Saturday, March 24, 2012

Movie: The Hunger Games

I welcome you back to my blog and to restart (since I have been away switching schools and grades and jobs and all) I am starting with the latest movie that I have seen. This movie was one I had been looking forward to since I heard it was coming out and that is the Hunger Games. I read the books many months ago and all I remember from those days of reading was blur. I spent hours reading the books and I did not put them down. 

Like I mentioned above I was eagerly anticipating the movie. As information leaked out I was excited about the cast (other than Haymitch...I wasn't sure about Woody Harrelson, the pictures didn't quite look like I had in my mind) and the few pictures they let out. I was in for the movie, I even wore my Mockingjay pin to the movie tonight (I know, I know...I am such a dork...sorry no picture of me with it, but the teachers I work with and my friends can attest to me wearing it...At least I wasn't as bad as the screaming teenage girls...but my wife would say I was close)

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The movie was done really well overall. As with most books that are made into movies, the movies are usually not as good as the book. Most of the time those movies are far off, I think back to Percy Jackson, Sum of All Fears, The Narnia Movies,
Di Vinci Code, Seeker, The Dark is Rising among others. This was one of the rare ones, the movie was quite good, not as good as the book but pretty darn close.

I don't want to give too much away but what I will say is that the things the movie cut from the book don't really change the tone of the movie or negativity affects what the books stand for. My only grip from the movie is at the beginning that is where most of the changes happen. Even adding the scenes with Seneca Crane and President Snow helps enhance the story for the movie and changes it just enough to make the movie its own entity.

All in all, an excellent adaptation of an amazing book. This movie falls closer great movie, better book category that so few do. Hopefully I have not given to much away for those who have not read the book, that by the way is where you should start. Be warned, once you start reading, you won't stop. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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