I'm sure you're all going to be sick of hearing about this film, but I'm going to give my two pence worth anyway. Benjamin and I went to see the Hunger Games on opening night and I have been pondering on how good I thought it was ever since.
I was very excited to see this film, even though I didn't think the books were all that brilliant, I did think they would be great on the big screen.
There were things I liked and things I didn't. Much like the book.
I liked the casting. I'm a fan of Jennifer Lawrence. Watch Winter's Bone, she is fabulous in it. And Gale is rather nice to look at. I was suprised at some of the special effects. They must have known this movie was going to be huge, but some of the special effects are, quite frankly, crap, which made me wonder how big their budget was. It must have been huge, but I say, have a bigger one for the next film. My fake fireplace has more realistic flames than Katniss and Peeta's costumes.
I liked the fact that there was less kissing in the film than the book, the book made me gag a bit. The film seemed very long. And the actual 'Hunger Games' part seemed disproportionately short. Perhaps it was in the book too, I don't remember.
I'm not sure how ratings work in the US, but in the UK certain parts of the film had to be cut in order to achieve a 12a rating. All blood splattering and blood on weapons had to be removed, so the start of the Hunger Games was pretty weak and fake looking. I did wonder how they were going to translate the book onto the big screen properly. The book is quite graphic.
I definitely enjoyed it and look forward to Catching Fire, but I was left thinking it could definitely have been better.
My rating ~ 3.5/5