Just wow. Since launching Mockingjay.net in 2009, I’ve been anxious and excited to someday see the film version of The Hunger Games. I expected some level of ‘Hollywood’ – pointless changes, glamorization, fakeness, and always had that nagging worry that the movie would be a huge disappointment. After seeing it I can say…this movie is amazing. Fans of the books and non-fans alike will be entertained, intrigued, and moved by Gary Ross’ film version of Suzanne Collins’ novel.
The Hunger Games may be the best adaptation of a book I’ve ever seen. I think the best way to explain why is, when I watch the film adaptations of other books (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or Twilight, for example), it’s a very different experience. It’s cool to see a version of a book that I love on screen, and I absolutely love many adaptations of books, but I don’t really feel the same way watching the movies as I did when reading. While the actors and directors do a great job creating entertaining movies, the films are very separate experiences for me.
The Hunger Games book and film are perfectly complementary experiences. With The Hunger Games film, I felt all the same emotions I did while reading the book and it just really came to life for me. I believed the actors were the characters that I read in the books. Josh Hutcherson is Peeta. Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss. Elizabeth Banks is Effie. I don’t mean it was a perfect scene by scene, word by word adaptation. Things were changed, scenes were added, as you need to do to make a good movie – but it was just so faithful, and true to the novel’s message. It was also just an entertaining, and moving film in it’s own right.