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The Hunger Games Movie

I liked the movie version of The Hunger Games. They do a pretty good job of following the book.

They toned down the violence, but if the movie had same level of violence as in the books, the movie would have ended up with an R rating. It’s a little strange. The book is for young adults, but if they hadn’t toned down the violence, the young adults wouldn’t have been able to see the movie. In the theaters anyway. 😉 They can read it, they just can’t watch it. It strikes me as bizarre.

The movie left out stuff, of course. But movies can’t ever be as detailed as the book. I am not upset about that.

But I do wonder if people who haven’t read the book will get the movie. I mean, there are so many things it doesn’t explain. It implies, yeah, and the characters say things in passing. But if you miss a line or two, there are lots of minor details you won’t get.

Like when Katniss tells her sister not to put in extra slips with her name because the extra food isn’t worth it. Would you get the characters can put in extra slips with their names, as many extra slips as they have family? And that the slips are cumulative? I am not sure I would.

It’s little stuff like that. Most people probably still understood the story, but still.

It was fun watching though. I liked the parade scene when both their costumes are on fire. 😉 And the interview one where her dress ignites. She isn’t in public when Peeta announces he has a crush on her, but still. Not bad. 😉

I liked the scene where the tributes first break out. Everything is chaos and violent and bloody. There isn’t a lot of blood afterward, but that was a good scene.

And the scene where Rue dies? Fantastic. I had tears in my eyes.

One the last scenes, when the other tribute has Peeta in a headlock, Cato does this short monologue about how he’s already dead. I don’t remember that from the book, but it was pretty touching. In that moment he was a lot more sympathetic than I remember from the book.

On the train ride home, Katniss says she wants to forget what happened. It implies she faked/exaggerated her feelings for Peeta. Which she did, but the movie doesn’t state that explicitly. That kind of disappointed me.

Also, I wish Haymitch had looked like a drunk in the movie. He sobered up fast. LOL

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15 thoughts on “The Hunger Games Movie

  1. I hadn’t finished reading the book yet, and am waiting till I do to see the movie. And ack! I almost read spoilers here! >.< But yeah, I had it coming trying to read this. Nice review. I am looking forward to it now a bit more than the average movie adaptation.

  2. They toned down the violence, but if the movie had same level of violence as in the books, the movie would have ended up with an R rating.

    Yes! I saw this movie recently and thought they did a good job of it. I was so ready for the start of the Hunger Games because that’s when the blood started flying but they toned it down and it worked nicely. With the record breaking opening weekend, I guess it’s safe to say that they will be doing the sequels. I still haven’t read the other two books in the series yet. I don’t know what I’m waiting for.

    1. I haven’t read second sequel, either. I read the third one though. 😉 I know, it set a new record for a non-squeal movie it’s first week. The next one will probably break records as well.

  3. Hi!, thanks for stopping by! I thought the movie was a nice supplement to the book, but I think it would have been hard for people who haven’t read the books to understand a lot of stuff that happened. Overall, I thought it okay mostly because I felt like it couldn’t stand on its own as a movie.

      1. I suppose not. Like I said, I think its a good supplement to the book. I guess I would have to speak to someone who saw it without reading the book

  4. I think the great thing about movie franchises like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Twilight is that people see the films, and then rush to go read the book. So then when see the film again, they understand the small little things like Katniss mentioning the tessarae and the true extent of the blood and gore. It gets more people involved and it makes literature, YA in particular, cool again.

    I haven’t seen the film yet, but it’s nice to know that it is in many ways still similar to the book. But Suzanne Collins did write the screenplay, so that probably had a lot to do with it! Great post, Sonia (:

    1. Well I hope lots of people are inspired to read the book! Would be good. 😉 But I don’t know – I know lots of people would watch the movie, but not read the book.

      It is pretty faithful the book. I didn’t know she wrote the screenplay. That’s interesting.

  5. I’m thinking this should be a good time for me to re-read and review the book! I dont plan on watching the movie just yet, so maybe this would help spend the time till it hits theatres where I am?

    How do you get the time to link to so many other blogs who wrote on this?

    1. Probably. I didn’t reread it, couldn’t find the time, but I wanted to.

      WordPress found those for me. LOL I just chose the ones that were from a blog.

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