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I was introduced to The Hunger Games by one of my favorite mom bloggers. She actually let me borrow the books last year, and told me that I had to read them. Well, I took them home that night and started the first book, and could not put it down. This book had me memorized and was on my mind all the time. The author does a great job of capturing your attention, with elaborate setting descriptions and thrilling plot points. The characters are very well developed, and it doesn’t get old like some teen books tend to do.
So after reading the AMAZING books, I found out they were making a movie (in my home state no less) and knew that I would be there on opening day. While I was waiting for the movie to be released I had my mom (who is usually my favorite movie date) read the books as well. I really don’t think you can enjoy this movie for all it’s worth without first reading the books. Alas, the highly anticipated wait was finally over, and the movie was released last week.
I had already been preparing myself for the let downs. I was reading anything I could get my hands on, so I would know what to expect when I saw it for the first time on the big screen, and I have to say I really underestimated the power of film!
From the very first scene, I knew that had the perfect cast. There was really only one scene in the movie (it was with Peeta) where I thought it fell short of the character from the book, but I can’t even remember what it was so obviously this wasn’t a big deal. Jennifer Lawrence embodied everything I believed to be true about Katniss, and I loved watching her on screen. She was especially touching in the scenes where she volunteered to be the tribute in place of her sister Primrose, and in the scene where she was about to enter the arena. Her body was shaking the way you would expect, but even the book wasn’t able to convey the fear as she did on screen. She had me in tears a few times.
The settings were also amazing, they looked exactly like what I had pictured in my head. The districts looked like poor and dreary places to live, full of pain and sadness. The capital and its people, on the other hand, were so extravagant and over the top, and every image in the film was what I pictured in my mind, even the food was impressive. The movie brought certain things to life that I hadn’t even considered. Like the clothes they were given to wear, they were gorgeousness, and while reading I really didn’t give much thought to what it would have been like to go from the two extremes.
There are so many other things I would like to cover, but don’t want to write a book in one post ;). Watch for Part 2 and possibly Part 3 of this review.
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