Thanks to our local library, my family and I were able to see The Hunger Games tonight before it officially opened in our local theatres and I must say I am so glad!
So here’s the synopsis of the story for those who are not familiar: Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister’s place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentor-ship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy when she is pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
I went into the theatre knowing that because I have read the books my expectations were going to be very high, and that was not going to bode well for the movie. I knew from the trailers that the characters weren’t going to look exactly like they were described in the novel, but I was hoping that the filmmakers would at least stay as true to the book as they could. I was pleasantly surprised. The movie had all of the important parts and stayed pretty true to the story…only one glaring change in the beginning that disappointed a bit. But over all I loved it. The casting was fantastic! I believed every character and loved whom I was supposed to love and hated those whom I was supposed to hate. Jennifer Lawrence portrayed Katniss Everdeen with a complexity that I did not think would come across on the screen. Josh Hutcherson played Peeta Mellark and did a wonderful job in getting everyone to love him. I must say that I really enjoyed watching Donald Sutherland play the President and Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch Abernathy was pitch perfect. What a great cast.
The film work was very shaky so I would recommend not sitting in the front row. It is PG-13 because of the nature of the story, but the film itself did a very good job in keeping the gore to a minimum, which I was very grateful for. There are scary scenes of course so if your children are at all skittish I would recommend seeing it yourself first.
So, would I recommend this movie? Yes! Would I see it again? Yes! Will I buy it when it comes out on DVD? Yes!
Short and sweet, that’s how I like it…May the odds be ever in your favor.