Winning means fame and wealth.
Losing means certain death.
The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian version of the future where, every year, one girl and one boy are from each of the twelve districts are selected to take part in the Hunger Games – a contest where all twenty-four tributes are released into an arena and forced to fight till the death… until there is only a lone victor remaining. Every single moment is televised everyone you see is out to kill you.
I had very high expectations for this movie: the book is brilliant, and so I expected the film to be brilliant too. I’m always so nervous when books become films because the directors tend to stray too far from the original plot.
But I’m pleased to say that the Hunger Games movie was pretty darn close to perfection!
Sure, they missed out some things. The Avox girl that Katniss recognised wasn’t there; it wasn’t Madge who gave Katniss the Mockingjay pin; and in the Arena, Peeta didn’t get blood poisoning. And of course, they had to fit the three weeks of the book into two hours of film, so everything seemed to progress a lot faster.
But still, they only missed out the most minute of details. Everything important from the book was in there: the reaping scene, the train to the Capitol, the interviews.
The Capitol was fantastic. The costumes that the citizens wore were insane and incredible, with crazy coloured wigs and lashings of make-up. Apparently, they had over three thousand extras for the Capitol scenes alone! The scenery of the Capitol was amazing too. Everything was marble and sleek and ultra-modern, in sharp contrast with the poverty of the outer districts.
I’m not ashamed to say that I cried during the movie. Even though I knew what was coming, I still cried like a baby. That, if nothing else, is proof that the film is (almost) as good as the book! I’ve heard rumours that even sixteen-year-old guys have sobbed during this!
I can’t criticize the acting, either; whoever did the casting did it well! Cato was just as terrifying, evil and slightly insane as he was in the book; Rue was just as sweet and adorable; and Effie was just as condescending, patronising and irritating as her fictional counterpart.
If you haven’t seen it yet… what’s taking you so long? This movie is not to be missed. And if you want to enjoy it even more, and find out exactly what’s going through Katniss’s head every second of the way, don’t forget to read the book too!
If you have seen it already, all you diehard fans… tell me what you thought! Was it what you expected?