Quite a while ago (a year or more?) a few friends recommended that I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I am an avid reader, and I literally flew through the series. I loved the books and instantly knew the story HAD to be made into a movie.
Since I read the books, my two older daughters and husband also ate them up, and so the four of us have been eagerly awaiting the movie release.
My girls bought tickets for the midnight show weeks ago, but my husband and I decided to go for the easier route: we went to a 10:45 am showing on opening day. Perfect!
About the Hunger Games:
If you don’t already know the story behind the Hunger Games, here’s a little recap:
In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.
Who should see The Hunger Games?
The book and the movie are visually graphic and emotionally intense and not for young children or the weak stomached. There is plenty of violence, but there is also plenty of humanity and courage and wisdom and kindness, too.
I would certainly recommend the movie for ages 12 and up (and generally would recommend not taking children under 12, but only parents know their children and how they will handle an intense story like this). In my opinion, older kids that can handle reading the books will probably love the movie, but on the other hand, I’m sure there are plenty of adults who will find the movie disturbing and would rather steer clear. It IS disturbing. But I couldn’t recommend it more.
Did I like The Hunger Games movie? How did it compare to the book?
First, I must say that tears flowed down my face multiple times during the movie, and I am not a crier. The movie moved me. Like I said above, the movie is intense but there is so much GOOD intensity about it. It stirred my emotions more than a few times, and not just because people died.
As with any book that is made into a movie, some things HAD to be left out and a few things were changed. Since it had been a while since I read the first book, my memories of details in the book were a little hazy, and honestly I think that was to my benefit. While I noticed some changes, they didn’t bother me at all. My husband was a little more upset about a few of the adjustments, but even he was extremely impressed.
Without becoming a spoiler post, I will say this: I think that the movie was perfectly cast. Jennifer Lawrence was a beautiful, believable Katniss. I would have enjoyed more relationship development between Katniss and Peeta in the games, and some additional background on Katniss and Gale’s relationship back home.
Have you seen The Hunger Games?
If you have seen the movie, I’d love to talk about your reaction in the comments below. While this post was spoiler-free, I’ll open the comments up to ANYTHING (so beware those of you who haven’t watched the movie yet. You may want to stop reading now…).
I think I’ll be re-reading the books over Spring Break (which starts next week) and making plans to see the movie again. I really did like it that much.
Photo credits: Murray Close and Lionsgate Films
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