I saw the Hunger Games movie yesterday, and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed the movie nearly as much as I love the books. You don’t have to read the books first in order to get what’s going on, but it does help you get more of the back story. Since the author Suzanne Collins worked on the screenplay herself; it does capture the essence of the book very well. Fans of the novel won’t be disappointed. I would highly suggest reading the book first, and that’s not just because I’m a librarian.
For those (like, 2 of you) who don’t know, The Hunger Games is set in a future of 12 Districts ruled by the Panem government, which is based in the bright and shiny Capitol. Every year two teens are selected from each District to participate in a televised death match called the Hunger Games. 24 teens enter, one teen wins. This is to remind the Districts why the Capitol is in charge. It takes reality TV to a whole new level of scary.
It’s violent. It’s frightening. It will make you cry. It’s also a story full of hope, romance, strength, and rebellion. There really is something for everyone.
The look of the Capitol was just how I pictured it in my head. They did a fabulous job with the costuming. I didn’t feel like Effie was nearly absurd enough, and President Snow should have been a bit of a snappier dresser. The movie used plenty of shaky cam to make sure it got the PG-13 rating.
Last weekend, it raked in over $155 million. It ranks third all-time for opening weekend gross profits. I’m happy to have contributed my 10 bucks.
I can’t wait to see what they do with Catching Fire.