Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.(IMDb)
Wow. Not in awhile have I seen a movie actually live up to all of the hype surrounding it. I am a fan of the books, so I was really excited for this movie. And I wasn’t disappointed. First off, this movie was perfectly cast. Donald Sutherland (President Snow) Wes Bentley (Seneca) Stanley Tucci (Caesar) Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) Woody Harrelson (Haymitch) and Elizabeth Banks (Effie) are all fantastic as the adults of the world. But we all know, the move belongs to the younger generation. Liam Hemsworth (Gale) Amandla Sternberg (Rue) Willow Shields (Prim) Alexander Ludwig (Cato) and of course Josh Hutcherson (Peeta). So good. Then, if this movie belongs to the younger characters, then of course it truly belongs to Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. A truly amazing performance. With the movie itself, I have never seen a more faithful adaptation than this one. Yes, some minor details and subplots were either changed or omitted, but this always happens with book to movie adaptations. What makes this one different was how it was done. Also, showing the “behind the scenes” of the games gave Seneca and Caesar bigger roles and were a nice way to fill in people things about the world that you would have to read the book to know. It was also effective in making the switch from first to third person. Speaking of the world, wow. Defining the visual looks of the world was extremely well done. District 12 had this Depression era/Dust Bowl feel to it, in sharp contrast to The Capitol, which looked like a crazy Fashion Week on acid, then to the arena, which was huge and vast. The cinematography was great (an actual effective use of shaky camera), the special effects were really well done (the fire). Also, what this movie did well was throw in some of the smaller beginning bits of Book Two to really set up the sequel. Overall, I really can’t think of negative things to say about this movie. I cried. Multiple times. A definite must see.