tough and nothing comes without a fight. And yet, you find her standing out among the crowd.
Stanley Tucci as Caeser Flickerman – I have grown to love this actor from watching him in films like The Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia, Shall We Dance, Maid in Manhattan, Conspiracy, etc. In The Hunger Games – he plays a not so central character with such effect that it seems like many of those scenes would have lost their charm without him. He has a typical quality that speaks so highly of him as an actor that I just enjoy every role he plays and adds that extra something that makes it a memorable one for me.
The other actors like Elizabeth Banks with her over the top fashion style as Effie trinket, or Lenny Kravitz as Cinna are also fairly contributing to the movie – though I think their roles were much more powerful in the book. And the two boys – Josh Hutcherson and Liam Helmsworth were just OK.
The Recreation of the Capitol and the Games Arena is so awesome and spectacular and I am so glad to have seen this movie on the big screen at least once to experience the scale of the sets and effects and the design. I think what really adds to the appeal of this movie is the attention paid to detail. The people of the Capitol, how they dress, the city itself and in comparison District 12 and its own inhabitants. The way the character and feel of the book have been kept intact and reproduced is commendable.
Then there was the game maker’s laboratory – wooo! Sheer Delight!! Really was like a peep into 100s of years from now what a dystopic society would look like. Again, very believable.
So as someone who completely adored the book, and the series – this was a very good attempt indeed. Only maybe the concluding minutes could have been a little more elaborate – coz for those who may not have read the book and especially the series – it would really look like it ended abruptly.
I would give the movie a 7/10 . Sad that there is a controversy about using african americans to play some of the characters like Cinna (District 12’s designer/stylist), Rue and Thresh (Tributes from District 11).
I thought Lenny Kravitz as Cinna and the girl who played Rue were perfect for their parts – did not even realise their non-white status until I had heard about this controversy.