It’s been a bit over a week since Gabriel and I went to a screening of The Hunger Games. I wanted to re-read the series again after watching the movie so I could give my thoughts. Hands down this film rocked it. The actors, the sets, the music. Everything came together really well on screen and made you feel like you were both in the Districts and in the Games. Which as I’ve said before is the main thing I look for in a movie. When I first heard they were making The Hunger Games into a movie I was a little worried about the casting choices just like everyone else, but they all delivered. Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence was of course the fan favorite, but you know who blew me away with their performance?
Josh Hutcherson who played Peeta Mellark. Especially the critical cave scene and well just about any other scene he was in. I do wish they would have give Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) a little bit more screen time, but thaat was my only complaint. You all know how I usually say how much better the book was than the movie, but in this case I loved them both. The book of course had more details, but I was pleasantly surprised at how true to the book the movie actually was. You will have your naysayers who insist that the small changes like Rue captured in a net on the ground instead of the air was not as good, but come on. As far as adaptions go there is only so much you can put into a bit over 2 hour timeframe.
I’ve been getting questions about kids and what age is appropriate for the film. I took my 10 year old Gabriel. He’s read all the books and loved the film. I will let Isabella who is 7 watch it, but she won’t understand as much of it as my oldest done. I think 7 and up is a good age for this particular film. Gabriel also said that his school library has 8 copies of The Hunger Games and every copy is checked out and there is a waiting list for it. So get your kid a copy and let them read it then go see the movie.
Did you see The Hunger Games? What did you think? Yea or Nay?